Criminal Justice PhD

Lead the criminal justice field in academia, private and governmental research agencies with the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. This nationally recognized program is known for its output of impactful research that helps policymakers and practitioners solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. 

As a Criminal Justice PhD student, you will be a part of a community of curious, driven individuals with a passion for making the world a better and more just place. The full-time doctoral program is designed for students who have backgrounds in counseling, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, social work, sociology and urban studies, among others. Students can form expertise in an area of specialization within the criminal justice field through advanced interdisciplinary research. 

Throughout the program, you can engage directly with community-based organizations and criminal justice agencies, working on real-world problems such as gun violence and substance abuse. Programs and research initiatives are led by a diverse, multidisciplinary and active faculty, renowned in their field locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Learn more about Department of Criminal Justice faculty, and explore their research areas (pdf). 

Students pursuing their PhD in Criminal Justice study and conduct research in a wide array of subjects within the criminal justice field, including court processes, criminal justice policymaking, criminal law, criminological theory, issues in policing and organized crime. 

Our Community

The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

Program Format & Curriculum

Students have seven years to complete their PhD, and are expected to fulfill requirements on a full-time basis. Courses are offered at Temple’s Main Campus.

The 48-credit Criminal Justice PhD curriculum is comprised of core courses, electives, a publishable research paper, two comprehensive examinations on criminal justice and theory, and a dissertation and defense. 

The following core courses are required. 

  • Advanced Methods and Issues in Criminal Justice Research
  • Advanced Statistical Issues in Criminal Justice Data
  • Decision-Making in Criminal Justice
  • Law and Social Order
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice 
  • Statistical Issues and Analysis of Criminal Justice Data
  • Theories of Crime and Deviance

Learn more about Criminal Justice PhD requirements

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2020–2021 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $966.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,329.00 per credit

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