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Criminal Justice

PhD Program Description

Ranked in the top-10 nationwide by US News and World Report, the doctoral program in Criminal Justice is designed to provide students with a command of criminological theory, research methods, and criminal justice policy; as well as in-depth knowledge in areas of specialization within criminology and/or criminal justice.

PhD Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the PhD program in Criminal Justice will be prepared to make significant contributions to the understanding and study of crime and justice. Students will be prepared to pursue careers in academia and the public sector, as well as in research organizations that focus on the study of crime and its impact on individuals, families, and communities. Graduates of the program will be prepared to conduct independent, original research and to produce high-quality scholarship.

The doctoral degree is awarded based on evidence that the candidate has achieved a high level of proficiency in independent scholarship and research. This is assessed through course grades, the comprehensive exam, the production of a publishable quality empirical paper, and successful defense of the dissertation.


Jimmy Camacho, Assistant Dean

123 Washington Street

Center for Law and Justice | 5th Floor


Phone: 973-353-3448
Fax: 973-353-5896



Website: Criminal Justice

General Information

Degree Offered: Ph.D.
Part Time Study Available: Yes

Degree Credit Requirements

Ph.D.: 60 credits

Career Opportunities 

Our program trains expert researchers who would have the qualifications for the following kinds of careers: 

  • Professor at a 2- or 4-year university; 

  • Research director at a state criminal justice / public sector agency; 

  • Associate at a non-profit research agency

Application Requirements and Deadlines

GRE scores, transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, and a writing sample.

Due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are waiving the GRE requirement for the 2020-2021 application cycle.


Ph.D. Deadline: January 5th.

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