General Program—Track I Specialization - PhD in Criminal Justice

General Program—Track I

From heightened national security to concerns about cybercrime, the landscape of today’s criminal justice system is rapidly changing. In this General Program, you’ll examine expert theories on the root causes of crime and explore how historical events have affected and shaped the criminal justice system. Current practices in crisis management also will be addressed.

Track I is a program of study for students who have a master’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. If you have a master's degree in an unrelated discipline, see Track II.

Completion Requirements

  • 81 total quarter credits
    • Introductory courses (6 cr.)
    • Core courses (40 cr.)
    • Electives (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  •  Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days 

The majority of our students take over 2 years to complete their doctoral study or dissertation.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Introductory Courses

Core Courses and Electives


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*You may select any five-credit-hour graduate course from the PhD in Criminal Justice specialization courses.

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