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PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management & Leadership

Walden University's PhD in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Public Management and Leadership program offers professionals the opportunity to prepare for leadership roles in public and nonprofit organizations. Get more details about this online PhD program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Public Management and Leadership

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

This program could be ideal for students interested in examining contemporary criminal justice theory and conducting scholarly research. A master's degree is required for all prospective students of this program. Track I candidates must hold a master's degree in criminal justice or a related subject, while Track II students should have a master's in any other area. Academic or professional experience in a criminal justice setting is also required. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

With a focus on change management techniques, Walden University's online PhD in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Public Management and Leadership program allows professionals to build an understanding of leadership qualities and processes needed in criminal justice-related organizations. Students in both Track I (for those with a master's degree in criminal justice) and Track II (for those with a master's in an unrelated area) take the same specialization classes that provide study in motivation, management strategies in criminal justice organizations, organizational change, and leadership theories. Core courses for Track I students address current issues in criminal justice, policy development and analysis, criminal justice administration, and social program evaluation. In the Track II core curriculum, students learn about those topics as well as criminal profiling, criminal behavior, legal controversies in criminal justice, and investigative approaches for cybercrimes. Research courses and a dissertation are completed in both tracks. All students have the opportunity to fast-track their studies to complete the program in a shorter amount of time.

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 Public Management and Leadership:

Track I students must earn 83 credits and Track II students 98 credits to obtain this degree. In both formats, students complete a 3-credit foundation course, 15 credits of specialization courses, 20 credits in research-focused classes, and a 25-credit dissertation research/writing process. Track I students take 20 core credits and Track II students 35 credits in the core curriculum. 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: Public Management and Leadership (15 credits)

  • Transformative Change in a Shared Power World
  • The Language of Leadership
  • Strategic Context of Management and Leadership

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 Graduate Study in Psychology

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: Public Management and Leadership (15 credits)

  • Transformative Change in a Shared Power World
  • The Language of Leadership
  • Strategic Context of Management and Leadership

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:

Once they have been awarded this PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership, graduates could apply their data analysis and research skills to directorial or administrative positions in government agencies or nonprofit organizations. They might oversee areas of investigations, criminal justice research, crime analysis, or policy development. A doctorate could also lead to an academic career at a college or university.

Career options suitable to graduates include:

  • Law enforcement agency consultant
  • Research consultant
  • Criminal justice professor
  • Director of homeland security

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