Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice

The Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs at FIU offers a Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice. The Green School is a full member of the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), making it the only university in Florida and one of just 40 universities globally to hold this distinction, along with Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and the University of Toronto. Membership in APSIA is comprised of the foremost graduate schools of international affairs, whose stated aim is to enhance global affairs education and promote international understanding. FIU's Ph.D. program in International Crime and Justice is the first of its kind and the first APSIA-affiliated doctoral program in criminology and criminal justice. 

Graduate Program Director - Dr. Rosa Chang
Senior Progam Coordinator - Demi Moro,

  • Applying for the Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice

    To be considered for the program, applicants must fulfill all of the below requirements. Admission to the ICJ Ph.D. program is a competitive process with limited available spaces. Therefore, not all the applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be admitted to the program.

    Minimum Requirements:

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
    2. GPA of 3.2 or higher in upper-division coursework or a 3.2 or higher for all master's degree coursework.
    3. Grade of “B” or better in an undergraduate or graduate research methods course.
    4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores for all sections of the exam must be completed and reported (Waived for Fall 2023).
    5. International applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate the English language through one of the following:
      • 80 on the iBT TOEFL (equivalent to 550 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language).
      • 6.5 overall on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
      • 53 Pearson Test of English - Academic.
      • Cambridge English – Advanced.
      • Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.

    Required Documents:

    1. Online graduate application, including the non-refundable fee. Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters.
    2. Official university/college transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Applicants who graduated from FIU do not need to request FIU transcripts. Information on submitting transcripts.
    3. Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers familiar with your academic and professional qualifications. Submit through the online graduate application portal.
    4. 300- to 500-word statement of purpose describing your interests in pursuing an advanced degree in international crime and justice, including any specific research interests, as well as your ultimate career goals. Submit through the online graduate application portal.
      • If interested in a graduate assistantship, indicate your interest in the statement.
    5. Completed research paper or thesis that demonstrates writing skills. Submit through the online graduate application portal.
  • Degree Requirements

    Required Core Courses (30 credits)

    • CCJ 6025 Criminological Theory
    • CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • CCJ 6706 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
    • CCJ 6741 Advanced Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
    • CCJ 6079 Geospatial Crime Analysis
    • CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis (Pre-requisite: 15 credits of criminal justice graduate courses)
    • CCJ 6040 Comparative Crime and Criminal Justice Systems
    • CCJ 6675 Applied Research in Human Rights
    • CCJ 6676 Transnational Crime and National Security
    • CCJ 6926 Teaching Methods & Strategies

    Research Tools Requirement (9 credits)

    Classes that may satisfy the research tools requirement include quantitative analysis, legal research, grant writing, qualitative research methods, program evaluation, and performance measures, survey research and design, and secondary analysis. This listing is not intended to be exhaustive. Approval of the research tools by the graduate director is required.

    International Crime and Justice Electives (9 credits)

    Students must complete a minimum of nine credits from the following list:

    • CCJ 6047 International Criminal Justice
    • CCJ 6620 Immigration and Crime
    • CCJ 6696 Human Trafficking
    • CJE 6025 Comparative Policing
    • DSC 6020 Terrorism and Homeland Security

    Other course approved by the graduate director.

    General Electives (9 credits)

    Students may complete nine credits of general electives outside the department as approved by the graduate director.

    Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation (18 credits). These two milestones can take 2+ years to complete.

    Dissertation requirements and student forms are available online.

    • CCJ 7960 Comprehensive Exam (3)
    • CCJ 7980 Ph.D. Dissertation (15)

    The dissertation shall be written in a form that is mechanically sound and grammatically correct. The following are recommendations made by the Department:

    1. Grammarly. An online program to assist students with grammar.
    2. Scribbr. An online service provider for proofreading and editing.
  • Graduation Requirements

    The Ph.D. in International Crime and Justice requires a minimum of 75 credits hours of graduate course work beyond the bachelor’s degree, including a comprehensive exam and dissertation based on the student’s original research. A maximum of 27 credits is transferable from a completed master’s degree program with the approval of the graduate director. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned in academic courses that are part of the doctoral program (excludes comprehensive exam and dissertation credits). Doctoral programs normally include courses at the 6000 level and above. Courses at the 5000 level may be included in a doctoral degree program in appropriate cases. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for graduation. All program requirements, including the dissertation, must be approved by the University Graduate School.

    Award of M.S. en route to Ph.D.: Students directly admitted into the Ph.D. program may apply to be awarded the M.S. degree in Criminal Justice. To be eligible students must have completed all degree requirements of the M.S. in Criminal Justice and have an approved Dissertation Candidacy form on file.

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