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100% online, 8-week courses
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Aug 24, 2020
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Be a Leader in the Criminal Justice Field with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Liberty University

If you are an experienced law enforcement professional, Liberty’s online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice can prepare you for senior leadership roles in criminal justice organizations at all levels of government. Through advanced research and analysis of criminal justice practices, you will learn how to assess and improve government and law enforcement organizations while mastering techniques in teaching and leadership. With training from experienced criminal justice scholars founded in a Christian worldview, Liberty’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice can provide you with biblically-based training to lead effectively in your field with integrity.

To give you the right skills and expertise for your specific needs, Liberty offers a general Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and two areas of study in leadership and homeland security. With the Helms School of Government’s faculty of criminal justice and government professionals, you will get the training you need to lead in your field from industry experts who are excited to share their experience with you.

Why Choose Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Criminal Justice Program?

Liberty University provides training for leaders in the criminal justice field, all from a uniquely Christian perspective. Liberty’s instructors in the Helms School of Government have real-world experience in criminal justice and understand the critical issues of the field. You can excel in your field without compromising your principles with the advanced training you will gain in our online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree program.

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

What Will You Learn in the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Online Degree?

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice courses will offer you advanced knowledge in a wide range of critical issues such as crime causation, comparative criminal justice systems, juvenile justice policies, and advanced corrections policies. In addition to these topics, you will study international crime and terrorism to gain expertise in the global impact of organized crime.


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Highlights of Our Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Online

  • By earning your Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree online from an accredited, nonprofit university whose online programs are ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you can be confident your degree will be well respected within your field.

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 5 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 

  • You will have access to a wide variety of online resources through Liberty University’s library portal throughout your pursuit of obtaining a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree online.

  • Finish your Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree online in as little as 3 years!

  • Personalize your program track to fit your schedule and needs best. 

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Degree – Online Program Information

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Admission Requirements for Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.


Specializations for the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Degree

Students in the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree are required to choose a specialization. Discover more information about each of our specializations below.


Homeland Security