Doctor of Philosophy in Juvenile Justice

Welcome to PVAMU Doctor of Philosophy in Juvenile Justice Program. To date, the program is the only one of its kind in the world. While the focus is on juvenile justice, students may use their electives to specialize in a subfield or a general area of interest to them (e.g., research and evaluation, corrections). The program is designed as, and intended to be, a full-time, rigorous doctoral program. Therefore, most of the courses will be scheduled during the day. The program requires a total of 61 semester units, 18 of which are dissertation hours.

The Ph.D. programs overall educational goal is to provide doctoral training in Juvenile Justice research. General objectives include the development of new knowledge, juvenile crime prevention and improvement in the Juvenile Justice system, and dissemination of knowledge gained. The specific intention of the program is to produce scholars with three characteristics: First, graduates will have superior empirical skills. Second, they will be specialists in the subject matter of the Juvenile Justice discipline. Third, they will be generalists in the subject matter of Criminal Justice.

The four specific objectives of the Ph.D. program are:

1) To develop competent scholars to explain and communicate empirical findings to other scientists, Juvenile and Criminal Justice students and practitioners, and citizens;

2) To produce juvenile/criminal justicians, skilled in scientific methodology and statistics, who will initiate, conduct, and evaluate Juvenile/Criminal Justice research inquiries;

3) To create scholars well versed in the general body of knowledge of the discipline of Criminal Justice; and

4) To meet the higher education needs of the State of Texas and the nation in this rapidly growing area of social concern namely, increases in the incidence and intensity of juvenile crime.

Our faculty is actively engaged in research and publishes regularly in their areas of expertise. Students are strongly encouraged to join with faculty to learn the research process. Students should consult with the Department Head and/or discuss possible joint efforts with individual faculty members. One of our goals is to present students the opportunity to participate meaningfully in research and generate publications prior to receiving the Ph.D.

The topics below should answer many of your questions on the doctoral program and the various procedures. Should any discussion in this guide conflict with the University Graduate Catalog requirements, the Catalog supersedes this information. However, be aware that the program may be changed or policies may be modified by the Doctoral Committee or the Department Head. In that event, students will have the option of selecting the new program. In cases where the information provided here builds upon, or adds to, the University Graduate Catalog requirements, the information herein represents binding departmental and program policy.

Degree Requirements

Admission Criteria and Procedures

Application Form

Application Instructions – Please read all information carefully before applying to the program.  More specifically, each applicant must complete the Prairie View A&M Graduate School Application (i.e., Apply Texas) and the departmental application.  Please refer to each of the link below to access and review the  Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice application.  If you have any questions about this process or need further assistance, please contact Mrs. Sandy Siegmund (

Please email the Ph.D. in Juvenile Justice application to


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