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Policy, Oversight and Administration

A minimum of 60 credits of approved graduate work is required. Some of these credits are required (core) courses, and the remainder are electives. Elective courses are chosen by the student, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, from a wide range of criminal justice graduate courses or approved courses taught in other doctoral programs of the City University of New York.

Required Courses
There are 8 core courses: Criminal Justice Process and Policy I and II (70600, 70700), Research Methods I and II (70100,70300), Statistics I and II (70000, 70200), Advanced Policy Analysis (84100) and Criminology and Public Policy (88100). Students who do not receive a grade of B or better in these core courses will be reviewed by the Executive Committee and may be dropped from the program or required to complete additional coursework in those areas. Comprehensive exams are completed at the end of the first and second academic year and are based on the core courses. Please note, POA track students must be available to attend courses as early as 4:00pm.

Elective and transfer credits
In addition to the core requirements, students must complete 28 credits of elective courses. One of these courses must be an advanced methodological course or an advanced statistical course. Third year students can transfer up to 21 credits from a higher degree (e.g., M.A., MPhil, J.D.), upon approval from the Executive Officer.

Advanced Degree
Students are required to complete an advanced degree such as a Juris Doctorate, or a master’s degree related to Criminal Justice or Public Administration prior to entering this program.

Criminal Justice PhD Program’s Policy Oversight & Administration (POA) Learning Goals.