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. Eric Sevigny or visit the department’s website. More information is also located in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities for graduates 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.

Application Deadline*

Fall Semester
Deadline - January 15

*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Create an account.
  • Start a new application.
    • Select application type: "2018 Graduate Programs"
    • Click "Create an application"
    • Click "Open Application" to begin your application
  • On the "Program Selection" page:
    • Select College: "Andrew Young School of Policy Studies"
    • Select Program: "Criminal Justice and Criminology; Doctor of Philosophy"
Start Your Application and Apply Now 

Application Requirements

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. Statement of Professional and Academic Goals: Two to three page statement that should include the applicant's fields of interest and how the program will contribute to your goals.
  4. Academic Paper/Writing Sample: Single-authored writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing ability. Examples include a chapter from the applicant’s thesis or a paper written for course credit. In general, the paper submitted should not be longer than 35 double-spaced pages.
  5. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at
  6. TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  7. Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  8. Copies of Official Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
    • Official transcripts are not required at this stage of application review.** Do not send paper copies unless instructed to do so.
    • Transcripts should be uploaded to the Academic History section of the online application and must be copies of university transcripts. This can either be an official electronic transcript, or a paper copy that you have scanned and uploaded.
    • Copy of transcript must have one or more of the following features: registrar’s seal, registrar signature, or watermark of the institution.
    • Documents such as self-printed academic histories, web-based academic evaluations, and anything hand-written are not acceptable for review process and should not be uploaded. Doing so will significantly delay the review of your application.
    • Submit one copy of transcript for each post-secondary institution attended, regardless of length of time you attended, your status, whether grades are listed, or where your final degree(s) were received. This would include community colleges, study abroad programs and AP credit. If you received college level credit, a transcript should be submitted for review.
      **Official transcripts will only be required if an applicant is admitted to the program.

If you need assistance with the application process, please contact the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs.

If you want to learn more about our programs, please contact the Office of Academic Assistance for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at

Learn more about our Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology in the GSU Catalog:

Degree Requirements 

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology Forms


For help with your career direction, contact AYSPS Career Services. Attend our frequent workshops or work one-on-one with a career counselor to optimize your job search.

Talk to an Advisor

Office of Academic Assistance
Telephone: 404-413-0021

Writing and Referencing Resources:

All students in the department are expected to compose high quality papers and reference any source material in those papers according to the citation guidelines set forward by the American Psychological Association (APA). The AYS Dean's Office has assembled a webpage located at  to provide students with guidance in this regard. Students are urged to take advantage of these materials.

  • Timothy Brezina
    Juvenile Delinquency, Youth Violence, Criminological Theory
  • Damon Camp
    Law Enforcement Training, Legal Issues
  • Ruiyun (Frances) Chen
    Biosocial Criminology, Developmental Criminology, Psychophysiology, Salivary Bioscience
  • Sue Carter Collins
    Sexual harassment in policing, the constitutionalization of criminal procedure, and women in policing
  • Dean Dabney
    Policing, Organizational Misconduct, Qualitative Methods
  • Leah Daigle
    Victimization, Life-course criminology
  • Robert Friedmann
    Community Policing, Counter-terrorism
  • Joshua Hinkle
    Evidence-based policing, the disorder-crime nexus, fear of crime and experimental methods
  • Scott Jacques
    Crimes against drug dealers
  • Cyntoria Johnson
    Critical race theory, Eyewitness misidentification, and globalizing criminal justice education.
  • Mark Reed
    Impact of Criminal Justice Processes
  • William Sabol
  • Eric Sevigny
    Drug Policy, Sentencing, Measurement
  • Michael Shapiro
    Constitutional Law
  • Volkan Topalli
    Violence in urban settings
  • Barbara Warner
    Role of informal social control of inappropriate behavior in preventing crime and violence
  • Richard Wright
    Urban street criminals

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer graduate assistantships to non-criminal justice majors? Or students outside your degree program (i.e. biology masters student)

The Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology only offers assistantships to criminal justice majors.  However, feel free to check with other departments to see if they have any job openings.  For other departments in the Andrew Young School, here's a link to where jobs are posted:!DA85.5F98.95A1.CA3B!0001!90C1.DE4F!0008!0135.5587

In addition, here's a link to the scholarship webpage where you can look-up and apply to scholarships at GSU:

You should visit GSU's Scholarship Resource Center located in Sparks Hall, Room 251 to see what other scholarships are available to students.  Staff members are on site to help students search and apply for scholarships.  The street address is 30 Gilmer Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Also, you can visit the One Stop Shop in 227 Sparks Hall to discuss other forms of financial aid that you might be eligible for.

What career paths can I take with a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice & Criminology?

Our Ph.D. graduates earn key positions throughout academia and the criminal justice industry. Recent placements include academic posts at Appalachian State University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Applied Research Services, Inc.