2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
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2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Justice Administration–PhD in Criminal Justice

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Students pursuing this specialization have the opportunity to study the risk factors associated with criminal behavior as well as how history has shaped the modern criminal justice system. Through their coursework, students cover the latest approaches to managing crises, current trends in criminal justice, and emerging solutions to contemporary crime.

Note: This specialization is not available to students in the Track II General Program.

Degree Requirements

  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Introductory Courses (8 cr.)
  • Core Courses (40 cr.)
  • Specialization Courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Course Sequence





CRJS 8002 - Foundations of Doctoral Study 

3 cr.

CRJS 8350 - History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 

5 cr.


CRJS 8351 - Policy and Analysis in Criminal Justice Systems 

5 cr.

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

5 cr.


CRJS 8137 - The Nature of Crime and Criminology  

5 cr.

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦ 

5 cr.


CRJS 8215 - Controversies in Criminal Justice 

5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ 

5 cr.


CRJS 8217 - Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime  

5 cr.

5 cr.

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ 


CRJS 8381 - Program Evaluation 

5 cr.

CRJS 8115 - Writing a Quality Prospectus 

5 cr.


RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 


RSCH 8360 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis 


RSCH 8460 - Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis 

5 cr.


CRJS 9000 - Dissertation*


5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of 4 quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Dissertation with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.