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The University of Texas at Dallas
Graduate Admissions

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology


Professors: James W. Marquart (Director), Bruce Jacobs, John Worrall
Associate Professors:
Thomislav Kovandzic, Lynne Vieraitis
Assistant Professors: Denise Paquette-Boots (Graduate Director), Robert Morris
Clinical Professor: Elmer Polk
Clinical Assistant Professors: Timothy Bray,
Sarah Maxwell


The Mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas is threefold in nature, in order to:

1. Deliver high-quality education to a diverse body of graduate students regarding the etiology, control, and variation of law-breaking across space and time.

2. Serve local, regional, and national communities through professional development programs, public policy analyses, evaluation research, program and policy design, and a forum for new approaches to the study of crime.

3. Advance the understanding of criminology through a multidisciplinary mix of theoretical and applied research.


The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminology is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented program that provides students with a coherent and intellectually challenging degree that prepares them for an academic, analytical or administrative appointment as a university professor competent in the oversight of research and development within criminal justice organizations, policy institutions or in the private sector.


Students have access to the computing facilities in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) in two computing laboratories which equipped with major social science software packages, including E-Views, R, Rats, PASW, STATA, Lexis Nexis Database, and West Law for student use. The University’s Computing Center provides personal computers and UNIX Workstations. Data and reference materials are also available online via the library and UTD’s memberships in numerous organizations.

Graduate Assistantships

Criminology Program Funding is limited primarily to doctoral students, with limited opportunities others. Students should note their desire to be considered for graduate student funding as a teaching or research assistant in their letter of intent to the program at the time of. For more specific information, please see our Criminology Graduate Program Handbook located on our website at .

Application and Admission Requirements

The PhD Program in Criminology seeks applicants from a baccalaureate or Masters in Criminology, Sociology, or a relevant discipline.  A 3.2 GPA and a GRE score of 1200 are desirable, but students may be admitted at the program’s discretion.  All transcripts must be submitted, along with three letters of recommendation (preferably academic) and a one-page essay describing their background, education, and professional objectives.  For more information please see our Graduate Handbook on our website. 

Degree Requirements

On admission to the Ph.D. in Criminology Program, a student must complete a 90 semester credit hours across three tiers of graduate coursework. Additionally, students must fulfill other requirements including comprehensive exams, and two writing requirements as follows:

• Coursework: 90 credit hours of graduate study (minus transferred or masters hours

• Analytical Paper Writing Requirement

• Comprehensive Examination

• Doctoral Dissertation

A grade of "C+" or worse in any graduate class requires that the class be retaken with only one retake will per course. If the retake results in a final grade of "C+" or worse, the student will be dropped from the program. In addition, all students must meet the University’s minimum required GPA of 3.0 or higher. See our Criminology Graduate Program Handbook located on our website for more specific requirements.

Semester Credit Hour Requirements

Coursework Tiers and Credit Hours

Tier I

Required Criminology Core Classes: 15 hours

Electives: 15 hours (9 hours in Criminology/6 graduate hours taken in any other subject)

Writing Requirement for Analytical Paper: 6 hours

Total Tier I Hours: 36

Tier II

Required Criminology Core Classes: 12 hours

Required Additional EPPS Methods/Stats Classes: 6 hours

Criminology Electives: 9 hours

Non-Criminology Electives (in EPPS or any another school): 9 hours

Total Tier II Hours: 36

Tier III

Dissertation/Three-Paper Option Research (minimum of 18 hours)

Total Tier III Hours: 18

Total Program Hours: 90 total credit hours minimum beyond BA/BS

27 Hours Core Criminology Courses

6 Hours Analytical Writing

6 Hours Additional EPPS Methods/Stats Classes

18 Hours Criminology Electives

15 Hours Electives outside CRIM (EPPS or any other School)

18 Hours Dissertation

90 Hours TOTAL

Core Courses

EPPS 6310 Research Design I
CRIM 6300
Proseminar in Criminology
CRIM 6303 Etiology of Crime and Criminality
CRIM 6307 Extent of Crime and Measurement in Criminology
CRIM 6311 Crime and Justice Policy
EPPS 7313 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
EPPS 7316 Regression and Multivariate Analysis
CRIM 7300 Advances in Criminology Theory
CRIM 7301 Seminar in Criminology Research
CRIM 6V98 Analytical Writing (6 hours)
CRIM 8V99 Dissertation hours (18 hours)

Criminology Electives

CRIM 6305 Law and Social Control
CRIM 6308
CRIM 6309 Communities and Crime
CRIM 6310 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
CRIM 6311 Crime and Justice Policy
CRIM 6313 Corrections
CRIM 6314 Policing
CRIM 6315 Violent Crime
CRIM 6317 Courts
CRIM 6322 Crime Prevention
CRIM 6324 Correlates of Crime and Justice
CRIM 6332 GIS Applications in Criminology
CRIM 6348 Drugs & Crime
CRIM 7342 Qualitative Criminology
CRIM 7351 Advanced Criminological Theory
CRIM 7381 Special Topics in Criminology
CRIM 8V01 Independent Study in Criminology
CRIM 8V92 Independent Advanced Research

Sample of Additional Methods/Stats Classes

EPPS 6342 Research Design II
EPPS 6346 Qualitative Research Methods
EPPS 6352 Evaluation Research Methods
EPPS 7318 Structural Equation and Multilevel (Hierarchical) Modeling
EPPS 7344 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables
EPPS 7368 Spatial Epidemiology
EPPS 7370 Time Series Analysis
EPPS 7370 Applied Multivariate Analysis
EPPS 7386 Survey Research


Last Updated: October 21, 2011