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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Criminology (CCJ)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 45.0401
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 55
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 55

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Criminology Department (CJP)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Rachael Powers
Phone: 813974-9531


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The Ph.D. is a research degree granted in recognition of high achievement in criminology. This achievement requires accomplishments beyond the completion of coursework that demonstrate the ability to work independently and contribute to criminological knowledge.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution and a GPA of at least 3.40 or better (on a 4.00 scale) during graduate study
  • A preferred minimum score of 153V (53rd percentile), 144Q (18th percentile) or higher on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the preceding five (5) years. All applicants must submit GRE scores.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation speaking to the applicants academic capabilities
  • A statement of purpose detailing reasons for seeking a Ph.D. degree in Criminology, future career plans and research interests.
  • A professional or academic writing sample providing evidence of the candidate's academic capabilities

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

Total minimum program hours: 55 hours post-master's

Core requirements 22 hours
Electives 9 hours
Advanced Research 6 hours
Dissertation 18 hours

In addition to the general requirements of the University, the 55 credit hour post-M.A./M.S. degree is as follows:






CCJ 6937 (1) Pro Seminar in Criminology*
CCJ 6020 (3) Criminal Justice and Public Policy*
CCJ 6707 (3 ) Quantitative Analysis in Criminology II*
CCJ 6708 (3) Quantitative Analysis in Criminology III
CCJ 7705 (3) Research Methods in Criminology II*
CCJ 7010 (3) Theories of Criminal Behavior I
CCJ 7011 (3) Theories of Criminal Behavior II
CCJ 7922 (2) Professional Development in Criminology
CCJ 7940 (1) Teaching Practicum in Criminology

*For students who have taken CCJ 6937, CCJ 6020 and/or CCJ 6707 or the equivalent as M.A. students, those credit hours will be substituted with additional departmental electives.
**An introductory research methods course at the graduate level prior is a pre-requisite to taking this course.
An introdutory quantitative analysis at the graduate level prior is a pre-requisite to taking this course.




Electives (9 hours)
Options include:
CCJ 6601 (3) Seminar in Nature and Causes of Crime
CCJ 6624 (3) Seminar in Violence
CCJ 6662 (3) Seminar in Social Inequality and Crime
CCJ 6654 (3) Seminar in Drugs and Crime

Six credit hours may be taken outside the Department with approval from the Graduate Program Director. All courses must be USF courses.




CCJ 7910 (6) Advanced Research
*Variable credit hours from 1-6 credit hours can be taken in a given semester




CCJ 7980 (18 ) Doctoral Dissertation

In addition to successfully completing these requirements, students will qualify for candidacy as described below and write and defend a dissertation prospectus and dissertation.


Qualifying Examination

Students must pass two exams and produce an approved publishable manuscript as determined by a graduate faculty member. The comprehensive exams assess the student's comprehensive knowledge of (a) theores of criminology, and (b) research methods and data analysis and asses a student's (a) innovative, critical and analytical thinking and (b) writing skills.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

CCJ6050, CCJ6118, CCJ6705, CCJ6706, CCJ6707, CCJ6708, CCJ6709, CCJ7980,