UT Dallas 2013 Graduate Catalog

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Graduate Programs in Criminology

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology

75 semester credit hours minimum beyond the baccalaureate degree

Program Faculty

Professors: Bruce A. Jacobs, James W. Marquart, Alex R. Piquero, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Robert W. Taylor, John L. Worrall

Clinical Professor: Elmer Polk

Associate Professors: Denise Paquette Boots, Tomislav Kovandzic, Robert G. Morris II, Lynne M. Vieraitis

Assistant Professors: James C. Barnes, Nadine Connell

Clinical Assistant Professor: Timothy M. Bray

Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas is threefold in nature, in order to:

  • Deliver high-quality education to a diverse body of graduate students regarding the etiology, control, and variation of lawbreaking across space and time.
  • Serve local, regional, and national communities through professional development programs, public policy analyses, evaluation research, program and policy design, and a forum for new approaches to the study of crime.
  • Advance the understanding of criminology through a multidisciplinary mix of theoretical and applied research.
  • Objectives

    The doctoral program in Criminology is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree offered in conjunction with other graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT Dallas. The objective of the PhD 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, varying with individual interests and areas of specialty. Graduates of the PhD program will be qualified to teach at the university level as professors. Graduates will also be competent to enter into analytic and administrative posts within the vast array of research and policy institutions, criminal justice organizations, and in the private sector.

    Facilities

    Students have access to the computing facilities in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) in two computing laboratories which equipped with major social science software packages, including EViews, R, RATS, PASW, Stata, LexisNexis database, and Westlaw for student use. The University's Computer Labs provide personal computers and UNIX Workstations. Data and reference materials are also available online via the library and UT Dallas's memberships in numerous organizations.

    Graduate Assistantships

    Criminology Program Funding is limited primarily to doctoral students, with limited opportunities others. Students should note their desire to be considered for graduate student funding as a teaching or research assistant in their letter of intent to the program at the time of application. For more specific information, please see our Criminology Graduate Program Handbook located on our website at epps.utdallas.edu/crim.

    Application and Admission Requirements

    The PhD Program in Criminology seeks applicants from a baccalaureate or Masters in Criminology, Sociology, or a relevant discipline. A 3.2 GPA and a GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 are desirable, but students may be admitted at the program's discretion. All transcripts must be submitted, along with three letters of recommendation (preferably academic) and a one-page essay describing their background, education, and professional objectives. For more information please see our Graduate Handbook on our website.

    Degree Requirements

    On admission to the PhD in Criminology Program, a student must complete a 75 semester credit hours across three tiers of graduate coursework. Additionally, students must fulfill other requirements including comprehensive exams, and two writing requirements as follows:

  • Coursework: 75 semester credit hours of graduate study (minus transferred or masters semester credit hours)
  • Analytical Paper Writing Requirement
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Doctoral Dissertation
  • A grade of "B-" or worse in any graduate class requires that the class be retaken with only one retake allowed per course. If the retake results in a final grade of "B-" or worse, the student will be dropped from the program. In addition, all students must meet the University's minimum required GPA of 3.0 or higher. See our Criminology Graduate Program Handbook located on our website for more specific requirements.

    Course Requirements

    Coursework Tiers and Semester Credit Hours

    Tier I

    Required Criminology Core Classes (15 semester credit hours)
    Electives: 15 semester credit hours (9 semester credit hours in Criminology and 6 graduate semester credit hours taken in any other subject)
    Writing Requirement for Analytical Paper (6 semester credit hours)

    Tier II

    Required Criminology Core Classes (12 semester credit hours)
    Required Additional EPPS Methods/Statistics Classes (6 semester credit hours)
    Criminology Electives: 6 semester credit hours
    Open Electives (in Criminology or any other program/college) (6 semester credit hours)

    Tier III

    Dissertation/Three-Paper Option Research (minimum of 9 semester credit hours)

    Total Program Semester credit hours: 75 total semester credit hours minimum beyond BA/BS

    27 semester credit hours Core Criminology Courses
    6 semester credit hours analytical writing
    6 semester credit hours Additional EPPS Methods/Statistics classes
    12 semester credit hours Open Electives (any program/college)
    9 semester credit hours Dissertation
    75 semester credit hours total

    Major Core Courses

    EPPS 6310 Research Design I
    CRIM 6300 Proseminar in Criminology
    CRIM 6303 Etiology of Crime and Criminality
    CRIM 6307 Extent of Crime and Measurement
    CRIM 6311 Crime and Justice Policy
    EPPS 6313 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
    or EPPS 7313 Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
    EPPS 6316 Applied Regression
    or EPPS 7316 Regression and Multivariate Analysis
    CRIM 7300 Advances in Criminology Theory
    CRIM 7301 Seminar in Criminology Research and Analysis
    CRIM 6V98 Analytical Writing Research (6 semester credit hours)
    or CRIM 6V96 Master Thesis Research (6 semester credit hours)
    CRIM 8V99 Dissertation (18 semester credit hours)

    Criminology Electives

    CRIM 6308 Victimology
    CRIM 6309 Communities and Crime
    CRIM 6310 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
    CRIM 6313 Corrections
    CRIM 6314 Policing
    CRIM 6315 Violent Crime
    CRIM 6317 Courts
    CRIM 6323 Violence and Gun Control
    CRIM 6324 Correlates of Crime and Justice
    CRIM 6348 Drugs and Crime
    CRIM 7342 Qualitative Criminology
    CRIM 7351 Advanced Criminological Theory Seminar
    CRIM 7381 Special Topics in Criminology
    CRIM 8V01 Independent Study

    Sample of Additional Methods/Stats Classes

    EPPS 6342 Research Design II
    EPPS 6346 Qualitative Research Methods
    EPPS 6352 Evaluation Research Methods in the Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
    EPPS 7318 Structural Equation and Multilevel (Hierarchical) Modeling
    EPPS 7344 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables
    EPPS 7368 Spatial Epidemiology
    EPPS 7370 Time Series Analysis
    EPPS 7386 Survey Research
    EPPS 7390 Bayesian Analysis for Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Master of Science in Criminology

    36 semester credit hours minimum

    Program Faculty

    Professors: Bruce A. Jacobs, James W. Marquart, Alex R. Piquero, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Robert W. Taylor, John L. Worrall

    Clinical Professor: Elmer Polk

    Associate Professors: Denise Paquette Boots, Tomislav Kovandzic, Robert G. Morris II, Lynne M. Vieraitis

    Assistant Professors: James C. Barnes, Nadine Connell

    Clinical Assistant Professor: Timothy M. Bray

    Mission

    The mission of the Master of Science in Criminology program at the University of Texas at Dallas is threefold, to:

  • Deliver high-quality education to a diverse body of students regarding the etiology, control, and variation of law-breaking across space and time.
  • Serve local, regional, and national communities through professional development programs, public policy analyses and evaluation research, program and policy design, and as a forum for new ideas and approaches to the study of crime.
  • Advance the understanding of criminology through a multidisciplinary mix of theoretical and applied research, as well as to provide a forum for new ideas and approaches to the study of crime.
  • Objectives

    The Master of Science in Criminology provides students with a coherent yet intellectually challenging degree that prepares them to conduct interdisciplinary research among the many aspects of criminology and criminal justice, varying with individual interests and areas of specialty. Graduates of the MS program will be competent to teach at the community college and at the university level as adjunct lecturers. Graduates will also be ready to enter into analytic and administrative posts within a vast array of research and policy institutions, criminal justice organizations, and in the private sector.

    Facilities

    Students have access to the computing facilities in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the University's Computer Labs. The School has two computing laboratories which have over 30 computers that are network linked and equipped with major social science software packages, including EViews, R, RATS, SPSS and Stata. A computerized geographic information system, the LexisNexis database, and Westlaw are also available for student use. The University's Computer Labs provide personal computers and UNIX workstations. Many important data and reference materials are also available online via the library's and School's memberships in numerous organizations.

    Application and Admission Requirements

    The Master of Science in Criminology seeks applicants from a baccalaureate in Criminology, Sociology, or a relevant discipline. A 3.2 GPA and a combined GRE verbal and quantitative score of 300 are desirable, but students may be admitted at the program's discretion. All transcripts must be submitted, along with three letters of recommendation (preferably academic) and a one-page essay describing their background, education, and professional objectives. For more information please see our Graduate Handbook on our website.

    Prerequisites

    For the Master of Science in Criminology, students with an undergraduate degree in Criminology or a related field will have the necessary academic foundation to begin their graduate coursework (See the Graduate Program Handbook which is posted on the EPPS website for more information on Prerequisites and Transfer Policies at epps.utdallas.edu/crim).

    Program of Studies Policy

    Each student admitted to a graduate program will have a specific program of studies agreed upon in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee or graduate advisor for Criminology per the degree plan for the program. A complete Program of Studies Form will be filled in and approved prior to the student's registration for his/her 19th semester credit hour to be counted toward a master's degree.

    Analytical Paper Writing Requirement (MS in Criminology)

    All Doctoral track students must complete a writing requirement while enrolled in the MS Program. Students must take a minimum of six semester credit hours of CRIM 6V98, complete an analytical research paper and present their findings in a colloquium setting to be eligible for graduation with the MS.

    Non-Writing Requirement for the MS in Criminology

    MS students on a terminal track who do not wish to be considered for admission into a doctoral program have the option of taking 6 semester credit hours of any graduate classes as electives in lieu of the writing requirement.

    Required Courses: 15 semester credit hours

    CRIM 6300 Proseminar in Criminology
    CRIM 6303 Etiology of Crime and Criminality
    CRIM 6311 Crime and Justice Policy
    EPPS 6310 Research Design I
    EPPS 6313 Introduction to Quantitative Methods

    Elective Courses: 21 semester credit hours

    9 semester credit hours in Elective Criminology graduate courses
    and 6 semester credit hours in any program or school outside Criminology
    and 6 semester credit hours of CRIM 6V98 Analytical Writing Research (for PhD track students)
    or 6 semester credit hours of graduate-level course electives (for students wishing to terminate at MS)

    Master of Science in Criminology (Online)

    36 semester credit hours minimum

    Program Faculty

    Professors: Bruce A. Jacobs, Alex R. Piquero, Nicole Leeper Piquero, James W. Marquart, Robert W. Taylor, John L. Worrall

    Clinical Professor: Elmer Polk

    Associate Professors: Denise Paquette Boots, Tomislav Kovandzic, Robert G. Morris II, Lynne M. Vieraitis

    Assistant Professors: James C. Barnes, Nadine Connell

    Clinical Assistant Professor: Timothy M. Bray

    Mission

    The mission of the Master of Science in Criminology program at the University of Texas at Dallas is threefold, to:

  • Deliver high-quality education to a diverse body of students regarding the etiology, control, and variation of law-breaking across space and time.
  • Serve local, regional, and national communities through professional development programs, public policy analyses and evaluation research, program and policy design, and as a forum for new ideas and approaches to the study of crime.
  • Advance the understanding of criminology through a multidisciplinary mix of theoretical and applied research, as well as to provide a forum for new ideas and approaches to the study of crime.
  • Objectives

    The Master of Science in Criminology (MS) provides students with a coherent yet intellectually challenging degree that prepares them to conduct interdisciplinary research among the many aspects of criminology and criminal justice, varying with individual interests and areas of specialty.

    The fully online MS in Criminology offers students the convenience of completing coursework on their own schedules.

    Facilities

    Students have access to the computing facilities in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the University's Computer Labs. The School has two computing laboratories which have over 30 computers that are network linked and equipped with major social science software packages, including EViews, R, RATS, SPSS and Stata. A computerized geographic information system, the LexisNexis database, and Westlaw are also available for student use. The University's Computer Labs provide personal computers and UNIX workstations. Many important data and reference materials are also available online via the library's and School's memberships in numerous organizations.

    Prerequisites

    For the Master of Science in Criminology, students with an undergraduate degree in Criminology or a related field will have the necessary academic foundation to begin their graduate coursework (See the Graduate Program Handbook which is posted on the EPPS website for more information on Prerequisites and Transfer Policies at epps.utdallas.edu/crim).

    Program of Studies Policy

    Each student admitted to a graduate program will have a specific program of studies agreed upon in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee or graduate advisor for Criminology per the degree plan for the program. A complete Program of Studies Form will be filed in and approved prior to the student's registration for his/her 19th semester credit hour to be counted toward a master's degree.

    Non-Writing Requirement for the MS in Criminology

    MS students on a terminal track who do not wish to be considered for admission into a doctoral program have the option of taking 6 semester credit hours of any graduate classes as electives in lieu of the writing requirement.

    Required Courses: 15 semester credit hours

    CRIM 6300: Proseminar in Criminology
    CRIM 6303: Etiology of Crime and Criminality
    CRIM 6311: Crime and Justice Policy
    EPPS 6310: Research Design I
    EPPS 6313: Introduction to Quantitative Methods

    Elective Courses: 15 semester credit hours

    15 semester credit hours in Elective Criminology graduate courses, including up to 6 semester credit hours in any program or school outside Criminology
    and 6 semester credit hours of graduate electives (online, in any program or school)
    or 6 semester credit hours of CRIM 8V01 (for independent study project-directed by a faculty member)

    Executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership

    33 semester credit hours minimum

    Program Faculty

    Professors: Bruce A. Jacobs, James W. Marquart, Alex R. Piquero, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Robert W. Taylor, John L. Worrall

    Clinical Professor: Elmer Polk

    Associate Professors: Denise Paquette Boots, Tomislav Kovandzic, Robert G. Morris II, Sheryl L. Skaggs, Lynne M. Vieraitis

    Assistant Professors: James C. Barnes, Nadine Connell

    Clinical Assistant Professor: Timothy M. Bray

    Mission

    The mission of the Executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership program at the University of Texas at Dallas is to:

  • Deliver high-quality education to working professionals who in turn will examine the role of leadership within justice agencies and organizations.
  • Prepare students to evaluate and apply relevant research findings on leadership and administration to lead, influence, and manage others in an increasingly diverse workforce and work environment.
  • Advance the understanding of the consequences of change within justice organizations, and lead and manage personnel in periods of organizational change.
  • Prepare students to apply relevant techniques of leadership, management, conflict resolution, and negotiation when confronted with change and subsequent conflict in justice and related organizations.
  • Objectives

    The Executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership (MS-JAL) is housed in the Department of Criminology and provides students with a coherent and intellectually challenging degree that prepares a new generation of leaders to manage and administer justice and other social service organizations. The program will deliver an innovative and integrated curriculum that connects such key components of leadership and administration in the justice setting as policy implementation and analysis, organizational behavior and change, planning and decision-making, and legal issues and conflict resolution to prepare students for supervisory and executive positions.

    Facilities

    Students have access to the computing facilities in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), the University's Computer Labs, and computing facilities in the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM). EPPS has two computing laboratories which have over 30 computers that are network linked and equipped with major social science software packages, including EViews, R, RATS, SPSS and Stata. A computerized geographic information system, the LexisNexis database, and Westlaw are also available for student use. The University's Computer Labs provide personal computers and UNIX workstations. Many important data and reference materials are also available online via the library's and School's memberships in numerous organizations.

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate teaching and research assistantships will not be available.

    Admissions Requirement

    The University's general admission requirements are discussed on the Graduate Admission page (catalog.utdallas.edu/2013/graduate/admission).

    The Executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership (MS-JAL) seeks applications from students with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college. Although applications will be reviewed holistically, in general, entering students have earned a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). Students should also submit an on-line application, all transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a one-to-two page essay outlining the applicant's background, education, and professional objectives. Applications are reviewed by the MS-JAL Program Director and appropriate faculty in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.

    Prerequisites

    For the Executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership, students with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Public Administration, and general business will have the necessary foundation for the master's degree. Students who lack this foundation should complete the following undergraduate courses at UT Dallas or their equivalents at another institution: CRIM 3302 Advanced Criminology, CRIM 3303 Advanced Criminal Justice, and CRIM 3304 Research Methods in Crime and Justice Studies. Prospective students with concerns about their preparation for the program are encouraged to consult with the program director.

    Degree Requirements

    The University's general degree requirements are discussed on the Graduate Policies and Procedures page (catalog.utdallas.edu/2013/graduate/policies/policy).

    Students seeking an Executive Master of Science in Justice Administration and Leadership degree must complete 33 semester credit hours of coursework in the program. The Core curriculum includes 15 semester credit hours in criminal justice policy and criminology, 9 semester credit hours in public administration and practice courses, 6 semester credit hours in legal aspects of administration and dispute resolution, and 3 semester credit hours of independent research acting as a capstone project to satisfy a writing requirement. Students must achieve at least an overall grade point average of 3.0 to graduate.

    Core Courses: 33 semester credit hours

    Criminology (15 semester credit hours)

    CRIM 6311 Crime and Justice Policy
    CRIM 6390 Administration of Justice Agencies
    CRIM 6395 Contemporary Issues in Justice Administration
    CRIM 6399 Capstone in Justice Administration
    CRIM 6xxx Elective

    Public Administration (9 semester credit hours)

    PA 6316 Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Management
    PA 6345 Human Resource Management
    PA 6351 Introduction to Homeland Security

    Legal Aspects and Dispute Resolutions (6 semester credit hours)

    CRIM 6312 Legal Aspects of Justice Administration
    OB 6332 Negotiation and Dispute Resolutions

    Capstone Course Requirement: 3 semester credit hours

    PA 6399 Capstone in Public Affairs (this course will involve research problem specification, literature review, research design, analysis and presentation)
    Other courses may substitute for those listed with the approval of the Associate Dean for Graduate Education or the Executive MS-JAL Director.
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