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

Law and Public Policy–PhD in Criminal Justice


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Through this specialization, students explore how past and present legal decisions influence the creation of public policy. In their coursework, students cover foundational legal concepts, landmark cases, and current trends in law and policy. Students also have the opportunity to examine the legal knowledge that is made available to public policy practitioners.

Track I


Degree Requirements


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

Curriculum


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

CRJS 8810 - Fundamentals of Law and Public Policy 

5 cr.

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦ 

5 cr.

 4

CRJS 8811 - Legal Research for Public Policy 

5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ 

5 cr.

 5

CRJS 8812 - Contemporary Cases and Issues in the Courts 

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*

 

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.

Track II


Degree Requirements


  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Introductory Courses (8 cr.)
  • Core Courses (55 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation
  • Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Curriculum


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

 

CRJS 8810 - Fundamentals of Law and Public Policy

 

 

5 cr.

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦ 

5 cr.

 4

CRJS 8811 - Legal Research for Public Policy 

5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ 

5 cr.

 5

CRJS 8812 - Contemporary Cases and Issues in the Courts 

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*

 

 

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.