Ph.D. students are required to take seven "core" courses, six in the first two years. The course requirements are defined by subject matter. A given requirement may sometimes be fulfilled by any one of several offered courses. Students are encouraged to finish the core courses rapidly so that they can proceed quickly to their more specialized training and research.
First or Second Year:
- Criminology Theory --- a survey course covering relevant theory up to the present (two semesters)
- Criminology and Public Policy --- applications of criminology to policy matters (two semesters)
- Applied Statistics --- a mix of statistical theory and applications in which data analysis skills are acquired (two semesters)
Second or Third Year:
- Dissertation Seminar --- students are asked to consider and present initial work on their dissertations (one semester).