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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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
Email: powersr@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/criminology/


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Major 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.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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)

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Major Requirements

Total minimum 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:

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

22

CCJ 6937 (1) Pro Seminar in Criminology*
CCJ 6485 (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 7605 (3) Theories of Criminal Behavior I
CCJ 7606 (3) Theories of Criminal Behavior II
CCJ 7065 (2) Professional Development in Criminology
CCJ 7940 (1) Teaching Practicum in Criminology

*For students who have taken CCJ 6937, CCJ 6485 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 REQUIREMENTS

9

Electives (9 hours)
Options include:
CCJ 6638 (3) Seminar in Nature and Causes of Crime
CCJ 6624 (3) Seminar in Violence
CCJ 6669 (3) Seminar in Social Inequality and Crime
CCJ 6654 (3) Seminar in Drugs and Crime

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

 

ADVANCED RESEARCH

6*

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

 

DISSERTATION

18

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.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ 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: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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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,