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Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Intelligence

This program is pending SACSCOC approval.

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in intelligence at UNG is designed to meet the intelligence and research needs of military, federal, state, and local governmental agencies, private corporations engaged in intelligence fields, and others who are interested in developing greater knowledge about the field of intelligence and research studies.

The objective of this degree is to prepare students for analytic, operational, research, and investigative intelligence positions within the federal government, the military, local law enforcement, and the private sector and to produce well-trained criminologists, researchers, teachers, and criminal justice practitioners

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program at UNG will require the completion of a minimum of 54 credit hours, contingent upon an earned master’s degree. The program will consist of 30 hours of core course, 9 hours of electives, and 15 hours will be dissertation credits. All students will be required to complete and defend a dissertation. In addition, students will be required to complete two teaching practicums.

Application & Supporting Documents Deadline

Fall - April 1

Important Deadline Tips

All application materials are to be received prior to the deadline.

If program capacity is met prior to established admission deadlines, we will stop accepting applications for admission and cancel remaining incomplete applicants.

Completing your application earlier is better.

Criminal Justice (Ph.D.) Program Quick Facts

  • Online program, no campus visit required
  • Program length 54 credit hours (minimum)
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment
  • Cohort begins in fall semester
Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular


  • Graduate degree in area of social science (e.g. criminal justice, sociology, psychology, etc.) from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Score: Applicants must submit official GRE scores as a requirement for admission into the Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. program at UNG does not have a minimum GRE score, nor does the admissions committee use a formula to determine admission eligibility. All aspects of the applicant’s file are taken into consideration for admission decisions. Please note, only test scores less than five years old will be considered.
  • Required Supplemental Documents
    • Three UNG recommendation forms.
    • Statement of Professional and Academic Goals: Two to three pages that include the applicant’s fields of interest and how the Ph.D. program will contribute to the goals.
    • Current professional resume.
    • One Academic Paper/Writing Sample: Single-authored writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing ability. Examples include a chapter from the applicant’s thesis or a paper written for course credit. The paper submitted should not be longer than 35 double-spaced pages.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work at the graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions. Please request a transcript from each institution attended.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to Depending on the transcript service you are using, may not be an available option. You may then select any admissions or undergraduate admissions address. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. 
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position at UNG? 

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Applicants may be granted provisional admission pending a successful admission appeal. See Appeal of Graduate Admission.

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of the first semester.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.


The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program does not permit non-degree students.


The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program does not permit transient students.

All International

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program does not permit F-1 visa student admission.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. A written letter of appeal must include strong evidence to support the basis for your appeal. The appeal should consist of information beyond what was previously submitted in your admissions file and detail your ability to be successful in graduate studies.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Email your letter of appeal as a pdf attachment to

Program Questions?

Dr. Timothy Hayes

Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available in some states. If you are not a Georgia resident, email to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who will require F-1 status to attend UNG may not apply for part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters) and are allowed only one on-line class per term to count towards full-time enrollment.

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