Doctor of Criminal
Justice in Policing
No Group Work
100% Online LEarning
A doctoral degree in criminal justice and policing offers you the opportunity to use your skills and strengths for the good of the greater community, whether through using behavioral science skills and forensics to get to the bottom of criminal motive, teaching at institutions of higher learning, or working on the front lines of policy to incite change at the federal or local levels.
In addition to core criminal justice studies and dissertation research instruction, this specialization coursework provides you with a broad academic exposure to effective police tactics and techniques, public policy issues, and leadership theories. The program is keenly suited for those interested in advancing their careers in law enforcement, investigations, private security, or public safety within today’s multicultural and digital environment.
- Admission to the Doctor of Criminal Justice program will be determined by the degree used to meet the basis for admission. Applicants are required to have a conferred master’s degree from a nationally or regionally accredited academic institution.
For the Doctor of Criminal Justice in Policing specialization, you must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours (18 courses), including three specialization courses. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 45 months.
Students earning the Doctor of Criminal Justice with a specialization in Policing will learn to:
- 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
Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.
Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.
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