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Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements to this doctor of philosophy (PhD) program are stated in graduate general regulation 1.3.4 and 1.3.5.

Students admitted to the program without the prerequisite courses (or equivalent), will be required to complete those courses in addition to the PhD degree requirements. The prerequisite courses are: CRIM 800, CRIM 860, CRIM 861, CRIM 862.

Application fees are set by the dean of graduate studies office, and are subject to change each year.

Degree Requirements

The course work requirement includes:

CRIM 801 - Criminological Theory II (3)

Advanced topics in criminological theory. Topics for in-depth analysis will be selected according to the availability and interest in specific course instructors. The course will emphasize theoretical construction and development, the importance of theory, and how it structure criminological thought. Prerequisite: CRIM 800, or permission of the instructor.

two of 

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

A survey of advanced statistical techniques in criminological research. Specific topics may include: limited (e.g., categorical, ordinal, and count) dependent variables, multi-level modeling, longitudinal data techniques, spatial data analysis, missing values analysis, and propensity score matching. Attention will be given to the decisions involved in data exploration and preparation for statistical modeling purposes using the appropriate statistical software. There is an emphasis on conceptual foundations and application. A strong background in regression-based techniques is assumed. Prerequisite: CRIM 861, or permission of the instructor.

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

Advanced topics, issues and techniques in qualitative research methods in criminological and socio-legal research. Subject matter will vary according to instructor interests and specialization. Specific areas of concentration may include: field research; participatory action research; qualitative research and the digital revolution; research ethics; historical methods. Prerequisite: CRIM 862, or permission of the instructor.

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

Topics, issues and techniques in program evaluation within criminological research. The specific subject matter will vary according to instructor interests and specialization. Specific areas of concentration may include: needs assessment, program theory, logic models, process evaluation design and implementation, outcome evaluation design and implementation, and cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisite: CRIM 860 and CRIM 861, or permission of instructor.

and at least 12 units selected from additional course offerings

one comprehensive exam in theory and methods

CRIM 897 - Comprehensive Exam (6)

A one term course that will allow students to complete the comprehensive exam process. Prerequisite: Completion of all course work within the PhD program.

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

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 preliminary examination within two years of program entry.

Thesis Procedures

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 1.9.3.

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 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, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.