Doctoral Degree: Requirements

  • The Doctor of Philosophy degree will require a total of 90 credit hours beyond the bachelorís degree, of which 12 hours are required courses. Of the remianing credit hours, up to 30 may be dissertation credit hours (P859). A student must have at least one minor area from outside the Department of Criminal Justice. The requirements for the outside minor are defined by the department offering the minor.
  • Students are required to complete 3 hours in research methods (P594) and 6 hours in statistics (currently taught in the Statistics Department ). There also is a research tool requirement that may be satisfied by completing 3 hours in a research practicum (P599) or other research skills course(s). The student's advisory committee chair person must approve the means by which this requirement is met.
    These courses assume that the entering student has a basic understanidn of descriptive and inferential statistics. If not, students will be required to take individually prescribed compensatory courses. Incoming students who have completed one or more graduate-level statistics and methods courses may elect to take a proficiency examination in methods and statistics, which will be offered by the Department at the beginning of the fall semester. Students who, in the judgment of the examining committee, demonstrate proficiency may petition to waive one or more of P594, P595, and P596.
  • Students admitted directly into the Ph.D. program without a graduate degree in criminal justice may earn a M.A. degree in criminal justice by completing all of the M.A. requirements specified in this handbook.
  • P855 (Research in Criminal Justice) and P851 (Readings in Criminal Justice) may be used to satisfy requirements within any area of concentration at the discretion of the graduate affairs committee. Normally, these courses are limited to six (6) credit hours, but may be allowed to go beyond six credits with the consent of the studentís advisory committee.