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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. The objective of the 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. Graduates will be qualified to teach at the university level as professors. Graduates will also be competent to enter into analytic and administrative posts in research and policy institutions, criminal justice organizations, and 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 completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

Deadlines: Limited to fall admissions. University deadlines apply.


Laurel Brown
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: GR 2.202

Degree Information:
John L. Worrall, Program Head
University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road, GR 31
Richardson, TX 75080

Possible Careers

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.