2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
    
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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

Degree Requirements


  • 77 total quarter credits
  • Introductory courses (6 cr.)
  • Core courses (36 cr.)
  • Electives (15 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr.)

Specializations (Optional)


General Program (Advanced)


  • 77 total quarter credits
  • Foundation Course (1 cr.)
  • Core Courses (56 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. with a minimum of four terms of 5 credits)
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

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.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


General Program (Non-Advanced)


  • Total credits - 77–92, with optional specialization
  • Foundation (1 cr.)
  • Core Courses (56 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr. with minimum of four terms of 5 credits
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

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.

Dissertation (20 cr.)


Program Data


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