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PhD Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Welcome to the website for Old Dominion University's doctoral program in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Please feel free to visit all of the web pages to get more specific information. We encourage prospective applicants to read this material and contact the Graduate Program Director for further information.

The PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a sociological criminology program that highlights social inequality and public policy in the study of crime and justice issues. The program produces scholars with strong backgrounds in the substantive areas of criminology, criminal justice, theory, inequality and policy as well as in research methods and statistics. Designed primarily for students who are interested in pursuing careers in higher education, the course offerings also provide students the education and skills needed to be employed as researchers in public and private agencies. Graduates are prepared as scholars able to conduct research, teach college and university courses in their areas of specialization, and to provide service to the discipline and community.

All students must complete 48 hours of course work at the post master's level. These hours include 12 hours of core courses, 12 hours of research skills courses, 12 hours of elective courses, and 12 hours of dissertation-related credits. Students must also pass comprehensive exams and complete a dissertation.

For more information on admissions or program requirements please click on the appropriate link or contact the Criminology and Criminal Justice Doctoral Program:

Dawn L. Rothe, Ph.D.
Old Dominion University
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3935
FAX: (757) 683-5634
drothe@odu.edu