Criminal Justice

Affect Change at the Highest Level with a Criminal Justice Specialization

The criminal justice system is a vast, billion-dollar sector with opportunities for those with higher degrees and leadership skills. With NCU’s criminal justice specialization, you will gain insight into the operational and organizational structure of criminal justice agencies and learn applicable concepts. Through NCU’s 100% online criminal justice specialization, you will explore topics such as organized criminal gangs, delinquency and criminal justice, and institutional corrections. With the guidance of professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you will evaluate the coordination efforts of local, state, federal and multinational organizations. The NCU criminal justice specialization prepares you to affect change at the highest level. If you have a passion for criminal justice, this specialization can help you in developing the advanced competencies needed to pursue leadership positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, teaching or private consulting fields.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University is committed to providing a premier education for our students, and holds the same regional accreditation as other prestigious American universities (WSCUC*). NCU’s School of Business and Technology Management has a results-oriented approach to online education, delivering rigorous doctoral, master's, bachelor's and graduate certificate programs to help you develop the business acumen that companies seek. You will learn from our professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, and are experienced professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one mentoring approach to learning allows you to experience individualized interaction. You'll be learning in a class size of one, so there's no need to worry about dropped classes or waiting lists. NCU’s flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements, no need to travel to a physical campus and no entrance exams. You determine your schedule, just as you determine your educational outcome. That’s why NCU’s independent study approach is designed for you, the self-motivated student, who seeks a higher degree in their educational journey.

“I am realizing that I am even doing better, in terms of research, than graduates of well-known and respected brick-and-mortar universities.” – Enoch Osei, PhD in Business Administration (2015)

*WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001,

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PHD-BA 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
DBA 54 18 39 months View Course Catalog
MBA 30 10 16 months View Course Catalog
MSOL 30 10 16 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 9 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop business knowledge based on a synthesis of current theory
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about theories, applications, and perspectives related to business
  • Evaluate business practices that positively impact society
  • Evaluate the relationship between the global environment and business decisions
  • Formulate solutions to problems identified in extant business research

Doctor of Business Administration Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate with diverse audiences about practices, solutions, and perspectives related to business
  • Construct socially responsible and ethic business strategies
  • Evaluate the relationship between the global environment and business decisions
  • Formulate solutions to practical business problems based on original research

Master of Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the health of an organization
  • Effectively communicate - in media appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience - ideas and arguments associated with business issues
  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities presented by the global business environment
  • Evaluate legal compliance, ethical concerns of stakeholders, and social responsibility in terms of their impact on the conduct of business
  • Deliver effective business solutions

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the current state of leadership practice within a given profession
  • Evaluate the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization
  • Apply best leadership practices within a given organization
  • Evaluate themselves as leaders

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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