Criminology Doctor of Philosophy Program

Program Requirements

Please consult the academic calendar for the most up to date degree requirements. In the event that program requirements change in the future, the calendar in effect at the time of entry into the program governs.

This site, maintained by the School of Criminology, provides some explanation and elaboration of the academic calendar entry, but does not supercede the requirements in the academic calendar.

The PhD program includes a minimum of 39 units, including course work (21 units), a comprehensive exam (6 units), and a thesis (12 units). Note the section below pertaining to program pre-requisites, which if not taken at the MA level, must be completed in addition to the PhD course requirements.

Course work requirements (21 units)

Note: Courses completed as part of another degree (e.g. MA) cannot be used to meet PhD requirements (cf. Graduate General Regulations).

CRIM 801 - Criminological Theory II (3)

two of 

CRIM 863 - Research Methods IV: Advanced Quantitative Methods (3)

CRIM 864 - Research Methods V: Advanced Qualitative Methods (3)

CRIM 865 - Research Methods VI: The Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation (3)

and at least 12 units selected from additional course offerings. A maximum of 6 units may be completed in another department or university with supervisory committee and graduate program committee approval. These courses may be accepted as partially meeting PhD program course requirements.

Comprehensive exam in theory and methods (6 units)

CRIM 897 - Comprehensive Exam (6)

Completion and oral defence of an original PhD thesis (12 units)

CRIM 890 - PhD Thesis Prospectus (0)

CRIM 899 - PhD Thesis (12)

Program Prerequisites

NOTE: The following program requirements may increase the time needed to complete the degree.

Students admitted to the program without the following prerequisite courses (or equivalent), will be required to complete these courses in addition to the PhD degree requirements above. These remedial courses cannot be included as part of the12 units of additional course offerings required as part of the PhD program described above.

CRIM 800 - Criminological Theory I (3)

CRIM 860 - Research Methods I: Research Design (3)

CRIM 861 - Research Methods II: Quantitative Methods (3)

CRIM 862 - Research Methods III: Qualitative Methods (3)

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in 12 to 15 terms (4 to 5 years). Normally, students are expected to finish courses and the comprehensive examination within two years of program entry.

Other Information

Thesis Procedure

In the term after the comprehensive exam is passed, candidates develop a thesis prospectus based on original research defining the proposed investigation and demonstrating the relationship between it and existing scholarship. The thesis prospectus is presented to the supervisory committee and, on approval, is circulated to faculty and resident graduate students to be presented at a colloquium.

The thesis is defended in oral examination by an examining committee constituted under “Examining Committee for Doctoral Thesis”, Graduate General Regulations.

Satisfactory Performance

The progress of each candidate is assessed once per year by the school.  Students who perform unsatisfactorily may not continue, subject to review procedures of unsatisfactory progress described in Graduate General Regulations.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.