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Criminology & Criminal Justice (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. 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.

Criminology & Criminal Justice (Ph.D.)


Description


What is Criminology & Criminal Justice at ODU like?

The Ph.D. 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.

Program Highlights


What makes Criminology & Criminal Justice at ODU unique?

  • UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS 1000+

  • FULL-TIME FACULTY 23

  • PH.D STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED 12

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other

$79,050

MEDIAN SALARY


All postsecondary social sciences teachers not listed separately.

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$83,230

MEDIAN SALARY


All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

$91,590

MEDIAN SALARY


Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

$68,980

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Kennesaw State University, Radford University, Columbus State University

Courses


What are some courses offered in Criminology & Criminal Justice at ODU?

CRIM 802:
Advanced Criminological Theory


This course is an examination of criminological theory for the advanced student. The focus is on critical analysis of both contemporary and historical criminological theories. In order to aid in the development of a critical understanding of theory, beyond understanding the content of central theories, the class focuses on discussion of theory development and testing. In addition, the class focuses on an understanding of the relationship of one theory to another as well as the state of empirical evidence surrounding each theory.

CRIM 803:
Inequality, Crime and Justice


This course examines the linkages between social characteristics and crime. The course concentrates on what is known about the impact of gender, age, race and social class on crime and criminal justice.

CRIM 820:
Advanced Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice


This course provides students with advanced understanding of issues in criminology/criminal justice research including: history, philosophy, sociology, epistemology, politics and ethics of social science research; methodological questions of reliability, validity, conceptualization, operationalization, scale construction, data collection methodologies, sampling.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Criminology & Criminal Justice at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Criminology & Criminal Justice should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • A completed master’s degree (or its equivalent) in criminology, criminal justice, or in an appropriate field (e.g., administration of justice, sociology, or political science) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education – a thesis is generally expected; 

  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants; 

  • Successful completion of prior coursework in research methods and statistics at least equivalent to that required by the ODU B.A. in sociology/criminal justice 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 motivation for applying to the program as well as the professional contributions s/he intends to make assuming successful completion of the degree; 

  • If the applicant’s native language is not English, a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 540 and/or an interview in which the applicant’s comprehension and fluency in English can be assessed. 

     

     

For admission to the Criminology & Criminal Justice program


GPA:

A minimum of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) overall for the master’s degree;


TOEFL:

At least 540 and/or an interview in which the applicant’s comprehension and fluency in English can be assessed.


Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


We offer competitive assistant-ships to qualified applicants 

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Name:

Scott R. Maggard


Location:

6046 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23523



Office:

757-683-5528


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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