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Up to 15 credit hours of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
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Oct 21, 2019
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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.

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

Liberty University provides the knowledge and skills 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 online degree program.

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

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice courses will offer you advanced knowledge of skills 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 4 straight 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

  • 100% Online
  • 60 total hours
  • Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred in from an accredited and non-conferred degree
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times
  • This program falls under the Helms School of Government
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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
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 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 Doctor of Philosophy (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.


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