Criminal Justice (Ph.D.)
Study the criminal justice system and prepare for a leadership role in research, policy, administration or academia.
Professionals with an advanced understanding of the complexities of our criminal justice system are increasingly in demand. With a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from UND, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to create effective solutions as a leader in the field.
- Program type:
- Doctoral Degree
- Est. time to complete:
- 4-5 years
- Credit hours:
- 90 (42 with a J.D.)
Why Study Criminal Justice at UND?
From law enforcement to public policy, criminal justice encompasses some of today's most pressing concerns. One of just a few programs in the nation recognized by the American Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice, UND's Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice provides you with the tools to effect substantive change.
Our innovative curriculum combines a traditional focus with special emphasis on rural and American Indian Tribal jurisdictions.
In addition to high-level analytic and communication skills, you'll gain an advanced understanding of:
- Criminological theories
- Statistics and research methods
- High-level concepts in criminal justice
You'll become an expert in criminal justice, prepared to teach at the college level or serve in leadership in research, government or criminal justice agencies.
If you have a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree or are pursuing one, UND also offers options to accelerate your path to a Ph.D by omitting elective courses. A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from UND combined with a law degree will help set you apart as a leader in the field.