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. 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.
Required Courses (42 credits)
Terrorism Studies OptionTerrorism-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.
Required Courses (39 credits)
There are two examinations outside of the classroom that students must take and pass in the doctoral program: preliminary exam (PE) and the comprehensive exam (CE).
The PE will be given to students after completion of 18 hours of required course work in May at the conclusion of the spring semester for both full-time and part-time students. A retake of the PE will be conducted in August prior to the star of the fall semester of the student's second year, in time to allow a final decision of pass/fail before course work starts. Thus students are given two chances to pass the preliminary exam.
The purpose of the PE will be to assess the students' comprehension and application of materials required in the below:
The CE will be administered during the students' third year in the program (if full-time) or in the student's last year of coursework. More specifically the CE will be taken in January, before the start of the spring semester. The purpose of the CE will be for the student to propose, design and justify a research study in a manner reflective of the general and specific theoretical, substantive, and methodological knowledge expected of students embarking on their dissertation research. Because the topic of the exam will be reflective of the student's expertise and interests, and the exam will be completed in take home format, enhanced expectations for the quality of responses will be assessed accordingly.
Consistent with practice of other top doctoral programs nationally, the doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice accepts the three-paper option as an alternative to the traditional dissertation. Students must complete one OR the other but not both.
The traditional dissertation 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.
Alternatively, the three-paper option is composed of a set of articles that together represent a significant and coherent contribution to out knowledge in Criminology and Criminal Justice. These three papers, once completed, are preceded by an introduction that places the articles in context of the relevant academic literature. The works are then followed by a chapter that draws out the principal conclusions and their relevance and contribution to the field. These papers are written in the style of a journal article and must be of publishable quality, as determined by the candidate's committee.