Curriculum

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    Making Degree Progress in Your Criminology PhD

    The PhD program in criminology is designed to be completed in approximately three to four calendar years of full-time study beyond the master’s. The curriculum requires a minimum of 54 semester hours of acceptable graduate credit. Each student must complete requirements for (a) coursework; (b) special proficiency requirements; (c) qualifying exams; (d) skill requirement, if needed; and (e) dissertation.

    Required Course Work

    Core Courses (21 semester hours):

    CRIM 810 — Advanced Theoretical Criminology, 3 credits

    CRIM 817 — Advanced Qualitative Methods, 3 credits

    CRIM 818 — Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology, 3 credits

    CRIM 820 — Advanced Quantitative Methods, 3 credits

    CRIM 830 — Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology, 3 credits

    CRIM 840 — Advanced Criminal Justice Policy, 3 credits

    CRIM 851 — Doctoral Colloquium in Criminology, 3 credits

    Criminology Electives:

    Six semester hours minimum

    Advanced Applied Research:

    Nine semester hours minimum

    CRIM 901 — Advanced Applied Research I

    CRIM 902 — Advanced Applied Research II

    CRIM 903 — Advanced Applied Research III

    Other Electives:

    Six semester hours from Criminology or related disciplines

    • Qualifying Examination: Upon completion of 18 semester hours, a student must take qualifying examinations in core subject areas. After successful completion, a student may proceed towards fulfillment of remaining degree requirements.
    • Comprehensive Area of Specialization Competence Review: Areas of Concentration—Each student must decide upon one subspecialty within criminology. Upon consultation with the student, the student’s advisory committee, and the doctoral coordinator, a proficiency review will be conducted.
    • Skill requirement: (0–6 semester hours) A deficiency in this area may be remedied by completing one of the following alternatives:
      • Foreign language competency
      • Computer
      • Advanced statistics
      • Advanced research methods
      • Other appropriate areas as approved by the doctoral coordinator

    Further details regarding any of these skill requirements can be obtained from the doctoral coordinator.

    • Dissertation: In accordance with university guidelines, successful completion of a doctoral dissertation is required (12 semester hours).

    In short:

    • Average Transfer Credit from MA: 6
    • Course Credits: 36
    • Dissertation Credits: 12
    • Total Minimum Number of Credit Hours Required: 54