Become an Expert in Social Science Research
Apply theoretical expertise and methodological rigor to explore critical social problems and become an authority in your chosen area of study with a PhD in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany.
Program of Study
You will study theories of crime and the criminal justice process and policy, as well as advanced statistics and methods. Next, you will put your skills to practice through your own research under the mentorship of faculty.
- Theories of Crime
- Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice
- Research/Analytical Writing Seminar
- Statistical Techniques in Criminal Justice II
- Research Design in Criminal Justice II
Research Tool Requirement
Demonstrated proficiency in a relevant area such as statistical analysis, legal research, foreign language proficiency, historical research, computer utilization, survey design, techniques of field observation, and clinical research techniques.
The doctoral comprehensive examination provides you with the opportunity to practice and be assessed on important skills. Exams include the completion of a research project, involving a written report that is suitable for publication in an academic journal and an oral presentation.
A written prospectus detailing the research questions, data, and methods you will use in conducting your selected dissertation research. It should also address the relevance of your dissertation topic to the field of criminal justice, describe the conceptual and research content, and specify the uniqueness of the proposal.
Present and Successfully Defend a Dissertation
Your dissertation should investigate a problem of significance and make a unique contribution to the field of study. It must demonstrate independent research and analysis, careful professional writing, and a high degree of scholarly competence.
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Benefit from opportunities to develop and teach your own course, work on policy proposals, write articles for publication in academic journals and attend or conduct lectures on your specialized area of interest.
You can also take advantage of UAlbany's location in the capital of New York State by engaging in hands-on learning opportunities, including research and internships in government agencies that affect criminal justice.
Share the knowledge you've developed with others by pursuing a career in roles such as:
- Assistant professor
- Postdoctoral research associate
- Research analyst
- Crime analyst
- Director of research
- Criminal justice consultant
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the theories of crime and criminal justice.
- Ability to translate theory into empirical research questions.
- Ability to design research studies.
- Ability to analyze data appropriately.
- Professional acculturation.
- Ability to organize a course.
- Ability to evaluate student performance.
- Ability to lead class discussions.