Expected Academic, Professional, or Occupational Results
The doctoral program is designed to achieve particular outcomes - to produce graduates who:
Doctoral program applicants must demonstrate their ability to pursue doctoral level education as evidenced by:
The doctoral degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 60 credit-hour doctoral program. The curriculum has been developed to incorporate a theoretically grounded and methodologically sophisticated set of courses as a highly necessary foundation for the evidence driven and best practices approaches to the substantive concentration areas. In order to deliver this curriculum effectively, the course work contains three progressive tiers. The three tiers are hierarchical and build upon one another. There are multiple measures to assess student learning throughout the three tiers. The basic layout of the doctoral program is depicted below. Please download the Graduate Programs Guide for further information on the three tiers of course work and complete descriptions of all degree requirements and procedures.
During the first year of full-time study, students will enroll in the Tier I courses. Tier I provides for 33 credit hours of study and encompasses 27 credit hours for 9 courses in four core areas that provide crucial foundation knowledge on which the rest of the doctoral curriculum is based. These core areas are: (A) Theory; (B) Methodology and Statistical Analysis; (C) Crime & Justice Policy; (D) Extent and Correlates of Crime. Tier I also includes 2 courses, 6 credit hours, in Electives.
During the second year of full-time study students are involved in the Tier II component of the doctoral program. Tier II contains advanced work in methodology and statistical analysis as well as the six areas of research and teaching concentration or specialization: (A) Justice System and Policy; (B) Crime, Criminals, and Community; (C) Victims, Crime and Justice; (D) Global Perspectives on Crime and Justice; (E) Technology and Criminal Justice; and (F) Terrorism Studies Option. A student will choose one of the six areas and then a minimum of two courses in the specialty area.
Terrorism Studies Option
Students interested in the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism within the Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal justice program should indicate this in the Statement of Purposes during the application process. All other admission requirements are the same. If accepted into the Ph.D. program and the Terrorism Studies Option, students will be assigned an appropriate advisor from the tenured faculty of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. The program of study requires 60 credit hours of study, with terrorism-specific course requirements in Tier 1 (B, D) and Tier II (A, B). For more information, please contact the Criminal justice Graduate Advisor via e mail: CJGradAdvisor@uml.edu.
Doctoral Qualifying Exam
Students are required to sit for the doctoral qualifying exam after completing the 36 hours of course work in Tier I. The qualifying exam will test students’ knowledge in the four core areas:(A) Theory; (B) Methodology and Statistical Analysis; (C) Crime & Justice Policy; and (D) Extent and Correlates of Crime. Students enrolled in the Terrorism Studies Option will have an appropriate modified exam. The exam will be constructed and graded by the Doctoral Examination Committee.
The dissertation is a manuscript-length original work initiated and completed independently by the doctoral candidate. This work typically includes an introduction, literature review, outline of hypotheses, discussion of data and methodology, a series of analytical chapters, and a conclusion/discussion chapter of results and implications. There is a rigorous process at all stages of the doctoral dissertation. The steps in this process are as follows:
Course of Study
In addition to the two Tier I electives, students are allowed to choose the Tier II area of specialization in which they will concentrate their independent courses and research that will lead to the dissertation. Students should meet with their advisor to develop an individualized course of study that best meets their interests and needs.