Doctoral Programs Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology

About the Program

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia granted approval to the Georgia State University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology to offer a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. The program is a response to two areas of societal need: demand for Ph.D. prepared individuals to teach in the expanding number of criminal justice degree programs offered in higher education and the need to have doctoral trained researchers available to study different issues related to criminal justice and crime control.

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology is designed to train researchers and teacher-scholars in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  The program provides intensive one-on-one mentorship, a flexible curriculum, and core teaching and research skills that enable graduates to excel in University settings, as well as research think tanks.  Current and former doctoral students are actively involved in presenting their research at regional and national conferences.  Faculty members in the department have actively involved doctoral students in their research projects, resulting in numerous publications with students.  In addition, graduate students are actively involved in planning and attending research colloquia and participate in student governance.

For more information on the Ph.D. program, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Volkan Topalli or visit the department’s website. More information is also located in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities for graduates of the master’s program in criminal justice are numerous, diverse, and rewarding. GSU graduates have found employment at the following: FBI, ATF, GBI, EPA, Secret Service, numerous local and state law enforcement and correctional agencies, probation and parole agencies, juvenile justice agencies, and the research branches of federal, state, and local agencies.

Talk to an Advisor

Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Telephone: 404-413-0021
Fax: 404-413-0023


Application Deadlines:

Students are accepted for admission into the program once a year in the fall semester. January 15th is the application deadline. The online graduate application is located at apply.

Funding and Financial Aid

A limited number of university- and grant-funded graduate research assistantships are available in the department.  In addition, many students will be assigned as the instructor of record for their own undergraduate courses. The department also provides tuition waivers to qualified students.

Degree Requirements  Apply to Georgia State