Bachelor Of Science In Criminal Justice In Public Adminstration Online Degree Program Page
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
May 17, 2021
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Lead Others in the Criminal Justice Field with Integrity by Earning a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Leadership

Leading a large criminal justice organization requires more than just experience in the field. At Liberty University, you can learn the basic principles and practices underlying the management of large and diverse organizations with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Leadership online degree. Study advanced topics like organizational conflict and program evaluation, which will help you effectively manage a criminal justice organization while handling some of the more pressing topics in the industry.

Through Liberty’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, you will learn how to assess your organization and gather knowledge in a wide range of subjects that will help you become even more useful and valuable to your criminal justice organization. You will also focus on topics like strategic planning and advanced human resources development. Additionally, you will learn from seasoned professors who teach from a Christian worldview and will show you how to apply biblical principles to the ethical challenges frequently faced in the world of criminal justice.

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

The demand for a terminal degree in criminal justice taught from a Christian perspective has gone unmet — until now.

Liberty University recognizes the need for senior leaders in the criminal justice field who are equipped with relevant knowledge and skills rooted in biblical foundations and ethics. All of the classes within our online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program are taught by Liberty professors who have years of experience as professionals in their field and are committed to their faith. They understand the unique challenges of commanding large organizations and are dedicated to preparing you to lead with integrity within your area of expertise.

Become a well-respected leader and excel in your field with the advanced training you will gain in our Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Leadership online 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 – Leadership Online Degree?

Your Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Leadership courses provide advanced knowledge of principles underlying the management of large organizations. You will learn leadership principles regarding the development of subordinates and how to set up proper feedback channels within your organization.

Additionally, courses in strategic planning will help you develop your ability to forecast and be well prepared for future developments within your organization. And as in any well-rounded leadership training curriculum, you will study advanced human resources development, where you will learn the skills needed for setting priorities, time management, and effective communication within your organization.

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Highlights of our Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Leadership Online

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 10 online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 6 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 vast online resources through Liberty University’s library portal while pursuing your online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Leadership degree.

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

  • As with all Liberty degrees online, you are able to personalize your degree to fit your schedule and needs best.

Similar Programs

  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – General — This specialization focuses on providing a flexible, customizable approach to criminal justice issues that will give you a thorough grounding in advanced leadership and law enforcement studies.
  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security — This specialization focuses on the various threats the nation faces from terrorism, cyber, and WMD attacks. You will also learn how to do a risk assessment and overcome various vulnerabilities in specific targets, cities, or regions.

Potential Career Opportunities with Liberty’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Leadership Program

  • Administrator (department chair, dean, chancellor)
  • Criminal justice writer
  • Forensics investigator
  • Lead detective/investigator
  • Lead/senior researcher
  • Professor

After completing Liberty University’s online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice – Leadership degree, graduates will have an advanced, terminal degree that will allow them to pursue leadership roles in the criminal justice field as well as the opportunity to serve in higher education teaching criminal justice subjects.

The skills and knowledge gained from the online criminal justice Ph.D. degree may provide opportunities in private or government agencies or provide increased pay opportunities.

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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
  • 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.