Doctor of Philosophy in
Criminal Justice specialized in Criminology

The program endeavors to develop the students’ expertise in the field of Criminology and Criminal justice. It promotes their highest level of professional competence in criminological theory, research methods, and criminal justice policy; as well as in-depth knowledge in areas of specialization within criminology and/or criminal justice.  

 More importantly, the doctoral degree program is bestowed based on evidence that the candidate has achieved a high level of proficiency in independent scholarship and research assessed through course grades, the comprehensive exam, the production of a publishable quality empirical paper, and successful defense of the dissertation. 

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The complete program curriculum for Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice specialized in Criminology

Three (3) to five (5) years after graduation, alumni of Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with Specialization in Criminology shall; 

  • Have assumed leadership roles in academic, public policy, and administrative positions within a rapidly changing criminal justice system; 
  • Have expertise in applying statistically advanced research methodologies to conduct empirical studies in crime, law, public policy, and administration of the criminal justice system; and
  • Have capability in addressing security and justice challenges at the local, national, and international levels through the development of theoretical, methodological, and policy-related knowledge and skills as they pertain to criminal justice and criminology.

At the end of the program, PhD CJ students are expected to: 

  • Produce well-organized, well-written, precise, and persuasive papers and articles
  • Design investigation applying appropriate methods of inquiry to resolve issues and propose solutions relating to political, economic, cultural, security, and other concerns in Criminology and criminal justice within the local community, country and worldwide
  • Utilize a broad understanding of criminological theories and policing concepts in coming up with action plans, innovations, and policy developments
  • Perform with excellence his assigned roles and duties manifesting professional, moral, and ethical standards
Program Educational Objectives (PEO)

Three (3) to five (5) years after graduation, alumni of Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with Specialization in Criminology shall; 

  • Have assumed leadership roles in academic, public policy, and administrative positions within a rapidly changing criminal justice system; 
  • Have expertise in applying statistically advanced research methodologies to conduct empirical studies in crime, law, public policy, and administration of the criminal justice system; and
  • Have capability in addressing security and justice challenges at the local, national, and international levels through the development of theoretical, methodological, and policy-related knowledge and skills as they pertain to criminal justice and criminology.
Student Outcomes (SO)

At the end of the program, PhD CJ students are expected to: 

  • Produce well-organized, well-written, precise, and persuasive papers and articles
  • Design investigation applying appropriate methods of inquiry to resolve issues and propose solutions relating to political, economic, cultural, security, and other concerns in Criminology and criminal justice within the local community, country and worldwide
  • Utilize a broad understanding of criminological theories and policing concepts in coming up with action plans, innovations, and policy developments
  • Perform with excellence his assigned roles and duties manifesting professional, moral, and ethical standards

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