ua little rock criminal justice

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

UA Little Rock is proud to offer the only Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in Arkansas. The primary goal of our program is to develop scholars in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Our graduates will be prepared to assume the role of professors at universities or as researchers in criminal justice agencies and other institutions. The scholarship requires a commitment to understanding research methodologies and statistical applications relative to exploring and understanding criminal justice-related issues. The program focuses on developing high-quality research and teaching skills while fostering independent thinkers and professionals who have a strong commitment to service.

Program Opportunities

  • Quantitative and qualitative methodologies, mixed methods, and policy/program evaluation
  • Expertise in criminological theory, criminal justice operations, victimology, corrections, policing, juvenile justice/delinquency, policy, and social contexts
  • Teach classes as an instructor on record after being trained on best practices in teaching
  • Publish research articles and present at conferences with faculty
  • Work with CJ agency partners on grants and evaluations

Why UA Little Rock?

  • Small cohorts that allow for personalized learning – one on one mentoring opportunities
  • Competitive GA packages including full tuition, 9 month stipend, and funding opportunities for conference travel
  • Students work on several grants with state and local agencies to develop their skills and broaden their networks

Learn more about our Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program below.  For specific questions about the program, contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Richard Lewis at