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Criminology & Criminal Justice (Ph.D.)

Degree Level: Graduate
College: Arts & Letters
Major : SOC
Department: Sociology & Criminal Justice
Degree Earned: Doctor of Philosophy


  • A completed master's degree (or equivalent) in criminology, criminal justice or in an appropriate filed (e.g., administration of justice, sociology, or political science) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education - a thesis is generally expected
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) overall for the master's degree
  • A combined minimum score of 1000 on the GRE general knowledge tests (verbal and quantitative) and 4.5 on the writing test
  • Successful completion of prior coursework in research methodology and statistics at least equivalent to that required by the ODU B.A. in sociology/criminal justice (statistics, research methods, capstone group research project) and M.A. degree in applied sociology (research methods, statistics, computer and data analysis)
  • Three letters of reference from sources capable of commenting on the applicant's readiness for advanced graduate study in criminology & criminal justice
  • A writing sample of at least 20 double-spaced pages on a topic related to the applicant's expertise or area of interest
  • A typed statement of approximately 1,000 words summarizing the individual's motiavation for applying to the program as well as the professional contributions the student intends to make assuming successful completion of the degree
  • If the applicant's native language is not English, a current score of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) of at least 560 and/or an interview in which the applicant's comprehension and fluency in English can be assessed

Application Dates

Fall Spring Summer Financial Assitantship
Deadlines January 15
International January 15


Tests GRE
Recommendations 3
Essay Yes, also submit a 20 page double spaced writing sample on a topic related to the applicants area of interest
Transcripts From all prior institutions
Additional Instructions TOEFL requirement of non-native English speakers: (560/220/83)