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2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017)

PhD in Criminal Justice


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The PhD in Criminal Justice program helps prepare students with the skills needed to pursue a range of criminal justice-related roles including leadership and education. Spanning topics such as homeland security, human services, and the role of technology in law enforcement, the curriculum examines contemporary criminal justice theory and practice while outlining some of the national and global issues facing the field today. Students can choose from six optional specializations to create a program of study that is tailored to their professional objectives.

Learning Outcomes


Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the root causes of crime and its impact on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures.
  2. Evaluate management philosophies in managing human resources in criminal justice organizations.
  3. Synthesize theory and research on the historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice.
  4. Apply data analysis techniques and research design methods to scholarly research in criminal justice.
  5. Evaluate the role of criminal justice in advancing social justice and positive social change.

Program Types


General (Track I) – Track I is a program of study for students who have a master’s degree in criminal justice or a related field.

General (Track II) – Track II is a program of study for students who have a master’s degree in a discipline unrelated to the criminal justice field.

Specializations


General Program (Track I)


Degree Requirements


  • 83 total quarter credits
  • Introductory Courses (8 cr.)
  • Core Courses (40 cr.)
  • Electives/Specializations (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. with a minimum of four terms of 5 cr.)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Curriculum


Electives/Specializations (15 cr.)


Select any three 5-credit-hour graduate courses from the PhD in Criminal Justice specialization courses.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


Course Sequence


Quarter

Course

Credits

 1

CRJS 8002 - Foundations of Doctoral Study  

3 cr.

CRJS 8350 - History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice  

5 cr.

 2

CRJS 8351 - Policy and Analysis in Criminal Justice Systems  

5 cr.

CRJS 8352 - Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice in Criminal Justice Administration  

5 cr.

 3

Elective 1*

5 cr.

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

 4

Elective 2*

5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

 5

Elective 3*

5 cr.

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

 6

CRJS 8381 - Program Evaluation  

5 cr.

CRJS 8115 - Writing A Quality Prospectus  

5 cr.

 7+

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.

CRJS 9000 - Dissertation  

20 cr.

* Students select any 5-credit-hour graduate course from the PhD in Criminal Justice specialization courses.

General Program (Track II)


Degree Requirements


  • 83–98 total credits (optional 15 cr. of specialization courses)
  • Introductory Courses (8 cr.)
  • Core Courses (55 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. with minimum of four terms of 5 cr.)
  • Four residencies

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Curriculum


Residency Requirements


  • Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.
  • Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.
  • Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.
  • Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:
    • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
    • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
    • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
  • Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


Course Sequence


Quarter

Course

Credits

 1

CRJS 8002 - Foundations of Doctoral Study  

3 cr.

CRJS 8350 - History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice  

5 cr.

  Complete Residency 1 face-to-face as soon as you begin your program; should be completed within 90 days of completing your Foundations course.  

 2

CRJS 8351 - Policy and Analysis in Criminal Justice Systems  

5 cr.

CRJS 8352 - Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice in Criminal Justice Administration  

5 cr.

 3

CRJS 8137 - The Nature of Crime and Criminology   

5 cr.

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

 4

CRJS 8215 - Controversies in Criminal Justice   

5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

  Complete Residency 2 as face-to-face or virtual within 18 months of your start date or linked to your registration for or completion of your first research course.  

 5

CRJS 8217 - Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime   

5 cr.

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

  Complete Residency 3 face-to-face by the end of your third year.  

 6

CRJS 8381 - Program Evaluation  

5 cr.

CRJS 8115 - Writing A Quality Prospectus  

5 cr.

 

Complete Residency 4 during your third year or beyond as:

  • a face-to-face or virtual residency (RESI 8404) OR
  • an approved professional conference (RESI 8900 based on program availability) OR
  • a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during your 9000 course. Contact Academic Advising to register.
 

 
 
7+

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis  

OR

RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis  

5 cr.

CRJS 9000 - Dissertation  

20 cr.

  Optional: Complete a PhD Dissertation Intensive retreat (DRWI 8500) face-to-face during your dissertation. Contact Academic Advising to register.  

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.

Program Data


Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Find detailed information for the PhD in Criminal Justice program relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a master’s degree in criminal justice or related field or (2) hold a master’s degree in a discipline unrelated to criminal justice.

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