The information below summarizes both admissions and general degree requirements for the Criminal Justice Doctoral program at the University of New Haven. If you have any questions please contact David Myers by email at

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