Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

Program Description

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus in an online environment. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various tracks. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice opens opportunity in areas of research, academia, and management to those who are ready to advance as well as to individuals considering a career change.

The program facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice requires successful completion of sixty credit hours that includes core courses, specialty track courses and dissertation.

Individuals with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice can lead to a career in administration (social policy), academia, research, and upper-level jobs as criminal investigators, correctional authorities, consultants or criminologists. As a social science, criminal justice researchers identify patterns of criminal behavior in an attempt to analyze the ability of society to control crime and delinquency. Researchers typically use an interdisciplinary approach to study crime in attempt to determine the cause and prevention of crime. A Ph.D. in Criminal Justice prepares one to examine, analyze and propose solutions to crime and problems in the Criminal Justice system.

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