The Ph.D. in Criminology degree program is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree offered in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. The objective of the Ph.D. program is to provide students a coherent, yet intellectually challenging degree that adequately prepares them to conduct research among the many aspects of criminology and criminal justice, varying with individual interests and areas of specialty. Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be qualified to teach at the university level as professors. Graduates will also be competent to enter into analytic and administrative posts within the vast array of research and policy institutions, criminal justice organizations, and in the private sector.
Graduates of the program seek positions such as: academics and teaching; criminologist, policy advisor or research officer in state and federal justice agencies; analytical and administrative positions in international and domestic research and policy institutions; and positions in legal and corrections systems and non-profits and private consulting.
The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology at The University of Texas at Dallas is threefold in nature, in order to:
Deliver high-quality education to a diverse body of graduate students regarding the etiology, control, and variation of lawbreaking across space and time.
Serve local, regional, and national communities through professional development programs, public policy analyses, evaluation research, program and policy design, and a forum for new approaches to the study of crime.
Advance the understanding of criminology through a multidisciplinary mix of theoretical and applied research.
The doctoral program in Criminology is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree offered in conjunction with other graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. The objective of the Ph.D. program is to provide students a coherent, yet intellectually challenging degree that adequately prepares them to conduct research among the many aspects of criminology and criminal justice, varying with individual interests and areas of specialty. Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be qualified to teach at the university level as professors. Graduates will also be competent to enter into analytic and administrative posts within the vast array of research and policy institutions, criminal justice organizations, and in the private sector.
Students have access to the computing facilities in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the University's computer labs. The school has four computing laboratories which have 24-30 computers that are network linked and equipped with major social science software packages, including EViews, R, RATS, PASW, Stata, LexisNexis database, and Westlaw for student use. The University's computer labs provide personal computers and UNIX Workstations. Data and reference materials are also available online via the library and the school's memberships in numerous organizations.
Degree requirements: The Master of Science in Criminology seeks applicants from a baccalaureate in Criminology, Sociology, or a relevant discipline.
GPA: A score of 3.5 is preferred.
Test score required: Yes
A combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 on the GRE is preferred.
Letters of recommendation: 3
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.
Admissions essay required: Yes
A one-page essay outlining the personal background, education, and professional objectives.
Deadlines: To be considered for funding opportunities, applications must be submitted in full by January 15. Students can apply as late as May 1, per University policy, but they will likely not be considered for funding opportunities. Students should note their desire to be considered for graduate funding in their letter of intent at the time of application.
On admission to the Ph.D. in Criminology Program, a student must earn a minimum of 75 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, pass a qualifying examination covering research methods/statistics, pass the criminology comprehensive examination, and successfully complete independent research. Students must fulfill the following requirements:
Coursework: 75 credit semester credit hours of graduate study (minus transferred master's credit of 36 semester credit hours)
A grade of "B-" or lower in any core graduate class requires that the class be retaken with only one retake allowed per course. If the retake results in a final grade of "B-" or lower, the student will be dropped from the program. Students are allowed to retake no more than two core courses. In addition, all students must meet the University's minimum required GPA of 3.0 or higher. See the Criminology Graduate Program Handbook located on the Criminology website for more specific requirements.
Coursework: 75 semester credit hours of graduate study (includes required master's degree credit of 36 semester credit hours)
I. Criminology core classes (15 semester credit hours)
CRIM 7307 Measures and Correlates of Crime
CRIM 7300 Advances in Criminology Theory
CRIM 7301 Seminar in Criminology Research and Analysis
CRIM 7305 Professional Development in Criminology
CRIM 7315 Evidence-based Crime Prevention
II. Methodology/Statistics core classes (9 semester credit hours)
CRIM 6301 Research Design I1
EPPS 7313 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
EPPS 7316 Regression and Multivariate Analysis
A grade of "B-" or lower in any core graduate class requires that the class be retaken. Only one retake is allowed per course. If the retake results in a final grade of "B-" or lower, the student will be dropped from the program. Students are allowed to retake no more than two core classes. In addition, all students must meet the University's minimum required GPA of 3.0 or higher. See the Graduate Program Handbook located on the Criminology website for more specific requirements.
III. Methodology or Advanced Statistics Elective (3 semester credit hours)
Students must select one additional research methods or advanced statistics course. Students may select this course from any number of methodology or statistics courses offered through the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences (EPPS).
Sample of Methodology or Advanced Statistics Courses:
EPPS 6346 Qualitative Research Orientation
EPPS 6352 Evaluation Research Methods in the Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
EPPS 7304 Cost-Benefit Analysis
EPPS 7318 Structural Equation and Multilevel (Hierarchical) Modeling
EPPS 7344 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables
EPPS 7368 Spatial Epidemiology
EPPS 7370 Time Series Analysis I
EPPS 7386 Survey Research
EPPS 7390 Bayesian Analysis for Social and Behavioral Sciences
IV. Independent Study (minimum of 3 semester credit hours)
Students take at least 3 semester credit hours of independent study (i.e., Qualifying Exam Preparation or Independent Advanced Research) in the spring semester upon completion of required substantive coursework in order to prepare for doctoral qualifying exams. Funded students will be required to take at least 9 semester credit hours in that semester in order to retain funding, as is the case in any other semester during which funding is awarded. These hours may be a combination of Qualifying Exam Preparation hours and electives.
V. Dissertation Research (minimum of 9 semester credit hours)
A dissertation or a three-paper option requirement must be completed in order to successfully complete the Criminology doctoral program. Students will select a dissertation chair and a supervising committee to advise them through the research component of the doctoral requirement.
The dissertation is an original work initiated and completed by the doctoral candidate that demonstrates research competence and substantially adds to the knowledge in the candidate's field. The three-paper option is composed of a set of articles that together represent a significant and coherent contribution to our knowledge in the field of Criminology.
Regardless of the option selected, students will enroll in CRIM 8V99 during each semester until the research is completed and defended. The final dissertation defense is completed when the dissertation chair and supervising committee agree that the research has been satisfactorily completed.
Students will sit for the Criminology Qualifying Examination once all substantive coursework is completed and upon approval of the Criminology Program Head and/or Ph.D. Advisor. The Qualifying Examination will test students' knowledge in topical areas related to the discipline. Student performance will be evaluated as pass or fail on each section. Those failing one or more sections of the examination will be allowed one retake in accordance with UTD policy. Those students who fail any section of the retake examination will be dismissed from the Criminology program in accordance with policy.