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. Through advanced research and analysis of criminal justice practices, you will learn how to assess and improve government and law enforcement organizations and master techniques in instruction.
You’ll be trained by seasoned criminal justice scholars with years of experience. Our professors teach from a Christian worldview, so you can receive biblically-based training that will help you lead effectively and with integrity in your chosen field.
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Why Choose Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Criminal Justice?
As a criminal justice professional studying at Liberty University, you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to seek promotion to a senior leadership position, enhance your credentials, or teach criminal justice at the undergraduate or graduate level. At Liberty, you’ll learn from a uniquely Christian perspective, so you can be confident your classes will be grounded in integrity and taught by men and women who have real-life experience making the tough calls.
Liberty’s instructors in the Helms School of Government have years of 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 through our online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree program.
What Will You Learn in the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Online Degree?
Your Ph.D. in Criminal Justice courses provide advanced training in a wide range of critical issues such as crime causation, comparative criminal justice systems, juvenile justice policies, and advanced corrections policies. You will also study international crime and terrorism to increase your awareness of the global impact of organized crime.
Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Featured Courses
- CJUS 810 – Transnational Organized Crime
- CJUS 820 – Advanced Topics in Terrorism and Intelligence
- CJUS 830 – Criminal Justice Organizational Conflict
- CJUS 840 – Stress Management in Criminal Justice
Highlights of Our Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Online
- Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by BestColleges.com — and ranked as the #2 online school in America by Niche.com. Earning your online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in 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 time in the Ph.D. program.
Finish your Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree online in as little as 3 years!
Potential Career Opportunities with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
- Administration/management (federal, state, or local)
- Administrator (department chair, dean, chancellor)
- Crime scene investigation unit manager
- Criminal justice writer
- Forensics investigator
- Police chief
- Polygraph examiner/operator
- Prison warden
- Public policy advisor
After completing Liberty University’s online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree, graduates will have an advanced, terminal degree that allows them to pursue leadership roles in the criminal justice field as well as serve in higher education teaching criminal justice. The skills and knowledge gained from the online criminal justice Ph.D. degree may open up opportunities in private or governmental agencies or increase your earning potential.
Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Degree — Online Program Information
- This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
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Admission Requirements for the 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.