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  Jun 13, 2024
 
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
  
2009-2010 Graduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Criminology and Criminal Justice, Ph.D.


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Degree Requirements College of Arts and Sciences 
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice   

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include:

Students Admitted with Master’s (M.A./M.S.) or Law Degrees


Note


With approval of the graduate director, substantially equivalent courses from outside the department may be substituted for CRJU 706, CRJU 814, CRJU 816, and/or CRJU 817.

2. Electives:


9 hours of courses, all of which must be at the 700 level or above.

3. Qualifying Examination:


All students admitted to the Ph.D. program in criminology and criminal justice must successfully complete a qualifying examination prior to formal admission to candidacy.

4. Comprehensive Examination:


Each student must successfully complete both a written and an oral Ph.D. comprehensive examination after completing all required course work. Students will be examined on their knowledge of research methods and design, data analysis, law and policy issues related to criminology and criminal justice, and their understanding of important issues related to criminological theory. If a student fails the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, the student will be permitted to retake the exam one time.

5. Dissertation Preparation and Defense:


12 hours of dissertation credit must be successfully completed to earn the Ph.D. degree. The dissertation is an original research project that advances scientific knowledge in the student’s chosen area of interest. The dissertation must be orally defended by the student before the student’s dissertation examining committee. The oral defense before the examining committee cannot take place until after the successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

6. Foreign Language:


The foreign language requirement established by The Graduate School can be satisfied either by passing a reading proficiency examination in one of the foreign language areas or by completing the research methods sequence with a grade of B or higher in each course. English is accepted as satisfying this requirement for those students whose native language is not English.

7. Residency Requirement:


Doctoral residency is established by enrolling in a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours over the course of three consecutive semesters (excluding summers). While not necessary to satisfy the residency requirement, any graduate credit hours taken during summer terms (including May session) will count toward the 18 graduate hours needed for residency.

8. Program Progress:


Students who accumulate more than 6 hours of graduate credit below the grade of B will not be permitted to continue the program. No course may be repeated more than one time.

9. Audited Courses:


Core courses may not be audited. Other courses may be audited, but students must remember that audited courses cannot be repeated for credit.

10. Transfer Credits:


Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours from other programs and/or institutions provided they meet departmental requirements. Transfer credits may not be applied to core courses.

Students Admitted with Baccalaureate Degrees Only


1. Master’s-Level Course Work:


24 hours of course work, to include:

Note


No more than two elective courses (6 credit hours) below the 700 level may be applied to the program. Students who accumulate more than 6 hours of master’s-level graduate credit below the grade of B will not be permitted to continue the program. No course may be repeated more than one time.

Note


With approval of the graduate director, substantially equivalent courses from outside the department may be substituted for CRJU 706, CRJU 816, and/or CRJU 817.

3. Electives:


9 hours of courses, all of which must be at the 700 level or above.

4. Qualifying Examination:


All students admitted to the Ph.D. program in criminology and criminal justice must successfully complete a qualifying examination prior to formal admission to candidacy.

5. Comprehensive Examination:


Each student must successfully complete both a written and an oral Ph.D. comprehensive examination after completing all required course work. Students will be examined on their knowledge of research methods and design, data analysis, law and policy issues related to criminology and criminal justice, and their understanding of important issues related to criminological theory. If a student fails the Ph.D. comprehensive examination, the student will be permitted to retake the exam one time.

6. Dissertation Preparation and Defense:


12 hours of dissertation credit must be successfully completed to earn the Ph.D. degree. The dissertation is an original research project that advances scientific knowledge in the student’s chosen area of interest. The dissertation must be orally defended by the student before the student’s dissertation examining committee. The oral defense before the examining committee cannot take place until after the successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

7. Foreign Language:


The foreign language requirement established by The Graduate School can be satisfied either by passing a reading proficiency examination in one of the foreign language areas or by completing the research methods sequence with a grade of B or higher in each course. English is accepted as satisfying this requirement for those students whose native language is not English.

8. Residency Requirement:


Doctoral residency is established by enrolling in a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours over the course of three consecutive semesters (excluding summers). While not necessary to satisfy the residency requirement, any graduate credit hours taken during summer terms (including May session) will count toward the 18 graduate hours needed for residency.

9. Program Progress:


Students who accumulate more than two grades below a B in their final 24 hours of graduate course work will not be permitted to continue the program. No course may be repeated more than one time.

10. Audited Courses:


Core courses may not be audited. Other courses may be audited, but students must remember that audited courses cannot be repeated for credit.

11. Transfer Credits:


Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours from other programs and/or institutions provided they meet departmental requirements. Transfer credits may not be applied to core courses.

12. Terminal Master’s Degree


Students admitted to the Ph.D. program with only a baccalaureate degree and who complete all requirements for the Ph.D. other than the dissertation may be awarded an M.A. degree in criminology and criminal justice. Students choosing this option will not be permitted to complete the dissertation or be awarded the Ph.D. degree.

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