Learn How to Protect Your Country with a Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security
At any given moment, our nation could face a security threat that requires defense experts to jump into action. With the continued presence of threats at home and abroad, the need for informed and decisive leadership has never been greater. In an increasingly volatile world, preventative measures and effective policies are critical. With a Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security degree from Liberty University, you can prepare to answer the call and protect our nation.
Become an exceptional law enforcement leader, practitioner, and problem solver in the criminal justice field. With a professional doctorate that fosters real-life experience, you can be better equipped to address leading issues in criminal justice. With training from Liberty, you can take the research you have conducted and the experience you have to create meaningful change in the criminal justice system. Whether you seek to become a federal agent, conduct threat assessment, or teach at the college level, a degree from Liberty can help you achieve your goals.
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Why Choose Liberty University’s Online Doctorate in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Program?
Our Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security is taught by distinguished faculty who have served in federal agencies, police forces, and other criminal justice organizations – so you can be confident that you are receiving a world-class education taught by trained professionals. Our faculty are dedicated to partnering with you and praying with you as you complete your degree.
We understand that you want to pursue a degree without putting your life on hold, so we’ve created a degree that’s 100% online with no set login times. Additionally, our degree in homeland security online is only 60 credit hours, which means that you can complete your entire doctorate in as little as 3 years!
As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, Liberty doesn’t just meet a high standard –Liberty sets the standard. When you take classes online, you’ll have access to a multitude of resources that are designed with your success in mind.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is criminal justice homeland security?
Criminal justice is closely related to homeland security. Criminal justice is the application of different methods and practices that can better ensure the defense of the homeland.
Homeland security is one of the many applications of criminal justice. The Department of Homeland Security was established in 2002 in order to better prepare against threats both domestic and international. Homeland security emphasizes prophylactic action in order to protect the interests of the nation through a variety of criminal justice techniques
What is the difference between a PhD in Criminal Justice and a Doctor of Criminal Justice?
At Liberty, we offer both a PhD in Criminal Justice and a Doctor of Criminal Justice. The main difference between a PhD and a Doctor of Criminal Justice lies in the outcome of your research. The curriculum in our Doctor of Criminal Justice closely mirrors that of our PhD program; however, the PhD focuses on original research whereas the Doctor of Criminal Justice focuses on applied research.
What is the difference between a PhD in National Security and a Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security?
A PhD in National Security primarily focuses on how to evaluate the threats that face our nation, how to respond to those threats, and how to resolve those threats before they are realized. Our Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security addresses these same issues but expands upon them and is more comprehensive. The focus of your research may be national security, but the entirety of your degree is designed to help prepare you for many kinds of applications in government, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, or even academia.
While national security is an element of homeland security, homeland security is broader and addresses national security amongst many other facets of criminal justice.
What can I do with a doctorate in homeland security?
Our doctorate in criminal justice – homeland security is designed to help you serve effectively in many different sectors, both public and private. If you desire to work for a federal agency, many of those agencies may look favorably upon someone with a doctorate in homeland security as they tend to demonstrate the ability to apply research skills to real problems.
In addition, you may desire to work for a postsecondary institution, a think tank, a defense contractor, or the military. Our program is designed so that you can be prepared to pursue positions like these. Some other careers you may want to pursue with a doctorate in homeland security include prison warden, chief of police, detective, or even policy writer.
How do I become a special agent?
The requirements for becoming a special agent depend on the organization that you are seeking to work for. Regardless of what agency you’re applying to, a professional doctoral degree in criminal justice may help you stand out from other job candidates.
What Will You Learn in Liberty’s Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Online Degree?
Within your homeland security courses, you can learn how to better critique criminology, criminal justice administration, and justice policy. Our courses are designed to help you construct innovative and effective proposals to address policy concerns.
Additionally, you will take courses in cybercrime and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) as well as chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives (CBRNE). Additionally, you will study topics that analyze risk and the assessment of risk as it relates to critical infrastructure. The applied nature of this program also involves research in the form of capstone courses so that you can apply what you have learned to the defense of the nation.
Through your courses, you can develop analytical skills that can help you better assess and meet risks with diligence. At Liberty University, we want to partner with you as you take the next step in your criminal justice career.
Doctor of Criminal Justice Featured Courses
- CJUS 701 – Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
- HLSC 710 – Contemporary Issues in Cyber Security and WMD (CBRNE) Threat Analysis
- HLSC 720 – Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection
- HLSC 730 – Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Strategies
Highlights of Our Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Degree
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best 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 9 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 online doctoral program.
- Finish your Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security degree online in as little as 3 years.
Potential Career Opportunities for Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Program Graduates
As a graduate of our Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security program, you can prepare to pursue a variety of careers, such as:
- Compliance manager
- Criminal justice professor
- Federal agent
- Policy writer
- Threat assessment analyst
After completing Liberty University’s online Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security degree, you can be better prepared to pursue positions of added responsibility in a variety of sectors. Whether you decide to pursue employment with a federal agency or as a criminal justice professor, a degree from Liberty is a great next step in your criminal justice career.
Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security Degree Information
- This program falls under the Helms School of Government.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
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Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Doctor of Criminal Justice – Homeland Security
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 (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*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.