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Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Faculty working with Students: 11
Students: 32
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10th
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE

Degree Description:

The mission of Criminal Justice Ph.D. program is to advance the development of criminological and criminal justice research and theory, and to train graduate students to conduct and understand theoretically based research involving crime and the criminal justice system. Upon completion of their graduate program, graduate students in criminal justice will be able to read and evaluate data and social science research, analyze and develop criminal justice policy, conduct independent research related to criminology and criminal justice, and communicate original research findings and analyses of secondary research cogently for consideration by multiple audiences.

Admission Requirements:

  • Master’s level degree
  • For students entering from a foreign university, evidence of English proficiency (i.e., Test of English as a Foreign Language) and financial resources
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0, although 3.5 or higher is preferred by the admissions committee
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (including all colleges or universities from which you have earned or expect to earn a degree, and all colleges or universities at which you have taken graduate level course work; transcripts for coursework taken at Washington State University are not required).
  • Official GRE scores sent to the Graduate School at institution code 4705. Find test centers and datesScores must be less than five years old. The department does not have set established minimum scores required to be considered for admission.
  • Official TOEFL score (for international applicants) — www.toefl.org — or other approved test to assess English proficiency. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 80. Minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1.  The ability to write lengthy, well organized, well written, precise and persuasive papers and articles.
  2.  A clear understanding of the conduct of scientific inquiry investigating theoretical and policy related questions and arguments.
  3.  The ability to easily design research appropriate for the questions and topics to be investigated.
  4.  A basic understanding of current political, economic, cultural, and security trends in the USA and worldwide.
  5.  Knowledge of major factors and drivers of changes in the domestic security and justice environments.
  6.  Ability to describe, in some detail, basic policy approaches and programs relevant to diverse security challenges adopted by the USA.
  7.  The methodological and analytical ability to assess the effectiveness of various policies.
  8.  Detailed knowledge and understanding of specific security issues relevant to their theoretical and career interests.
  9.  The ability to describe and evaluate security and justice problems from an objective perspective.

Student Opportunities:

Faculty collaboration, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant opportunities, Program evaluation, online instruction and curriculum development, advanced statistical training.

Career Opportunities:

Academia, grant specialist, research manager, and planning and evaluation director for state and local criminal justice agencies.

Career Placements:

Research university professorships, police and corrections management.Students graduating with a Ph.D. have had 100% job placement prior to graduation.

Faculty Members:

Brody, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Criminal law; Criminal procedure; Administration of justice; Judicial evaluation; Judicial selection systems; Prosecution and adjudication; Law and social control; and the Jury system.

Drapela, Laurie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Probation officer discretion; Sociological impacts of prison siting; Implementation and operation of therapeutic courts; and Offending desistance trajectories among youth.

Hamilton, Zachary K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Offender risk-needs assessment, intersection of criminal justice and public health, offender programming, and quantitative methods.

Hemmens, Craig, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Criminal Procedure; Courts; Corrections

Lutze, Faith E, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Rehabilitative nature of prison environments; Impact of ultra-masculine environments on inmate adjustment; Offender adjustment to community corrections supervision; and Violence toward women.

Makin, David Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Technology and Police Practice (training, decision-making, incident management), Sustainable Technology Integration, Intelligence-Led Policing, Forensic Practice and Policy, Technology, Crime, and Criminal Justice, Technological Deviance, and Advanced Research Methodologies.

Marenin, Otwin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

International cooperation in criminal justice and policing: programs and impacts; Security sector reform; The dynamics of crime, law and legitimacy in state building and political development.

Neuilly, Melanie-Angela, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Lethal violence; public health; medico-legal practices; mortality statistics; comparative criminal justice.

Pedneault, Amelie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sexual offending, Situational Crime Prevention, Environmental criminology.

Stohr, Mary, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Correctional organizations; Inmate needs and assessments; Program evaluation; Green criminology.

Willits, Dale, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Policing, Violence, Criminological Theory, Data Quality

Contact Information:

Maria Orozco
701 Johnson Tower
Pullman, WA 99164-4872
509-335-8611