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Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology


The PhD in Criminology degree program is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree offered in conjunction with other graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. The objective of the PhD program is to provide students a coherent, yet intellectually challenging degree that adequately prepares them to conduct research among the many aspects of criminology and criminal justice, varying with individual interests and areas of specialty. Graduates of the PhD program will be qualified to teach at the university level as professors. Graduates will also be competent to enter into analytic and administrative posts within the vast array of research and policy institutions, criminal justice organizations, and in the private sector.

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Criminology

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Criminology Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Master's degree in criminology, sociology or a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university

GPA: Minimum of 3.2 

Test score required: Yes

A combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 on the GRE is preferred.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Limited to fall admissions. University deadlines apply.


Katie Doctor, Graduate Program Administrator
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office - GR 2.202

Degree Information:
Dr. Lynne Vieraitis, Program Head
Office - GR 2.120

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Criminologist, Policy Advisor or Research Officer in state and federal justice agencies, Academics/Teaching; analytical and administrative positions in international and domestic research, policy institutions and legal system and private practice/consulting.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.