Northcentral University

DBA in Criminal Justice

The Doctor of Business Administration in Criminal Justice program is designed to strengthen learners' leadership and research skills as well as provide them with an understanding of various types of crimes, criminals, and law enforcement organizations. Continue reading for more information regarding this convenient Northcentral University program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Business Administration in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in applying to this program may have experience as police officers, criminal investigators, or lawyers. Knowledge of psychology, sociology, human relations, or cultural diversity may prove helpful to those interested in enrolling in this course. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration in Criminal Justice program have the opportunity to examine the historical and cultural relevance of juvenile delinquency, adult crimes, crime families, and gangs in the U.S. Participants have the chance to examine criminal activity that spans the globe, including drug smuggling and weapons trading. In addition, issues pertaining to U.S. correctional systems, from minimum to maximum security prisons, will be discussed. The program is also intended to cover law enforcement practices, including criminal profiling, evidence gathering, interagency cooperation, and professional ethics. Before completing the program, students will have the opportunity to complete a final major project in which they pinpoint and address a relevant administrative issue.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Doctoral degree seekers must complete at least 54 credit hours. However, if students need additional time to complete their dissertation research, they may complete up to 66 credit hours.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Business Administration in Criminal Justice:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Business Administration Requirements (12 credits)

  • MGT 7019: Ethics in Business (3 credits)
  • SKS 7000: Strategic Knowledge Studies (3 credits)
  • BTM 7001: Advanced Scholarly Writing (3 credits)
  • STAT 8028: Business Statistics (3 credits)

Research Methods Requirements (9 credits)

  • BTM 7701: Research Topic, Problem, Purpose, and Questions (3 credits)
  • BTM 7702: Research Methods and Designs (3 credits)
  • BTM 7704: Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

Criminal Justice Requirements (students elect 18 credits)

  • CJ 7002: Delinquency and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJ 7004: Organized Criminal Gangs (3 credits)
  • CJ 7006: Illegal Maritime Activities (3 credits)
  • CJ 7007: Criminal Justice Research Methods (3 credits)
  • CJ 7009: Institutional Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJ 7010: Effective Police Tactics, Techniques and Methodologies (3 credits)
  • CJ 7011: Ethics and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • HS 7007: Intelligence and Law Enforcement Integration in Homeland

Security (3 credits)

  • CJ 8010: Criminal Justice Capstone Project (3 credits)

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9400B: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

Dissertation Courses (minimum of 12 credits)

  • DIS 9401B: Doctoral Dissertation Research I (3 credits)
  • DIS 9402B: Doctoral Dissertation Research II (3 credits)
  • DIS 9403B: Doctoral Dissertation Research III (3 credits)
  • DIS 9404B: Doctoral Dissertation Research IV (3 credits)
  • DIS 9405B: Doctoral Dissertation Research V (3 credits)
  • DIS 9406B: Doctoral Dissertation Research VI (3 credits)
  • DIS 9407B: Doctoral Dissertation Research VII (3 credits)
  • DIS 9408B: Doctoral Dissertation Research VIII (3 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Upon completion of Northcentral University's Doctor of Business Administration in Criminal Justice program, graduates could pursue higher-level job opportunities in their current place of employment. Jobs could be sought with local, state, or national law enforcement agencies, such as the U.S. Marshals Service or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Individuals who have completed this program could be able to work in areas of administration, professional consulting, or teaching.

Depending on prior training and experience level, graduates could be able to pursue employment as:

  • Police chiefs
  • Criminal justice instructors
  • Justice program analysts

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