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Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Faculty working with Students: 10
Students: 34
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 67.65%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10th
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:

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. At least one of the letters of recommendation must be from a professor.
  • 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 has set a minimum score of 3.5 or higher for the analytical test 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 85. Minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1.  Disciplinary Proficiency: Students will be generally knowledgeable across the entire field of criminal justice and criminology.
    Assessment location: CRMJ 530, 555, Dissertation
  2.  Diversity Knowledge: Students will understand how history, structures of power and privilege, and cultural, social, and economic forces affect criminal justice and criminological outcomes.
    Assessment location: DEJ course
  3.  Methodological Competence: Students will be competent in the full range research methods and analytical techniques used in the field of criminal justice and criminology.
    Assessment location: CRMJ 520, 522, 523, and 540; Dissertation
  4.  Specialized Expertise: Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the published scholarship and contemporary research methods in a specific, defined area of study within the field of criminal justice and criminology.
    Assessment location: Preliminary examination and Dissertation
  5.  Proficient Communication: Students will become proficient communicators in terms of research and pedagogy according to professional standards in both written and oral formats.
    Assessment location: All written coursework and oral presentations, Prospectus defense and Prospectus, Dissertation defense and Dissertation

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.

Location: Spokane/Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of 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.

Location: Vancouver

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

Research Interests

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

Hemmens, Craig, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

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

Research Interests

Criminal Procedure; Courts; Corrections

Lutze, Faith E, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of 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 A, Ph.D.

Location: Pulllman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of 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.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of 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.

Location: Pullman

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

Research Interests

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

Pedneault, Amelie, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

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

Research Interests

Sexual offending, Situational Crime Prevention, Environmental criminology.

Stohr, Mary, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

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

Research Interests

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

Willits, Dale, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

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

Research Interests

Policing, Violence, Criminological Theory, Data Quality

Contact Information:

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