Law, Criminology and Justice Policy, JD/PhD—Advanced Entry


Anthony Braga, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Amy Farrell, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Gregory Zimmerman, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

204 Churchill Hall
617.373.8723 (fax)

Laurie Mastone, Graduate Program Administrator,

CSSH Graduate Programs General Regulations

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University seeks to prepare students for professional and research careers in criminal justice, criminology, and related fields by applying multidisciplinary and comparative social science to understand, predict, and explain crime and contribute to the development of public policy within urban communities. Using an active-learning approach, the school seeks to develop its students intellectually and ethically, while providing them with a keen appreciation for the complexities of crime and public and private efforts to make communities safer and to ensure justice. The school offers a Graduate Certificate in Global Criminology, a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and a Doctor of Philosophy in criminology and justice policy. In addition, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice has recently joined with the School of Law to develop two new programs: the JD/MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice program, and the JD/PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy program.

The joint JD/PhD program will expand the knowledge base and career options of students. The disciplines of criminology and justice policy and law share common interests in identifying opportunities to create conditions for justice, equality, and societal well-being. The joint degree will provide students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of what influences criminal justice problems and the sociopolitical, legal, and economic context in which they are found. Solving problems requires interdisciplinary knowledge and an analytical and practical skill set that includes interprofessional problem solving.

Advanced Degree Entrance

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Two qualifying examinations—foundations and area
Annual review
PhD candidacy
Dissertation proposal
Dissertation defense

Core Requirement

A cumulative 3.000 GPA is required for the core requirement.

Policy Courses
CRIM 7710Criminology and Public Policy 13
CRIM 7711Criminology and Public Policy 23
Advanced Analysis and Methods Courses
CRIM 7713Advanced Research and Evaluation Methods3
CRIM 7715Multivariate Analysis 13
CRIM 7716Multivariate Analysis 23
Practicum in Writing
CRIM 7706Practicum in Writing and Publishing2


Complete 15 hours from the following:15
Global Criminology
Law and Society
Law and Psychology
Juvenile Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Courts and Sentencing
Crimes Against Humanity
Special Topics in Law and Justice
Punishment and Social Control
International Law and Justice
Transnational Crime
Criminal Justice
Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
Prisoners' Rights Clinic
Federal Courts and the Federal System
Domestic Violence Clinic
Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation
Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse, Neglect
Balancing Liberty and Security Seminar
Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic
Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies
Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law
Trial Practice

Exam and Dissertation

Exam Preparation
Exam Preparation—Doctoral
Complete the following (repeatable) course twice:
Dissertation Continuation
Following completion of two semesters of CRIM 9990, registration in the following class is required in each semester (excluding summers) until the dissertation is completed:
Dissertation Continuation

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required for PhD. Please contact the School of Law for JD requirements.
Minimum 3.000 GPA required for PhD