Criminology Doctor of Philosophy Program

Note - The Doctor of Philosophy Program is being revised for admissions beginning in Fall 2016. Degree Requirements and Admission criteria have been modified.

Degree Requirements

From the Academic Calendar (per fall 2016 revisions in progress):

The course work requirement includes:

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: Program Evaluation Theory and Practice (3)

at least 12 units selected from additional course offerings

one comprehensive exam in theory and methods

CRIM 897 – Comprehensive Exam (9)

and the satisfactory completion and oral defence of an original PhD thesis.

CRIM 899 – PhD Thesis (12)

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.

Normally, students are expected to finish courses and the comprehensive examination within two years of program entry.

Thesis Procedures

In the term after the preliminary 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 Regulation 1.9.3.

Satisfactory Performance

The progress of each candidate is assessed once per year by the school (spring).  Students who perform unsatisfactorily may not continue, subject to review procedures of unsatisfactory progress described in Graduate General Regulation 1.8.2.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations (residence, course work, academic progress, supervision, research competence requirement, completion time, and degree completion), as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled, as shown above.