IUP graduate programs in Criminology are designed to prepare students for careers in academia and for upper-level administrative positions in various fields of justice.
It is expected that students entering the Ph.D. program in Criminology will have completed a master’s degree in either Criminology or a closely related discipline. However, in exceptional cases, a highly qualified applicant may enter the doctoral track with a baccalaureate degree. Such students would obtain the M.A. degree en route to the Ph.D.
Applicants must meet all School of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements. Additionally, the doctoral coordinator, after consulting with the department Ph.D. committee, will submit a recommendation regarding applicants to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The following criteria are reviewed:
The Ph.D. program in Criminology requires a minimum of 54 semester hours of acceptable graduate credit. Each student must complete requirements for (a) course work; (b) area of specialization requirements; (c) qualifying examinations; (d) skill requirement; and (e) dissertation.
Upon completion of 18 semester hours, a student must take qualifying examinations in three core subject areas. After successful completion, a student may proceed toward fulfillment of remaining degree requirements.
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.
This requirement may be fulfilled by demonstrating knowledge in one of the following areas:
Further details regarding any of these skill requirements can be obtained from the doctoral coordinator.
In accordance with university guidelines, successful completion of a doctoral dissertation is required (12 semester hours).
The following options are available to doctoral students for satisfying residency requirements:
This program may admit each year some students whose intention is to complete the program on a part-time basis. Course offerings can be expected to fluctuate, especially in the expansion of new course offerings. A complete and updated description of any changes can be obtained from the Department of Criminology.
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