Law, Criminology and Justice Policy, JD/PhD—Advanced Entry

The joint JD/PhD program will expand the knowledge base and career options of students. The disciplines of criminology and justice policy and law share common interests in identifying opportunities to create conditions for justice, equality, and societal well-being. The joint degree will provide students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of what influences criminal justice problems and the sociopolitical, legal, and economic context in which they are found. Solving problems requires interdisciplinary knowledge and an analytical and practical skill set that includes interprofessional problem solving.

Advanced Degree Entrance

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Two qualifying examinations—foundations exam and area exam/publishable paper
Annual review
PhD candidacy
Dissertation Committee
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation defense

Core Requirements

A cumulative 3.000 GPA is required for the core requirement.

CRIM 7710Criminology and Public Policy 14
CRIM 7711Criminology and Public Policy 24
Analysis & Methods
CRIM 7713Advanced Research and Evaluation Methods4
INSH 7400Quantitative Analysis4
INSH 7500Advanced Quantitative Analysis4
CRIM 7706Practicum in Writing and Publishing2


Complete 16 hours from the following:16
Global Criminology
Law and Psychology
Juvenile Law
Criminal Justice
Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
Prisoners' Rights Clinic
Federal Courts and the Federal System
Domestic Violence Clinic
Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation
Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse, Neglect
Balancing Liberty and Security Seminar
Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic
Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies
Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law
Trial Practice


Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
Dissertation Continuation
Following completion of two semesters of CRIM 9990, registration in the following class is required in each semester (excluding summers) until the dissertation is completed:
Dissertation Continuation

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

38 total semester hours required for PhD. Please contact the School of Law for JD requirements.
Minimum 3.000 GPA required for PhD