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PhD in Criminal Justice - Emergency Management

Professionals in law enforcement, homeland security, or a similar field could build the knowledge and leadership skills needed for advancement in Walden University's PhD in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Emergency Management program. Get more details about this online PhD program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Emergency Management

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Doctorate

Program Prerequisites:

Both tracks offered in this PhD program require that students hold a master's degree. Prior courses in criminal justice theory or administration are helpful but not required. Prospective students might hold current positions in police departments, security firms, or government agencies. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Policy analysis, leadership theories, and contemporary issues in criminal justice are among the topics explored in the core curriculum of Walden University's online PhD in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Emergency Management program. Other areas discussed in the Track I program, which is for students with a master's in criminal justice or related field, include the evolution of crime, criminal justice policy development and implementation, and effective criminal justice administration practices. In addition to these subjects, Track II students, who hold a master's degree that's not in criminal justice, review criminal behavior theories, interpretations of the law, and technologies and techniques for solving cyber crimes. In specialization courses, students of both tracks can learn about risk assessment methods, disaster management strategies, federal recovery/response practices, and crisis planning processes. Research courses and a dissertation must also be completed in both tracks, and students can choose a fast-track option that allows them to take three courses instead of two per term to expedite completion of studies.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

83 credits for Track I; 98 credits for Track II.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Emergency Management:

Track I students must complete a total of 20 credits in core coursework in addition to a 3-credit foundation course, 15 credits in the area of specialization, 20 credits in research-focused classes, and a 25-credit dissertation process. Students in Track II complete the same requirements, except the core curriculum contains 35 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Track I (for students with a master's degree in criminal justice)

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Doctoral Study

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Policy and Analysis in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Program Evaluation

Specialization Courses: Emergency Management (15 credits)

  • Critical Issues in Emergency Management
  • Risk Assessment, Preparedness, and Hazard Mitigation
  • Disaster Response and Recovery

Research Courses (20 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Dissertation (25 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus
  • Dissertation

Track II (for students with a master's degree in a discipline unrelated to criminal justice)

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Doctoral Study

Core Courses (35 credits)

  • The Nature of Crime and Criminology
  • Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • Technological Solutions and 21st Century Crime
  • History and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Policy and Analysis in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Program Evaluation

Specialization Courses: Emergency Management (15 credits)

  • Critical Issues in Emergency Management
  • Risk Assessment, Preparedness, and Hazard Mitigation
  • Disaster Response and Recovery

Research Courses (20 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Students choose one of the following:
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Dissertation (25 credits)

  • Writing a Quality Prospectus
  • Dissertation

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Upon completion of Walden University's PhD in Criminal Justice - Emergency Management program, graduates could seek greater responsibilities in their current positions or apply for advanced roles at the administrative or directorial levels. They could fill such roles in law enforcement agencies, private security firms, hospitals, or government agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A doctorate could also lead to an academic career in a college or university.

Possible career titles for students who hold this doctorate might include:

  • Homeland security director
  • Criminal justice professor
  • Emergency management director

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