PROGRAM STUDENT HANDBOOK
Criminal Justice PhD Program Student Handbook
Guidelines for Dissertation Committees and Defenses
EXAMINATIONS & FORMS
Fall 2021 Cohort – Present
First Exam - Comprehensive Exams
Second Exam - Publishable Paper
Third Exam - Dissertation
Second Exam – Registration Form
Second Exam – Approval Form
Dissertation Proposal – Approval of Outside Reader Form
Dissertation Proposal – Committee Registration Form
Dissertation Proposal – Defense Schedule Form
Dissertation Defense – Schedule Form
Prior to Fall 2021
First Exam – Comprehensive Exams
Second Exam – Dissertation Proposal
Third Exam – Dissertation
Committee Registration Form
Approval of Outside Reader Form
Dissertation Proposal Schedule Form
Dissertation Defense Schedule Form
Powerpoint Presentation Template 1
Powerpoint Presentation Template 2
Poster Presentation Template
For all other forms please contact the program APO or College Assistant.
Current Reading List
Qualifying Exams Example Questions
Please Note: New qualifying exams format (Theory, Research Methods/Statistics) applies to students taking the qualifying exams August 2021 and beyond. The questions above reflect the prior format.
The Criminal Justice Doctoral Students’ Association (CJDSA) was founded in 2011, by and for the students of CUNY’s PhD program in Criminal Justice. The Association is the focal point of a cohesive student community, and represents student interests across all aspects of our roles as researchers, teachers, and professionals. Students in the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program stand at the intersection of many institutions with divergent agendas, from the administrations of John Jay College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the City University of New York as a whole, to our union (the Professional Staff Congress), the Doctoral Students’ Council, and many others. The CJDSA was founded to manage student relationships with all of these bodies, and to advocate for the interests of individual students and the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program as a whole, in all of the many arenas where decisions are taken that affect aspects of our educational experience.
We hope to serve as a comprehensive source of information for and about our students, and to help make our fellow students’ post-graduate education everything it should be. To learn more about CJDSA or to view upcoming events, visit our website here.
Students are encouraged to join one or more professional associations and to consider attending their annual meetings. These organizations typically offer substantial discounts for student affiliates and one of the benefits of membership is receiving research journals. Some of the associations Criminal Justice scholars are typically affiliated with are The American Society of Criminology (ASC) and The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).