Doctor of Criminal Justice

Leadership skills for criminal justice professionals

The criminal justice system is a complex network that combines the efforts of law enforcement, the court system and the correction system. Criminal justice professionals work together with the larger goal of protecting and serving the public interest by creating a safer society. Those seeking graduate level education within this field must be prepared to leverage their knowledge and experience to impact change from the top down. This is a tremendous responsibility that requires strong leadership skills and an ongoing dedication to education.


Enhance your impact through higher education

Our Doctor of Criminal Justice (DCJ) program can help criminal justice professionals gain the advanced knowledge they need to become leaders in their field. This program was designed to help students gain management and leadership skills while developing a pragmatic approach to solving the problems facing the industry today. Upon graduation students will have a deep understanding of criminal justice theory, civil and criminal liability and gain the executive-level leadership skills they need to distinguish themselves in the workplace.

This program offers specializations in Homeland Security, White Collar Crime and Policing. It is ideally suited for those that hold a master’s degree and are currently working in the criminal justice field. Students will enhance their understanding of critical topics in criminal justice and gain the additional skills they need to contribute in leadership roles. This includes the ability to research, budget, organize and manage operations related to public safety.

Earn your Doctor of Criminal Justice

At Northcentral University, you can complete your Doctor of Criminal Justice program completely online, when it’s convenient for you. We have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements and no group projects. This allows you to earn your degree from anywhere in the world and complete coursework in a way that is convenient for you. We also offer a unique one-to-one learning model that provides you the guidance, attention and support you need to thrive.

Career Potential

  • Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agency Administrator
  • Local, State and Federal Corrections Administrator
  • Local, State and Federal Faculty Director
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Researcher
  • Postsecondary Instructor
Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Doctor of Criminal Justice Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 54 Credit Hours
Courses: 18 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 45 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Important Information for Students, Including Gainful Employment
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