Justice Studies, PhD


Take a unique approach to the study of justice in this doctoral program based on the knowledge that no one solution works for all. Examine the intersecting forms of injustice, engage multiple visions of justice, and upon graduation be ready to transform communities by empowering those silenced by inequality.


Program Description

Degree Awarded: PHD Justice Studies

The PhD in justice studies at the nation's first School of Social Transformation invites all qualified applicants.

The diverse community of scholars unites students and faculty across academic boundaries to strategically create social change that is democratic, inclusive and just. The interdisciplinary doctoral program in justice studies prepares future scholars and change agents to address complex social problems and become tomorrow's leaders.



Curriculum

The Justice Studies PhD program consists of 84 credit hours for students entering the program who have not earned a master's or JD degree. 


Courses and electives

Students take core required courses in Justice Studies. But, in addition to the culminating experience, the bulk of the program consists of electives, providing the flexibility to build a program that suits your research interests and professional goals.

For the other requirement course, students may take JUS 630, JUS 650, SST 691 or other methods course at ASU approved by the program’s graduate coordinator.

Students entering the doctoral program with an applicable master's or JD degree may complete a minimum of 54 credit hours for the program. In addition to the requirements listed above, coursework will include 15 credit hours of elective classroom hours (nine of which must have a JUS prefix) and 18 credit hours comprised of any combination of additional elective courses, reading and conference or research.

Students entering the doctoral program without an applicable master's or JD degree are required to complete 84 credit hours. In addition to the requirements listed above, the coursework will include 12 credit hours of 500-level foundation courses, 24 credit hours of elective classroom hours (15 of which must have a JUS prefix) and 27 credit hours comprised of any combination of additional electives courses, reading and conference or research.



At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No




Degree Requirements

Required Core (6 credit hours)
JUS 620 Justice Research Methodology (3)
JUS 640 Theoretical Perspectives on Justice (3)

Other Requirement (3 credit hours)
JUS 630 Data Analysis for Justice Research (3) or
JUS 650 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (3) or
SST 691 Topic: Qualitative Methods for Qualitative Researchers (3)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
JUS 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
For the other requirement course, students may take JUS 630, JUS 650, SST 691 or other methods course at ASU approved by the JSI graduate director.

Students entering the doctoral program with a master's or JD degree may complete a minimum of 54 credit hours for the program. In addition to the requirements listed above, coursework will include 15 credit hours of elective classroom hours (nine of which must have a JUS prefix) and 18 credit hours comprised of any combination of additional elective courses, reading and conference or research.

Students entering the doctoral program without a master's or Juris Doctor degree are required to complete 84 credit hours. In addition to the requirements listed above, the coursework will include 12 credit hours of 500-level foundation courses, 24 credit hours of elective classroom hours (15 of which must have a JUS prefix) and 27 credit hours comprised of any combination of additional electives courses, reading and conference or research.




Admission Requirements

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

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. writing sample
  5. three letters of recommendation (academic references are preferred)
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The personal statement should be one-and-a-half to two pages, double-spaced, outlining areas of interest, educational and career goals, and the writing sample should be 10 to 15 pages and should discuss the research that best represents the applicant's academic thinking and writing skills.

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 a transdisciplinary doctoral degree in justice studies. Students must apply separately to both programs. Applicants should contact the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law for their requirements.



Required Core (6 credit hours)

JUS 620 Justice Research Methodology (3)
JUS 640 Theoretical Perspectives on Justice (3)

Other Requirement (3 credit hours)

JUS 630 Data Analysis for Justice Research (3) or
JUS 650 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (3) or
SST 691 Topic: Qualitative Methods for Qualitative Researchers (3)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)

JUS 799 Dissertation (12)

Electives - with master's or JD (33 credit hours)

15 credit hours of elective classroom hours (nine of which must have a JUS prefix)

18 credit hours comprised of any combination of additional elective courses, reading and conference or research.

Electives - without master's or JD (51 credit hours)

15 credit hours must have a JUS prefix.

27 credit hours comprised of any combination of additional electives courses, reading and conference or research.

Electives are chosen in consultation with student’s assigned faculty mentor and the program’s graduate coordinator.

Foundational Courses - without master's or JD (12 credit hours)

12 credit hours of 500-level foundation courses.

Financial Support

Each year we admit the number of doctoral students who can be fully-funded with graduate fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. These awards cover your tuition, health insurance, and also carry a stipend. Continuation of fellowships and assistantships are contingent upon funding, satisfactory progress toward the degree, and satisfactory performance in research and teaching assistantships.

As doctoral candidates near the final stages of their program, they can apply for competitive Dissertation Completion Fellowships from ASU's Graduate Education. These fellowships allow students to focus entirely on the dissertation.

If your ultimate goal is a professorial career, you will be encouraged to participate in ASU’s outstanding Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program after your first year of doctoral study.

In support of off-­site research and participation in professional conferences and meetings, ASU’s Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) offers competitive research grants and travel funding. www.asu.edu/gpsa/funding

Testimonial

I like that Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program and that our students are able and encouraged to take courses in other departments. During my first years in the program, I took courses in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. I really appreciate this openness in the department. It allowed me to be versed in Justice Studies as well as familiarize myself with other fields that my work engages as part of my core training.
 

Onyekachi Ekeogu
Justice Studies PhD Student  

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