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PhD in Criminal Justice

Whether you aspire to be a leader or a teacher in the criminal justice arena, Walden University’s PhD in Criminal Justice online program can prepare you with the skills you need for career advancement. Benefit from the expertise of seasoned, doctoral-level instructors as you explore contemporary criminal justice theory and practice as well as the latest trends and issues facing the field today. In this doctoral program, you can select one of six optional specializations to align your program of study with your professional objectives. Reach a significant milestone in your career as you earn one of the most highly respected degrees in the criminal justice profession and prepare to lead change in the communities and organizations you serve.

The PhD in Criminal Justice features two tracks, depending on your previous education.

Track I

This program of study is for students who have a master’s degree in criminal justice or a related field.

Track II

This program of study is for students who have a master’s degree in a discipline other than criminal justice.

Receive a 20% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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What Our Students Say:

“The moment I realized my academic work would positively impact the community I serve was when a volunteer opportunity became available in the criminal justice system.”

Ginger L. Jenkins

Walden Graduate
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  • Emergency Management
  • Global Leadership
  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination
  • Online Teaching in Higher Education
  • Justice Administration
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Public Management and Leadership

With a General Program and 7 specializations to choose from, Walden’s PhD in Criminal Justice can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:*

  • Professor/instructor
  • Research consultant
  • Consultant to law enforcement agency
  • City Administrator
  • Police captain
  • Bureau chief
  • Criminal investigator
  • Sheriff, deputy, or patrol officer

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