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Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice?

The PhD program in Criminal Justice began in September 1992 and had its first graduate in 1996. The doctoral program is designed to develop social scientists' ability to consume, transmit, and independently produce research knowledge on crime and criminal justice to prepare them for careers in academia and/or in agency-based research. Students enrolled in the Doctoral Program receive intensive training in consuming, producing, and transmitting scientific knowledge on crime and criminal justice. This training occurs both in the room and through teaching and research opportunities that offer students the chance to apply the skills that they have developed. Students also have opportunities to attend professional conferences and obtain funding to pursue their specific interests. The program is research-intensive and the School’s faculty has been ranked #1 for its scholarly productivity in recent publications. UC's School of Criminal Justice was ranked #3 in the most recent US News and World Report survey of graduate education in criminology and criminal justice.

Program Goals

The criminal justice faculty at the University of Cincinnati are very serious about the education of our graduate students. We are demanding but also supportive; our goal is to motivate students to achieve new intellectual levels and to maximize opportunities for success within and beyond the graduate program. We want our students to play an integral role in shaping the future of criminal justice research and education.

Success Factors

Ph.D. students in criminal justice leave the program with a thorough understanding of crime and the justice system. Students learn, apply, and demonstrate mastery of a variety of skills through research in criminology and criminal justice. The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in academic or other research and educational settings. Ninety-five percent of all the graduates from the doctoral program in Criminal Justice have been hired into faculty position or other jobs in criminal justice research and policy.

Career Possibilities

The Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice degree is in high demand in academic and other settings. Recent research suggests that there are more academic positions in the field than there are new criminal justice PhDs to fill them. Federal, State, and local criminal justice agencies and private “think tanks” offer research positions to criminal justice PhDs as well.

The demand for persons with advanced graduate degrees in criminal justice is expected to continue to increase as agencies continue to become more evidence-driven and the discipline continues to develop.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

For advising questions, please contact Jean Gary at garynj@ucmail.uc.edu or by phone at (513) 556-1819. Prof. Chris Sullivan can be reached at sullivc6@ucmail.uc.edu or by phone at (513) 556-3851.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Review of applications for Fall Admissions begins January 10th

Admission requirements include:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores (50th percentile or above is preferred) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if applicable
  • Unofficial Transcript with Grade Point Average (a minimum of 3.5 is preferred)
  • Recent Writing Sample
  • A personal statement with discussion of relevant experience, goals, and fit with the UC program
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Inclusion of Curriculum Vitae highlighting any prior research or teaching experience is recommended

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: 

Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: 

Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Criminal Justice

Full-Time Program Duration

3 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

School of Criminal Justice
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-1819
Jean Gary
Jean.Gary@uc.edu