2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    
    Sep 27, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice - Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

 

The specialization in Criminal Justice is designed for professionals involved in all aspects of public safety, including law enforcement and rehabilitation. Students will examine the factors that contribute to criminal behavior, such as urban decay, substance abuse, and poverty. They will explore the use of traditional forms of intervention, such as individual and group psychotherapy, as well as recent developments in intervention, including restorative justice as it relates to both criminals and the victims of crimes. And they will gain a greater insight into the problems facing the criminal justice system and how they can begin to address these challenges.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Elective course (5 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral Study Action Research Project (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • One residency

Course Sequence


 Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr.
   5 cr. 
  Complete the residency as soon as you begin your program; required before you begin your 2nd research course (RSCH 8210 OR RSCH 8310).  
2    5 cr. 
   5 cr. 
3    5 cr. 
   5 cr.  
4    5 cr. 
   5 cr.  
5    5 cr. 
  OR    5 cr.  
6    5 cr.
Elective course chosen to support Capstone research project 5 cr.  
7+  * Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms until completion

* Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their doctoral study with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval. In general students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral study, 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 Doctor of Social Work Guidebook.