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PhD in Human & Social Services - Criminal Justice

Walden's online Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services program with a specialization in Criminal Justice aims to teach students how to bring about positive outcomes and advocate in criminal justice settings.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Criminal Justice

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Walden's online Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Criminal Justice requires students to have a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited university with either a bachelor's or master's degree. Those thinking of applying should be able to demonstrate advanced research and writing skills. Students should also have an interest in working within the criminal justice system. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students who wish to learn about the contributing factors of criminal behavior in modern society may be interested in Walden's Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services online program with a specialization in Criminal Justice. Students get the chance to use scholarly research to identify challenges within the criminal justice system and how to implement change. Courses aim to teach learners about the history of how crime and punishment developed in addition to techniques in rehabilitating offenders. Students may examine subjects like case management, treatment of populations, and cross-cultural ethics. The curriculum also includes a PhD residency and a dissertation capstone.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

83 or 108 credits.

Financial Aid:

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 Human and Social Services with a specialization in Criminal Justice:

Students admitted to the program can choose from two curriculum tracks. Track I is for students enrolled with a master's degree in human services such as counseling, social work, or psychology and allows students to skip some of the core, social-service courses. Track II is for students with either a bachelor's or a master's degree in any other field. The online Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services program with a specialization in Criminal Justice at Walden asks students to complete four, four-day residencies, and the doctoral dissertation course must be taken a minimum of four times. This program does not lead to licensure. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Students will be automatically enrolled upon admission to the following course:
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Courses (3 credits)

  • Foundation of Graduate Study in Human Services

Core Courses (20 or 45 credits)

  • All curriculum tracks will take the following courses:
    • Helping Individuals, Organizations, and Communities: Introduction to Human Services
    • Management and Leadership Development in Human and Social Services
    • Grant Writing
    • Advanced Program Evaluation
  • Only Track II will take the following courses:
    • Interviewing and Case Management in Human and Social Services
    • Human and Social Service Administration
    • Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Human and Social Services
    • Cross-Cultural Ethics in Human and Social Services
    • Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy for Human Services Professionals

Specialization Courses (15 credits)

  • Historical and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Treatment of Forensic Population
  • Forensic Application in Community Settings

Research Courses (15 credits)

    • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
    • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Research Course (5 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
    • Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis

Doctoral Capstone (25 credits)

  • Preparing for Dissertation
  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Completing the Dissertation

Residency Requirement

  • Students must complete 4 PhD residencies:
    • PhD Residency

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates from Walden's Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Criminal Justice program could use advanced skills in academic research and communication to work within prisons and probation/parole programs to rehabilitate and affect positive change. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Bureau of Prisons policymaker
  • Rehabilitation coordinator
  • Department of Justice administrator

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