Students pursuing this specialization have the opportunity to study the risk factors associated with criminal behavior as well as how history has shaped the modern criminal justice system. Through their coursework, students cover the latest approaches to managing crises, current trends in criminal justice, and emerging solutions to contemporary crime.
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.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 83 quarter credits
- Introductory courses (8 cr.)
- Core courses (40 cr.)
- Electives/Specialization (15 cr.)
- Dissertation (minimum 20 cr.)
- Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days
Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.
Fast Track to Your PhD
For the highly motivated student with discipline and a flexible schedule, Walden offers an expedited path to your doctoral degree. With the Fast Track option, you can complete your PhD in Psychology in a shorter amount of time by taking additional courses per term. Learn more about this exciting option or contact your enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 to see if it’s the right choice for you.