Overview of the CUNY Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice

December 8, 2012

The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York was founded in 1961. The Graduate Center is the doctoral-granting institution of the third largest urban university in the U.S. The Graduate Center offers 32 doctoral program as well as several masters’ programs. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,700 members primarily from the CUNY senior colleges throughout New York City.

The Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice was started in 1981 and has since grown into one of the premier criminal justice Ph.D. programs in the U.S. The majority of courses for the CUNY Ph.D. in Criminal Justice are taught at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice campus located in the heart of New York City.

The Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice offers an interdisciplinary education in the fields of criminal justice, criminology, forensic science, policy, oversight and administration. It combines theory, empirical research, and normative analysis. The program is structured with three specializations:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice:  This concentration offers an interdisciplinary education in the fields of criminal justice and criminology, and forensic science. It combines theory, empirical research, and normative analysis. Through a multidisciplinary curriculum, students are trained in social science methods, research design, and statistics. They are also given grounding in criminological theory, philosophy of law, criminal justice policy and practice, and the psychology of criminal justice.
  • Forensic Science: This program allows students interested to take courses in criminalistics, spectroscopy, toxicology, serology, and genetic marker identification. The concentration draws on a broad range of resources at John Jay College and The Graduate Center.
  • Policy, Oversight and Administration: This concentration focuses on policy analysis, implementation and assessment in criminal justice and related fields. Students are required to complete a master’s degree related to Criminal Justice or Public Administration. Courses focus on the prevention, detection, and investigation of public sector, independent sector, corporate, and commercial corruption, misconduct, organization dysfunction and avoidable injury and loss,  and the application of advanced research methods to the assessment and implementation of policies related to those objectives.

Faculty of the program and concentrations represent a wide range of academic disciplines–anthropology, history, law, political science, public administration, psychology, and sociology. The forensic science specialization is taught by professors of biology, biochemistry and chemistry.

Research Facilities Centers, institutes, and research groups at the Graduate School are varied and provide extraordinary research opportunities. The Graduate School’s Mina Rees Library collection consists of more than 260,000 volumes. There are about 494,000 microforms (microfiche and reels of microfilm), more than 220,000 art slides, numerous scores, and 2,094 sound recordings. The library system of the City University of New York includes the libraries of all the CUNY colleges, which house more than 6 million volumes and 29,000 currently received periodicals in a variety of languages. The central building of the New York Public Library, located just a few blocks from the Graduate Center, provides more than 6 million volumes of information for reference use.

Living and Housing Costs Housing information (both residence and off-campus) is available from the Office of Residence Life (telephone: 212-817-7480).

The School In 1999, the Graduate School was relocated to its current location at 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th Street in Manhattan. Housed in a landmark building, the new campus has been designed to accommodate the particular need of doctoral-level studies and research. Students are able to enjoy the extraordinary cultural diversity of the Center’s Cosmopolitan milieu. Most doctoral programs are located at the Graduate Center, but science and professional programs are offered at the CUNY senior colleges. The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, established in 1961 to integrate graduate work on the doctoral level, represents a consortium of programs and institutions within the City University. The 1,700-member doctoral faculty consists primarily of scholars on the faculties of the senior colleges and the Graduate School and also includes researchers from such specialized New York City institutions as the New York Botanical Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. A thoroughly stimulating and congenial intellectual atmosphere prevails. The Graduate School’s new campus will feature a science center, enhanced library facilities, seminar rooms, an expanded dining commons, state-of-the-art computing facilities, and a cultural/conference complex including an auditorium, a recital hall, a black-box theater, a film screening room, and an art gallery.