PhD in International Crime and Justice

Program Director

Dr. Rob Guerette

PhD in International Crime and Justice

The Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice at FIU prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in public criminal justice agencies, academia and private sector criminal justice companies in the United States and around the world. Its curriculum is sensitive to the importance of analytical skills, balanced with theoretically informed policy analysis, so that graduates of the program can more effectively address the challenges faced by criminal justice organizations in Florida, nationally, and internationally. Students of the program gain the knowledge to apply advanced research methodologies to undertake studies related to crime, law, public policy, and to the administration of the criminal justice system at home and abroad.

Application Deadlines:

Applications are only accepted for the Fall term.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the doctoral program, applicants must fulfill these minimum requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. GPA of 3.2 or higher in upper division coursework or a 3.2 or higher for all master's degree coursework.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the last five years.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers familiar with your academic and professional qualifications.
  5. 300- to 500-word statement that describes the student’s interests in pursuing an advanced degree in international crime and justice, including any specific research interests, as well as your ultimate career goals.
  6. Completed research paper or thesis that demonstrates writing skills.
  7. Required for all foreign graduates (550 paper-based, 80 internet-based or 6.5 on IELTS exam).

Graduation Requirements

The Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice requires a minimum 78 credit hours of graduate course work beyond the bachelor's degree, including a comprehensive exam and dissertation based on the student's original research. A maximum of 36 credits are transferable from a completed master's degree program with the approval of the graduate program director. A grade of “B” or higher must be actualized in all courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the 78 credits. All the program requirements and a dissertation must be completed and approved by the university.

Residency requirement: Ph.D. students must also establish residency as defined as the completion of a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours within any consecutive 12-month period.

Award of M.S. en route to Ph.D.: Students directly admitted into the Ph.D. program may apply to be awarded the M.S. degree in Criminal Justice. To be eligible students must have completed all degree requirements of the M.S. in Criminal Justice.

College teaching preparation: Students interested in college teaching should complete the Graduate Teaching Certificate Program offered by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

International Crime and Justice PhD Handbook

Required Courses (30)

Core ClassFallSpringSummer
CCJ 6025 Criminological TheoryOnlineOnsiteOnline
CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminal JusticeOnlineOnsiteNot Offered
CCJ 6706 Data Analysis in Criminal JusticeOnsiteOnlineOnsite
CCJ 6741 Advanced Data Analysis in Criminal JusticeNot OfferedOnsiteNot Offered
CCJ 6676 Transnational Crime and National SecurityOnlineOnsiteNot Offered
CCJ 6079 Geospatial Crime AnalysisOnsiteNot OfferedNot Offered
CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy AnalysisOnsiteOnlineNot Offered
CCJ 6040 Comparative Crime and Criminal Justice SystemsOnsiteNot OfferedOnline
CCJ 6675 Applied Research in Human Rights & Rule of LawOnsiteNot OfferedNot Offered
CCJ 6926 Teaching Practicum in Criminal JusticeNot OfferedOnsiteNot Offered

International Crime and Justice Electives (9)

Students must complete a minimum of nine credits from the following list:

  • CCJ 6620 Immigration and Crime (3)
  • CCJ 6696 Human Trafficking (3)
  • CCJ 6935 Special Topics: Relevant to ICJ (3)
  • CCJ 6XXX Maritime Piracy and Justice (3)
  • DSC 6020 Terrorism and Homeland Security (3)
  • INR 6089 International Relations and Human Rights (3)
  • LAW 6103 International Criminal Law (3)
  • LAW 6253 Comparative Criminal Law (3)
  • LAW 6260 Public International Law (3)
  • LAW 6263 International Human Rights Law (3)
  • LAW 6280 European Union Law (3)
  • LAW 6506 Foreign Relations and National Security Law (3)
  • LAW 6936 Seminars: Relevant to ICJ (3)
  • PAD 6836 International Public Administration (3)

Other course approved by graduate program director.

General Electives (9)

Students may take up to nine credits of general electives outside the department with the approval of the graduate program director. Students are encouraged to enroll in additional classes in data analysis and grant writing.

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation (30)

Dissertation requirements and forms are available online at