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Complete your Doctor of Criminal Justice online
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Online Doctor of Criminal Justice
Enhanced Leadership Skills for Criminal Justice Professionals
The criminal justice system is a complex network that combines the efforts of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Criminal justice professionals work together with the larger goal of protecting and serving the public interest by creating a safer society. Those seeking graduate-level education within this field must be prepared to leverage their knowledge and experience to impact change from the top down. This is a tremendous responsibility that requires strong leadership skills and an ongoing dedication to education.
Enhance Your Impact Through Higher Education
National University’s Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) program can help criminal justice professionals gain the advanced knowledge they need to become leaders in their field. This program was designed to help students gain management and leadership skills while developing a pragmatic approach to solving the problems facing the industry today. Upon graduation, students will have a deep understanding of criminal justice theory, as well as research and analysis skills to evaluate criminal justice issues and provide practical solutions.
This program offers specializations in Homeland Security, Policing, and Organizational Leadership and Public Administration. It is ideally suited for those that hold a master’s degree and are currently working in the criminal justice field. Students will enhance their understanding of critical topics in criminal justice and gain the additional skills they need to contribute in leadership roles. This includes the ability to research, budget, organize, and manage operations within criminal justice and community organizations.
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Doctor of Criminal Justice in Homeland Security
Keeping our nation safe requires the ongoing work of dedicated professionals who understand the complex problems we face. The Homeland Security specialization helps prepare the next generation of leaders within areas such as public administration, law enforcement, public safety, emergency medical care, and disaster preparedness. As a student, you will explore emerging theories and concepts in terrorism and intelligence as well as innovative approaches to resolving them. Additionally, you will gain the valuable leadership skills you need to take on executive leadership roles within an organization. This specialization is ideally suited for those already working in law enforcement who want to enhance their knowledge and expand their career possibilities.Learn More
Doctor of Criminal Justice in Organizational Leadership
The Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) with a specialization in Organizational Leadership serves to enhance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. You will explore theoretical research as it relates to strategic planning in all phases of organizational leadership, including building organizational capacity and sustainability.
This specialization has broad appeal among practicing professionals with backgrounds in business administration, human resources, nonprofit administration, or related fields, whose professional goals may be organizational consulting or a general leadership position in corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational, or community organizations.Learn More
Doctor of Criminal Justice in Policing
Policing diverse and growing populations is an increasingly complex situation. To work in this field, one must have the right combination of skills, knowledge, and experience. The Policing specialization offers students the opportunity to explore topics such as effective police tactics and techniques, public policy issues, and leadership theories. As a student, you will examine current police issues within today’s multicultural and digital environment along with possible solutions for the issues we face. This specialization is ideally suited for those already working in law enforcement who want to enhance their knowledge and expand their career possibilities.Learn More
Doctor of Criminal Justice in Public Administration
As governments and organizations struggle to do more with fewer resources, individuals with expertise in public administration will be in high demand. The 100% online Doctor of Criminal Justice in Public Administration specialization offers unparalleled flexibility as you work one-to-one with your doctoral professor to develop your skills in gathering, analyzing, and applying data to business decisions. You will explore human resources management, accounting, urban politics, and policy analysis, with an emphasis on contemporary program evaluation, complex public organization, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state, and federal levels. Graduates are prepared for management roles in the nonprofit and government sectors in areas such as budgeting, program evaluation, research analysis, and economic development.Learn More
Doctor of Criminal Justice Program Outcomes
At National University, you can complete your Doctor of Criminal Justice program completely online, when it’s convenient for you. We have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This allows you to earn your degree from anywhere in the world and complete coursework in a way that is convenient for you. We also offer a unique one-to-one learning model that provides you the guidance, attention, and support you need to thrive.
Doctor of Criminal Justice Learning Outcomes
- Develop policies and budgets to support effective administration of criminal justice agencies
- Evaluate risks and opportunities in criminal justice agencies based on legal, professional, and ethical expectations
- Integrate management and leadership theories into criminal justice practice
- Generate independent research to address issues in criminal justice and inform professional practice
Hear From Our Faculty
Watch our video to learn more about the Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) program from Dr. Eugene Wilkerson, Dean for the School of Business.
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