PhD in International Crime and Justice

Program Director

Dr. Rosa Chang

Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice

Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semester.

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Doctoral Student Handbook

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 of 78 credits 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 minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned in academic courses that are part of the doctoral program (excludes, comprehensive exam, dissertation proposal and dissertation credits). Doctoral programs normally include courses at the 6000 level and above. Courses at the 5000 level may be included in a doctoral degree program in appropriate cases. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduation. All program requirements, including the dissertation, must be approved by the University Graduate School.

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.

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 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 RightsOnsiteNot OfferedNot Offered
CCJ 6676 Transnational Crime and National SecurityOnlineOnsiteNot 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
  • CCJ 6696 Human Trafficking
  • CCJ 6935 Special Topics: Relevant to ICJ
  • CJE 6025 Law Enforcement Administration
  • DSC 6020 Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • INR 6089 International Relations and Human Rights
  • LAW 6103 International Criminal Law
  • LAW 6253 Comparative Criminal Law
  • LAW 6260 Public International Law
  • LAW 6263 International Human Rights Law
  • LAW 6280 European Union Law
  • LAW 6506 Foreign Relations and National Security Law
  • LAW 6936 Seminars: Relevant to ICJ
  • PAD 6836 International Public Administration

Other course approved by graduate program director.

General Electives (9)

Students may complete nine credits of general electives outside the department. Students are encouraged to enroll in research classes, such as quantitative analysis, legal research, grant writing, qualitative research methods, program evaluation and performance measures, survey research and design, and secondary analysis.

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation (30)

Dissertation requirements and student forms are available online at

  • CCJ 7960 Comprehensive Exam (3).
  • CCJ 7926 Dissertation Proposal (3)
  • CCJ 7980 PhD Dissertation (24)