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  School of Criminal Justice 2019-2021 Doctoral Program Coursework  


Doctoral students take seven required courses (21 credits). The required courses include
a two-semester theory sequence (foundations and contemporary); a two-semester
statistics sequence (introductory and intermediate), research methods, policy, and an
advanced statistics or methods course. In addition to the required courses, students must complete seven elective courses (21 credits), for a total of 42 credits of coursework toward the degree.

Required Courses (21 Credits) Credits

Foundations of Criminological Theory (27:202:511) 3
Contemporary Criminological Theory (27:202:518) 3
Criminal Justice Policy (27:202:521) 3
Introductory Statistics (27:202:542) 3
Intermediate Statistics (27:202:543) 3
Advanced Research Methods (27:202:640) 3

One of the Following (Advanced Research Requirement):
Advanced Statistics (27:202:641) 3
Research Design for Causal Inference (27:202:647) 3
Qualitative Research Methods (27:202:648) 3

Elective Courses (21 Credits) Credits

Seven Elective Courses 21

The additional elective coursework is to be distributed among the university's offerings. Only graduate-level courses may be included. No more than 12 credits may be earned at institutions other than Rutgers. Most coursework is expected to be taken in the School of Criminal Justice, augmented and enriched through the graduate offerings in other programs or units. Students who wish to take credits within other academic units at Rutgers should seek approval from the Ph.D. director, and contact the department offering the course(s) to determine whether they accept students from other units. When possible, electives should be selected to create a concentration in one or more areas of study.

Dissertation Research (18 Credits) Credits

Dissertation Research in Criminal Justice (26:202:701, 702, 703, 704) 18


Note: Advanced Statistics can be repeated for credit, with approval, when different statistical approaches are taught under the same course number.
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