Doctoral Study

The CUNY Criminal Justice Doctoral Program offers a track in Policy, Oversight and Administration. The nexus between the primary criminology and criminal justice degree and the specialization in Policy, Oversight and Administration (POA) is the knowledge of the criminal justice system.

This specialization is targeted towards those interested in administration, oversight, and policy analysis and related areas of criminal justice.

  • Policy analysis involves the analysis of alternative courses of official action to achieve goals. In criminal justice, policy analysis takes place in academic, professional and governmental settings. The techniques of policy analysis increasingly involve research skills taught and applied in doctoral courses and programs.
  • Inspection and oversight, as a field of practice, seeks to foster and promote accountability and integrity in public and private organizations through prevention, examination, investigation, audit, detection, elimination and prosecution of fraud, waste and abuse, and through policy research and analysis, as well as standardization of practices, policies, conduct and ethics.
  • Protection of life and property is a core objective of fields such as security management, fire protection, homeland security, emergency management, and the preventive aspects of law enforcement. This interdisciplinary field combines perspectives and techniques of law, accounting, public administration, criminal justice, criminal and civil investigation, policy analysis, and operations research.

The specialization is designed for students who are completing or who have completed a masters degree in a related field. Up to 29 credits of graduate credit from a related Masters degree can be transferred.

The specialization would appeal to those seeking higher degrees in the field of criminal justice who work in public agencies, the private sector and non-profit agencies and who are interested in the leadership, administration and policy evaluation in the field of criminal justice. This could include public agencies such as police, courts and corrections; research institutions such as RAND, Urban Institute, and VERA; non-profit organizations such as the Women’s Prison Association, Center for Court Innovation, and the Police Executive Research Forum; and federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security.

The following are links to sections of the CUNY Doctoral Program  in Criminal Justice website relating to this track:

For more information, contract the Deputy Executive Officer, Professor Rod Colvin, and