The information below summarizes both admissions and general degree requirements for
the Criminal Justice Doctoral program at the University of New Haven. If you have
any questions please contact David Myers by email at DMyers@newhaven.edu.
Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on past undergraduate and graduate coursework,
Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of reference, a writing sample, and a
personal statement. Students must obtain a copy of the university's application form
for admission to graduate studies, and submit a completed application for admission
form, plus the following:
- Transcripts from all colleges attended, including proof of receipt of a baccalaureate
degree and graduate degree, M.S. or equivalent degree, from an accredited college
- A minimum of a 3.5 GPA for the final two years of undergraduate study, or a 3.5 GPA
for all masters level coursework is expected for admission,
- Scores for the Graduate Record Exam. A minimum score of 300 on the combined verbal
and quantitative portions of the GRE is expected for consideration for admission-scores
will be sent to the University of New Haven once you have taken the exam,
- Three letters of recommendation,
- An academic or other professional writing sample, and
- A personal statement of no more than 1,500 words describing the student's background,
goals, and reasons for pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the University of New Haven
General Degree Requirements
Given the specialized nature of doctoral degree program each student admitted into
the program must meet with the director of the program to establish an initial plan
of study for the degree. The requirements below represent general minimum requirements;
however, each student will work with their doctoral program advisor and the director
of the program to formalize their plan of study.
- Each student must complete a minimum residency requirement of 30 semester credits
in the program, students must pass two preliminary comprehensive exams: one covering
research methods and statistics (Exam 1), and the other covering theories of crime
and justice (Exam 2). Each student must also satisfy minimum requirements (3-15 credits)
for an area of specialization and pass an Area of Specialization comprehensive exam
- Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. The Criminal Justice Ph.D.
Program requires a minimum of 45 credit hours for completion. The minimum of 45 credit
hours include: 30 credits of program core and residency credit, a minimum of 3 credits
in an area of specialization, 3 credits of dissertation prospectus, and 9 hours of
- Students must pass all three comprehensive examinations.
- Students must complete and defend a doctoral dissertation prospectus, prior to starting
work on their dissertation.
- Students must complete and defend a doctoral dissertation that is based on original
research and that makes a significant contribution to the study of Criminal Justice.
Students must complete a minimum of 9 hours of dissertation credit.
- Students must be in compliance with all general rules and procedures for graduate
study as established by the Graduate School at the University of New Haven