Classroom Type: On campus
This program emphasizes scholarship in public administration, public policy, public management, and criminal justice/criminology in preparation for positions in academia and consulting firms, public management and administration, public policy analysis, politics and advocacy, and nonprofits.
Fall: February 1
Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy
Campus: CU Denver
Time required to complete the PhD program
The PhD program requires an intense commitment. Most core courses are offered during the late afternoon or early evenings. On average, students take four to six years to complete all of the requirements for the PhD program.
Students are more likely to be successful in the PhD program when their research interests overlap with members of the faculty. Potential students applying to the program are urged to make an effort to learn about the faculty members at the School of Public Affairs, their academic research interests, their resumes, and their various specializations. Potential students can find out about faculty by taking courses, talking directly with faculty members, and talking with current PhD students. When applying to the PhD program, student candidates should explicitly identify one to three faculty advisors in their statement. Descriptions of faculty research expertise can be found on the Faculty web page of the School of Public Affairs website.
Review CU Denver's Graduate Academic Policies.
A total of 30 hours of course credit and 30 hours of dissertation credit must be completed to earn the PhD degree. Students may complete the degree full time or part time.
Students must complete the courses below:
See which courses are being offered next semester. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.
In addition to the required courses, doctoral students must complete 6 credit hours of graduate-level elective courses relevant to the student's dissertation plans. With approval of the PhD program director, students may apply graded graduate-level credit taken at other universities toward their elective courses.
All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.
Comprehensive Exam, Dissertation Proposal and Dissertation
PhD students must take and pass the comprehensive exam immediately following the completion of their core courses. Admission to candidacy (advanced to candidacy) occurs after completing in a satisfactory manner all of their coursework, passing the comprehensive examination unconditionally, and achieving a grade point average of 3.33 in doctoral coursework. Soon after they have advanced to candidacy, students must defend a dissertation proposal. Upon completing their research, students must defend their dissertation.
Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Deserai Crow, Director of the PhD program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended Completion Time:4 - 6 Years
Max Transfer Credits:3
Max Credits Per Year:In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean.
Required Credits for Completion:60 Credits
Students will have extensive background knowledge and analytical skills in areas related to public administration, public policy, public management, and criminal justice and criminology. This includes the following:
Associate Professor; Associate Program Director, Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs