Help meet the growing demand for criminal justice and security professionals and gain more credibility in the field with our PhD in Criminal Justice degree program.
Make a greater impact within your organization and your field with Walden’s online PhD in Criminal Justice, one of the first online criminal justice doctoral programs available to meet the needs of working professionals. You can attain a new level of credibility and influence with an online PhD in Criminal Justice.
Whether you want to pursue leadership roles within the field or begin a career in criminal justice education, our criminal justice PhD program can give you the skills and knowledge you need to embrace exciting new career opportunities.
In this online program, you’ll explore contemporary theory and practice as well as national and international issues in the administration of criminal justice. Taught by seasoned doctoral-level faculty with practical experience in the field, coursework spans topics such as risk factors for criminal behavior, leadership theory, human services, technology and law enforcement, homeland security, and public management. Walden’s online PhD in Criminal Justice gives you the opportunity to integrate scholarly research with your experience to create effective solutions to real-world problems.
Four academic residencies that support your progress at key points in your doctoral journey. Residencies are designed to enhance both your development as a scholar-practitioner and your ability to effect positive social change.
As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:
The turbulent times we live in have necessitated a nationwide focus on criminal justice, emergency management, and public safety. Whether you aspire to lead in the workplace or the classroom, Walden’s PhD in Criminal Justice can prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to advance in your profession.
According to the employment website Indeed, the number of job postings related to the PhD in Criminal Justice has increased 200% over the past five years.2
With a General Program and six specializations to choose from, Walden’s PhD in Criminal Justice can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a master's degree in criminal justice or related field or (2) hold a master's degree in a discipline unrelated to criminal justice.
Note on Licensure
Walden’s PhD in Criminal Justice program is not considered a Professional Peace Officer Education Program for the state of Minnesota, and is not designed or intended to prepare graduates for licensure as a peace officer, police officer or other law enforcement officer in any state.
1U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “FY 2014 Budget in Brief,” on the internet at https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/MGMT/FY%202014%20BIB%20-%20FINAL%20-508%20Formatted%20(4).pdf (viewed online March 11, 2014).
2Indeed.com, “Criminal Justice PhD Job Trends,” on the Internet at http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends?q=Criminal+Justice+PhD&l=&relative=1 (viewed online December 16, 2013).
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.