Applications now open for Ph.D. program in Criminology and Justice Administration at Grambling State University

📷: Grambling State University’s entrance sign on campus. Photo courtesy of Division of Strategic Communications and Media Relations at the HBCU Campaign Fund.

GRAMBLING, La.Grambling State University (GSU) has announced that applications are now open for the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Justice Administration, the first doctoral degree program of its kind in the state of Louisiana.

Dr. Tazinski Lee, interim head of the Department of Criminal Justice at Grambling State University, said “the program focuses on the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior while examining the structure of the criminal justice system, its procedures and processes, and how they can work to provide a fair system for all.

Graduates will not only be prepared to work as faculty and researches, but also as human resource managers, program evaluators, legislators, program trainers, analytical scientists, urban and regional planners, policy analysts, criminologists, and mid-and high-level administrators, and managers in agencies involved with the criminal justice system at the local, state, federal and international levels.

“Grambling State University’s Ph.D. program provides excellent opportunities to in-service practitioners at senior levels in agencies to improve and upgrade their knowledge bases, analytical skills, and expertise,” said Dr. Lee. “Specifically, their training, and expertise will be instrumental in the research required to craft groundbreaking public safety policies or consultancy jobs in various organizations.”

The 57-hour program contains 21 hours of core courses, 12 hours of research, 12 hours of electives (specializations); and 12 hours of dissertation. It has two areas of concentration: Minorities and Social Injustice Police, and Justice Policy and Administration.

Focusing on the systematic study of crime as a socio-pathological, the behavior of criminals, and the social institutions that evolved to respond to crime, the program includes instruction in the theory of crime, psychological and social bases of criminal behavior, social value systems and the theory of punishment, criminal law and criminal justice systems, rehabilitation and recidivism, and more.

“The focus of the Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Administration will ensure that students will have the skills, tools, and theoretical context and background needed to be successful practitioners,” Dr. Lee continued.

For more information or to apply, visit

About Grambling State University
Grambling State University is a comprehensive, historically-black, public institution that offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Through its undergraduate major courses of study, which are under girded by a traditional liberal arts program, and through its graduate school, which has a decidedly professional focus, the University embraces its founding principle of educational opportunity. For more information, visit


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