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PhD in Criminal Justice: Welcome

Congratulations on reaching the dissertation milestone in your Ph.D. program of study.  We are pleased to join your journey to personal and professional growth through scholarship.  On this page, you will find some guidelines and resources you need to complete the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.  Keep in mind that each college may have minor differences in policies and procedures, so this is where you can come for resources specific to the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.  Your dissertation chair, once nominated by you and approved by the program director, is always the best resource for information once you enter the dissertation courses. 

Writing a dissertation requires a different set of skills from anything you have done so far in your academic program.  During this capstone project, you will transform your knowledge, thinking, insight, and skills as a scholar, in order that you may both (a) demonstrate your research competence and (b) develop greater understanding of phenomena in the context of crime and justice.  Much of what you do in a doctoral program is learn to be a self-directed learner and scholar.  The dissertation is to be written in scholarly language and the style of the discipline, and it results from a comprehensive, logical, and ethical investigation. You will develop your research agenda throughout your coursework and residencies, and shape a coherent plan for your dissertation during your prospectus course. 

Ultimately, you will select a dissertation committee, comprising a chair and second committee member, who are subject matter and methodology experts; the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) will appoint the University Research Reviewer (URR) for your committee.  Your committee will work with you in an iterative process to research and write your dissertation.

Please explore this site to find answers to frequently asked questions. We wish you all success in this process.