Doctoral Program (Ph.D) in Criminal Justice

University of North Dakota

Program Description

Doctoral Program (Ph.D) in Criminal Justice

University of North Dakota

Welcome to the University of North Dakota's Doctoral Program (Ph.D) in Criminal Justice. Given the large members of undergraduate and Master programs in Criminal Justice there is a steady demand for new Ph.D. graduates.

The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for careers in research, policy, administration, and academia. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice is not available in most countries. We are proud to be one of the few programs in the United States as recognized by the American Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice (AADPCCJ). We are the only Ph.D-granting program that features a specialized program for those with a J.D. degree as discussed below.

The program retains a traditional core of theory, research methods/statistics, and study of national and international issues in the administration of criminal justice. The program places special emphasis on the operation and administration of criminal justice agencies and systems in rural and/or American Indian tribal jurisdictions. The program also offers a specialized program of study for individuals holding a Juris Doctorate and wishing to meet educational requirements for teaching and research positions in criminal justice higher education programs.


Students would apply for admission to the Ph.D. Program through established procedures of the UND Graduate School. Students will be able to receive application forms and guidance in completing the application on either campus.

Graduate Admission Requirements

In addition to the Admission requirements of the UND Graduate School the following requirements must be met:

Candidates, with the exception of those applying under the J.D./Ph.D. specialization, must complete all requirements leading to the awarding of an M.A./M.S. in any field degree prior to enrollment in the doctoral program with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 for all coursework taken for graduate credit. All successful applicants must also take and achieve a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Awarding of the degree

As currently configured within the NDUS, only UND is authorized to confer the Ph.D. degree for this program. However, a unique feature of the proposed program is that the Ph.D. is offered through a partnership between UND and MiSU.

Financial Aid

Students accepted and enrolled in the Ph.D. program will be encouraged to compete for graduate teaching and research assistantships. Assistantships can and may be awarded to students with a preference given to full-time doctoral students. Tuition waivers up to a maximum of nine credits a semester for UND courses may be available either separately or in conjunction with an assistantship.

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Last updated December 5, 2016
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Sept. 2017
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USA Grand Forks, North Dakota
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