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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology, Ph.D

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 55 post-master’s
Level: Doctoral
CIP Code: 45.0401
Dept Code: CJP
Major/College Codes: CCJ BC
Approved 1998

Contact Information

College: Behavioral & Community Sciences
Department: Criminology (CJP)

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

The Ph.D. is a research degree granted in recognition of high achievement in criminology. This achievement requires accomplishments beyond the completion of coursework that demonstrate the ability to work independently and contribute to criminological knowledge.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a GPA of at least 3.40 or better (on a 4.00 scale) during graduate study.
  • A preferred minimum score of 153 Verbal (61st percentile), 144 Quantitative (17thh percentile) or higher on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). All applicants must submit GRE scores taken within five (5) years of the desired term of entry.
  • Three 3 letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s academic capabilities
  • A statement of purpose detailing reasons for seeking a Ph.D. degree in Criminology, future career plans and research interests.
  • A sample of written work providing evidence of the applicant’s academic capabilities. If an applicant has completed a master’s thesis, it should be submitted.

Curriculum Requirements

Total minimum hours: 55 hours post-master’s

Core Requirements - 22 hours

Additional Required Course - 1 hour
Electives - 9 hours
Advanced Research - 6 hours
Dissertation - 18 hours

Core Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

* For students who have taken  CCJ 6937 , CCJ 6485  and/or CCJ 6707  or the equivalent as M.A. students, those credit hours will be substituted with additional departmental electives.

** An introductory research methods course at the graduate level prior is a pre-requisite to taking this course.

† An introductory quantitative analysis at the graduate level prior is a pre-requisite to taking this course.

Additional Required Course (1 Credit Hour)

Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Six graduate credit hours may be taken outside the Department with approval from the Graduate Director. All courses must be USF courses.

Options include but are not limited to:

Advanced Research (6 Credit Hours)

* Variable credit hours from 1-6 credit hours can be taken in a given semester.


In addition to successfully completing these requirements, students will qualify for candidacy as described below and write and defend a dissertation prospectus and dissertation.

Qualifying Examination

Students must pass two exams and produce an approved publishable manuscript (see Student Handbook for additional information) as determined by a graduate faculty member.  The comprehensive exams assess the student’s comprehensive knowledge of (a) theories of criminology, (b) research methods and data analysis and the student’s (a) innovative, critical and analytical thinking and (b) writing skills.

Dissertation (18 Credit Hours)

Student’s must complete 18 credit hours of dissertation hours minimum.

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