Criminal Justice Specialization - Ph.D. in Human Services

Criminal Justice

Designed for professionals involved in all aspects of public safety, including law enforcement and rehabilitation, you will examine the factors that contribute to criminal behavior, such as urban decay, substance abuse, and poverty. 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. You can gain greater insight into the problems facing the criminal justice system and how you can begin to address these challenges.

Completion Requirements

  • 112 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (60 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced Research Course (4 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

The Advanced Customized option gives you a unique way to meet the coursework requirements in this specialization. Gain a deeper level of knowledge in your specific area of interest and benefit from an independent, self-directed learning experience under the guidance of a mentor. Learn more.

Accelerated Path to Your Ph.D.
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