PhD Program
Criminology and Justice Policy

The doctoral program in Criminology and Justice Policy is small, student-centered, and grounded in contemporary academic and policy issues. The goal of the doctoral program is to create independent scholars with a distinct area of specialization and the skills necessary to contribute to the intellectual development of their area and the field more generally.

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Students become prepared for academic and policy placements by designing and carrying out original research using methodological and analytical tools acquired during coursework and independent study.

The doctoral program in Criminology and Justice Policy prepares students for academic careers as well as careers in research and policy development. The program curriculum is designed to create independent scholars with a distinct area of specialization and the skills necessary to contribute to the intellectual development of their area and the field more generally.

In keeping with Northeastern’s long-standing, practice-oriented approach to education, the PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy includes two practicum that will further prepare students to successfully complete their dissertation research. In addition, each student will choose between a teaching practicum and a policy practicum. Those students interested in pursuing academic careers will participate in a teaching practicum; students who are interested in research or policy careers will participate in a policy practicum that may be located off campus or at one of the School’s research institutes.

Learn more about the doctoral program in Criminology and Justice Policy from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

  • Students choose between a teaching practicum and a policy practicum
  • Northeastern’s Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research offers the opportunity for students to participate in policy research
  • Students complete two qualifying exams—foundations and area Annual review, Dissertation proposal, and Dissertation defense
  • Describe the elements of the formal criminal justice system (police, courts, prisons, etc.) and explain the interactions between them.
  • Apply existing literature within the field of criminology and criminal justice to compare and/or contrast competing (and often contradictory theories) of crime and criminal behavior.
  • Explain how the multiple theories on the causes of crime have evolved and how they interact.
  • Assess the merits of criminological research applying acquired methodological and analytical skills.
  • Describe the links between criminological theory, criminological research, and criminal justice policy.
  • Explain the changing social and political backdrop for, and impediments to, criminal justice policy development and implementation.

Our graduates pursue careers within academia and beyond.

  • Michigan State University
  • Merrimack College
  • Barton College
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Texas A&M University – San Antonio
  • California Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Curry College
  • University of Alabama
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Massachusetts Medical Center
  • Jackson State University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Application fee – US $75.00
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • English proficiency for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Writing sample
  • Resumé

Application

Online admissions deadline for Fall term: January 10

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