What will I learn?

The Criminal Justice faculty has devoted considerable time to designing a curriculum that will firmly ground doctoral students in the core of the discipline of criminal justice/criminology. Our goal is to ensure that all University of Cincinnati graduates share a common, rigorous training that will prepare them for criminal justice and criminology research. At the same time, through electives and dissertation research, students have the flexibility to develop expertise consistent with their unique interests.

On completion of the Ph.D., doctoral students will be well-versed in criminal justice, criminology, and research methods. Doctoral students must complete course requirements in a Foundation Area of either Criminal Justice or Criminology and in a Substantive Specialization area in Corrections, Policing, or Crime Prevention. To enhance professional development, the curriculum also includes practicum courses on teaching effectiveness and the research process.

Career

Our Ph.D. graduates leave the program with a thorough understanding of crime and the justice system. Students learn, apply, and demonstrate mastery of a variety of skills through research in criminology and criminal justice. The Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice degree is in high demand in academic and other settings, like state and federal governments and “think tanks.” The demand for persons with advanced graduate degrees in criminal justice is expected to continue as agencies become more evidence-driven.

Which department am I in?

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$28,972.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 April 2022

Start date

22 August 2022

Venue

UC Uptown West Campus

2600 Clifton Avenue,

CINCINNATI,

Ohio,

45221, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For our graduate programs, we welcome applications from students who hold a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency, and have at least a B average in undergraduate course work (or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School). Standardized Tests of English Proficiency: Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken, and scores are valid for up to two years. The minimum university requirement is: 520 (paper-based test), or 190 (computer-based test), or 80 (internet-based test).

For international students

A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution

Preferred minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

Standardized Tests of English Proficiency

Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken, and scores are valid for up to two years. The minimum university requirement is: 520 (paper-based test), or 190 (computer-based test), or 80 (internet-based test).

The application deadline for Fall Semester admission is April 1. Review of completed admission applications begins in January - for best consideration, please apply by January 10.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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