Doctorate in Criminal Justice

Doctorate in criminal justice programs are offered in many departments including forensic science and forensic psychology, criminal justice, public policy, and other areas. The goal of the online criminal justice PhD is to provide graduates with the theoretical, empirical, and ethical knowledge that is necessary to understand the reasons for crime, and how the criminal justice system works. To complete a PhD degree takes at least four or five years. During this time, students complete required courses, take comprehensive exams, complete an internship if the particular program requires it, and finally write an original dissertation. The program in criminal justice require students to conduct independent research and to analyze empirical data as part of the dissertation research process. In many cases, candidates for the online PhD in criminal justice may be required to have prior work experience in criminology, law enforcement, court administration, or areas in the legal system.  

Criminal Justice Programs

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  • Bachelor’s and master’s programs in Criminal Justice available
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  • Concentrations include Forensics, Homeland Security, and Cybercrime and Security
  • Students study law enforcement operations, corrections, and criminal investigation


  • Doctor of Management - Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Management - Homeland Security (Executive Format)