Online Doctorate In Leadership And Criminal Justice
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
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Protect and Serve Your Community with Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Leadership and Criminal Justice

Are you a criminal justice professional looking to move into a top-level role in your organization? The field of criminal justice needs strong leaders who can creatively adapt to a wide variety of challenges. Whether you are currently serving in a position of authority or hope to soon don the mantle of leadership, Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) – Leadership can help you carry out your responsibilities with excellence and integrity.

Our doctorate in leadership and criminal justice is designed for law enforcement practitioners who hope to solve practical problems in their field. In this program, you won’t just study effective research methods — you’ll learn how to apply your research and address real-world challenges in your organization. With guidance from our seasoned faculty, you can become a leader who is able to generate ideas, implement solutions, and better serve the public.

If you are a senior criminal justice leader seeking career advancement, our criminal justice leadership doctoral program can help you take the next step toward achieving your goals. Partner with us and learn how to effectively oversee operations in public, private, and nonprofit criminal justice organizations.

What’s the difference between a PhD and a Doctor of Criminal Justice?

Perhaps you’re wondering how Liberty’s Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) compares to our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Criminal Justice. While the PhD focuses on theoretical and original research that expands the body of knowledge in the teaching discipline, our DCJ degree is a professional doctorate designed to help you address practical problems in the field.

To this end, Liberty’s PhD in Criminal Justice requires a dissertation while the DCJ includes a final capstone project. If you want to learn how to apply research to solve real-world challenges, Liberty’s DCJ program may be right for you! If you aspire to work in research or academia, our PhD in Criminal Justice may be a better fit. Regardless of which program you choose, both degrees can help build your skill set so you can pursue career advancement.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Criminal Justice Leadership Doctoral Program?

Liberty University has a rich history of viewing government, justice, national security, and public policy through a biblical lens — and this degree program seeks to further that tradition and spirit. Each of our courses emphasizes an ethical approach to criminal justice and leadership, so you can learn how to stand out as a leader in your field.

In this program, you’ll study under professors who have years of experience in criminal justice. Drawing on what they have learned in their own careers, our faculty can help you gain a deeper understanding of the purposes and procedures of criminal justice. They are committed to helping you grow academically, professionally, and personally as you pursue your online doctorate degree in criminal justice – leadership.

If you’re worried that school may get in the way of your other commitments and priorities, we have just what you need. Our doctorate in leadership and criminal justice is available 100% online with no set login times. At Liberty, you’ll have the freedom to earn your degree on your schedule while remaining invested in your family, job, and community.

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 hourFind out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

What Will You Learn in Our Doctor of Criminal Justice – Online Leadership Degree?

This doctoral program is broken down into 5 main parts: core criminal justice courses, advanced focus courses, the leadership specialization, research and evaluation courses, and an applied research capstone project. Each section of this doctorate degree in criminal justice – leadership is designed to help you hone industry-specific skills that can be used directly in the field.

Throughout the core and advanced focus courses, you’ll explore theories of crime, juvenile justice, and corrections policy. You’ll also examine criminal justice from a global perspective through courses in transnational organized crime, comparative criminal justice systems, and terrorism and intelligence. Additionally, you can choose to study either organizational conflict or stress management in criminal justice.

Within the leadership specialization, you’ll learn about the major tenets of various leadership theories. As a criminal justice leader, you’ll likely need to make critical decisions that define your career and shape the public’s opinion of your organization. At Liberty, we’re committed to helping you face challenges with grace, wisdom, and dignity.

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Highlights of Our Online Doctoral Program in Leadership and Criminal Justice

  • 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’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.
  • 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 our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • As an online Liberty student, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources through our top-notch library portal.

Doctor of Criminal Justice – Online Leadership Degree Program Information

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Potential Career Opportunities for Graduates of the Online Doctorate in Criminal Justice – Leadership Degree

  • Crime scene investigation unit manager
  • First-line supervisor of police and detectives
  • Lead detective/investigator
  • Police chief
  • Prison warden
  • Professor of criminal justice
  • Public policy advisor
  • Regulatory affairs manager

Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Online Doctorate 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 (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.