Curriculum: Policy, Oversight and Administration Track

December 8, 2012

A minimum of 60 credits of approved graduate work is required. Some independent study may be approved for credit. The curriculum consists of core required courses, specialization courses and elective courses.  Students must complete the requirements of a specialization: Criminology and Criminal Justice; Policy, Oversight and Administration; or Forensic Science. Elective courses are chosen by the student, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, from a wide range of criminal justice graduate courses or approved courses taught in other doctoral programs of the City University.

General Requirements

Students may satisfy The Graduate Center’s language requirement either by demonstrating competency in an advanced methodological technique or statistical method or by demonstrating the ability to read a foreign language appropriate to the field of study.

Dissertation and Examinations

Students must complete the First Examination before the end of the second year of doctoral study. The dissertation proposal is defended in the Second Examination. The dissertation itself is defended as part of the Third Examination.

Required and Elective Courses

Students in the POA specialization will take four of the same core courses as the students in the primary criminology and criminal justice program:

  • Criminal Justice Process and Policy I,
  • Criminal Justice Process and Policy II,
  • Survey of Research Methods, and
  • Survey of Quantitative Methods I.

However, the POA specialization requires an advanced knowledge of policy analysis and as such the students will take an advanced methods course focusing on this:

  • Advanced Policy Analysis (instead of Survey of Quantitative Methods II).

Additionally, students in the POA specialization will take Criminology and Public Policy (instead of Survey of Criminological Theory I and II). This course focuses on criminology and public policy, including the implications of criminological theories for public and corporate integrity and corruption.

Thus, students who elect this specialization will be required to complete six “core” courses: Survey of Research Methods in Criminal Justice, Survey of Criminal Justice Process and Policy I, Survey of Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice I, Survey of Criminal Justice Process and Policy II, Criminology and Public Policy, and Advanced Policy Analysis. The focus of the specialization is policy analysis, and it is targeted to students who have an interest in pursuing research or management positions in criminal justice or other agencies or non-profit organizations (e.g., Women’s Prison Association, Center for Court Innovation, Urban Institute). Students with this specialization will be required to conduct a dissertation using policy analysis as a method.

Requirements for Policy, Oversight and Administration Specialization
Course                            Description                                     Credits
Required courses for the specialization CRJ 70100  Survey of Research Methods in Criminal Justice               4 

CRJ 70500  Survey of Criminal Justice Process and Policy I                 4

CRJ 70000  Survey of Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice I    4

CRJ 70600  Survey of Criminal Justice Process and Policy II               4

CRJ 70800  Criminology and Public Policy                                               3

CRJ 70700  Advanced Policy Analysis                                                        3

 

Total credits required for required core courses                         22

Total credits for elective courses                                                        38
Total credits acceptable from graduate degree                           Up to 29

(MPA, MA in CJ or equivalent)

Total credits required                                                                              60