Justice Studies (PhD)

Program Description

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Degree: 
PHD

The doctoral program in justice studies is an interdisciplinary degree program offered through the auspices of Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation. The program integrates philosophical, legal and ethical approaches with social science and humanities perspectives to study five areas of interest:

  • citizenship, migration and human rights
  • globalization, sustainability and economic justice
  • law, policy and social change
  • media, technology and culture
  • social identities and communities

Justice and Social Inquiry is recognized as a leader in the interdisciplinary study of justice and a pioneer in the establishment of a full-fledged program in the field.

The PhD/JD option allows qualified students to earn a Juris Doctor from ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law while simultaneously earning an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in justice studies. Students must apply separately to both programs.

Additional program fee: 
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Second language requirement: 
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Degree Requirements

Program requires the following:

84 credit hours, a written comprehensive exam, a prospectus and a dissertation

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Students in the doctoral program must complete three foundation courses as a part of the course work for the doctoral degree in justice studies. Students must earn a grade of "B" (3.00) or higher in each of the foundation courses:

JUS 620 Justice Research Methodology (3)
JUS 630 Data Analysis for Justice Research (3) or JUS 650 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
JUS 640 Theoretical Perspectives on Justice (3)

Students entering the doctoral program with a master's or JD are required to complete 54 credit hours:

  1. Eighteen credit hours are comprised of any combination of additional elective courses, reading or conference hours, or research hours.
  2. Fifteen credit hours are elective classroom hours; nine credit hours must have a JUS prefix.
  3. Nine credit hours are PhD core courses.
  4. Twelve credit hours are earned as dissertation research.

Students entering the doctoral program without a master's or JD are required to complete 84 credit hours:

  1. Nine credit hours are required doctoral courses.
  2. Twelve credit hours are earned as dissertation research credit.
  3. Twelve credit hours are 500-level foundation courses.
  4. Twenty-four credit hours are elective classroom hours; 15 credit hours must have a JUS prefix.
  5. Twenty-seven credit hours are comprised of any combination of additional elective courses, reading and conference hours or research hours.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must submit the Graduate Education online application and upload additional items. Applicants must upload the following items through the online application process. Please see the program website for application deadlines.

  1. a personal statement (one-and-a-half to two pages, double-spaced) outlining areas of interest, educational and career goals
  2. three letters of reference (academic references are preferred)
  3. a writing sample, 10 to 15 pages (research that best represents the applicant's academic thinking and writing skills)
  4. GRE scores

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both Graduate Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.