The coursework and research of the Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice emphasizes criminological theory, criminal justice system operations, research and policy.
The program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training that educates and prepares highly competent criminology and criminal justice faculty members, agency researchers and administrators.
A Notable Faculty
Learn from some of the nation’s leading criminology and criminal justice researchers and instructors.
Conduct research that is vital to designing effective policy interventions and criminal justice system practices.
Enhance your knowledge through internships with local criminal justice-related agencies or organizations.
Keep your focus on your studies and research with financial support from graduate assistantships.
What You’ll Study
Faculty interests span many crime- and criminal justice-related topics, including policing, courts, corrections, law and policy, criminological theory, sentencing, victimization and program evaluation. Graduates are trained for academia or criminal justice system roles where they can teach, research or influence policy and practice.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential
Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Research Organizations
- Social Science Research Institute
- U.S. Department of Justice
Employers of Alumni
- University of South Carolina
- Notre Dame of Maryland University
- University of Nevada-Las Vegas
- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth