Doctor of Criminal Justice Hone Your Expertise


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you interested in defending those around you, your community, and the general public? The need for criminal justice professionals who can provide insight into and change the landscape of criminal justice has never been greater. At Liberty University, we believe the administration of justice is critical. Part of our mission of Training Champions for Christ involves protecting those who are most vulnerable.

In our Doctor of Criminal Justice program, you will have the opportunity to pick a specialization so you can hone your skills in a specific area. Are you interested in protecting your country and preparing for and preventing attacks domestically and abroad? Or are you looking to move up the ranks to a leadership role in a criminal justice organization? At Liberty, no matter where your interests lie, we are ready to partner with you as you prepare to take the next step in your criminal justice career!

In our online doctorate in criminal justice core courses, you can learn many of the basic tenets of criminal justice. For example, you will begin by taking courses in criminology, criminal justice administration, and justice policy. These courses are designed so that you can construct effective strategies and make needed changes within criminal justice organizations.

In addition, you will take courses that analyze different criminal justice systems, juvenile justice systems, and advanced corrections policy. You will also take research courses focused on transnational crime, organizational conflict, terrorism and intelligence, and stress management in criminal justice. After this, you have the choice to take elective courses and customize your path of study or to pursue a specific specialization in homeland security or leadership.

If you choose one of these specializations, you will then take further courses to foster your skills and challenge you to identify problems and create solutions within the criminal justice field. Some of the topics that you will study if you pursue a homeland security specialization include weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives (CBRNE) as well as counterterrorism and risk management.

If you choose the leadership specialization, you will study a wide variety of topics, including strategic management and advanced human resources advancement in criminal justice organizations. If you decide to pursue the general track and mix and match courses, you can pursue a wide swathe of criminal justice online classes that are offered by the Helms School of Government.

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  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

  • Compliance manager
  • Crime scene investigation unit manager
  • Criminal justice professor
  • Federal agent
  • Police chief/sheriff
  • Police detective
  • Prison warden
  • Public policy advisor
  • Threat assessment analyst

At Liberty, you can choose a specialization in our Doctor of Criminal Justice. That way, you can pick a course of study that best aligns with your career goals. If you have a very specific course of study that you desire to take, you can also choose our general specialization, which allows you to pick courses tailored to your unique interests.

Check out our specializations below!

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Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.

Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Doctoral Full Time $595/Credit
Doctoral Part Time $650/Credit

Eligible current and former military service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more).

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible 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 as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.