Criminal Justice


The University of New Haven's Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences is one of the largest and most academically diverse colleges of Criminal Justice in the United States.

A national leader

Founded in the late 1950s as one of the first ten academic programs in criminal justice, the college now supports nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Doctoral study in the Henry C. Lee College embraces experiential education through a variety of research and scholarly opportunities associated with the broad range of interdisciplinary programs, faculty, and research centers within the college.

Unique Features of Our Ph.D. Program
  • Experiential opportunities to work on faculty mentored research, gain teaching experience, and participate in grant funded research programs through one of several institutes at the University of New Haven.
  • Many students in the program are former or current practitioners in a range of criminal justice professions, which adds to the vibrancy of the program and its close ties with CJ policy and practice.
  • The program includes both full-time and part-time options to allow students to tailor the program to meet their individual needs.
  • The program includes traditional classroom based courses and hybrid courses (courses that include both online and classroom instruction).
  • With nearly forty full-time faculty members with specializations in areas such as criminology, law enforcement, forensic psychology, victimology, forensic science, crime analysis, terrorism, national security, juvenile justice, corrections, and law, students have the opportunity to select specialized areas of study within criminal justice.
  • Program faculty have published more than 40 books, over 300 journal articles, and hundreds of technical reports and research studies for public and private-sector organizations.
  • Graduating students can expect to apply their skills and credentials in a range of jobs where doctoral degrees are highly valued — from academic teaching to policy and analysis.
Benefits of Our Ph.D. Program
  • The University of New Haven Criminal Justice Ph.D. program is designed to be a small selective program to enable every student to receive the individualized instruction and mentoring necessary in doctoral education.
  • Located in the greater New Haven community in the heart of one of the largest and most dynamic regions of the world, offering a wide variety of educational, cultural, and economic opportunities for prospective students and their families.
  • Strong relationships with a broad range of public and private organizations afford graduate students significant opportunities to develop data sources and research opportunities.
  • In the past few years, more than $2 million in contract and grant funding for research and contract services within the College provide graduate students with opportunities for research experience and external funding.
  • As a private university known for the strength of its academic programs within the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, we provide strong student support.
  • Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Fellowships, which provide a range of benefits for tuition and academic support, are available for qualified students.
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Admission and General Requirements

  • Admission Requirements

    Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on past undergraduate and graduate coursework, Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of reference, a writing sample, and a personal statement. Students must obtain a copy of the university's application form for admission to graduate studies, and submit a completed application for admission form, plus the following:

    • Transcripts from all colleges attended, including proof of receipt of a baccalaureate degree and graduate degree, M.S. or equivalent degree, from an accredited college or university,
    • A minimum of a 3.5 GPA for the final two years of undergraduate study, or a 3.5 GPA for all masters level coursework is expected for admission,
    • Scores for the Graduate Record Exam. A minimum score of 300 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE is expected for consideration for admission-scores will be sent to the University of New Haven once you have taken the exam,
    • Three letters of recommendation,
    • An academic or other professional writing sample, and
    • A personal statement of no more than 1,500 words describing the student's background, goals, and reasons for pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the University of New Haven

  • General Degree Requirements

    Given the specialized nature of doctoral degree program each student admitted into the program must meet with the director of the program to establish an initial plan of study for the degree. The requirements below represent general minimum requirements; however, each student will work with their doctoral program advisor and the director of the program to formalize their plan of study.

    • Each student must complete a minimum residency requirement of 30 semester credits in the program, students must pass two preliminary comprehensive exams: one covering research methods and statistics (Exam 1), and the other covering theories of crime and justice (Exam 2). Each student must also satisfy minimum requirements (3-15 credits) for an area of specialization and pass an Area of Specialization comprehensive exam (Exam 3).
    • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. The Criminal Justice Ph.D. Program requires a minimum of 45 credit hours for completion. The minimum of 45 credit hours include: 30 credits of program core and residency credit, a minimum of 3 credits in an area of specialization, 3 credits of dissertation prospectus, and 9 hours of dissertation credits.
    • Students must pass all three comprehensive examinations.
    • Students must complete and defend a doctoral dissertation prospectus, prior to starting work on their dissertation.
    • Students must complete and defend a doctoral dissertation that is based on original research and that makes a significant contribution to the study of Criminal Justice. Students must complete a minimum of 9 hours of dissertation credit.
    • Students must be in compliance with all general rules and procedures for graduate study as established by the Graduate School at the University of New Haven

  • Full List of Policies and Procedures for Criminal Justice, Ph.D.

    To view the complete list of policies and procedures you'll need to follow while pursuing a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Criminal Justice, Ph.D.

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