Apply your experience to current issues in criminal justice.
Enhance your career with a professional doctorate in criminal justice, an online degree program from California University of Pennsylvania.
The first regionally accredited D.C.J. degree program in the United States, Cal U's
unique graduate program addresses the need for top criminal justice practitioners
to respond to current issues and policy changes.
Take a leadership role in our changing society.
The Doctor of Criminal Justice program provides these career benefits:
Strengthens skills in in-depth analysis, policy implementation and evaluation for
criminal justice professionals in Pennsylvania and across the United States.
Deepens understanding of real-world concerns such as federal consent decrees, police
use-of-force, wrongful convictions and reducing recidivism.
Develops leadership and provides a foundation for promotion, consulting or a second
Enables you to finish your doctorate in two years of part-time online study, including a comprehensive exam and research portfolio.
Two five-day summer residencies are your only on-campus program
Applied learning: The 42-credit doctorate program focuses on professional development and practical
approaches to major criminal justice issues. After passing a comprehensive exam, candidates
develop a professional portfolio based on theory and applied research relevant to
Collaboration: The D.C.J. program collaborates with the Pennsylvania Center for Criminological and
Forensic Sciences, based at Cal U. The center consults with working practitioners
and offers credentials such as a "Criminal Justice Instructor Development" certificate.
degree of its kind in the nation, the D.C.J. is recognized by the U.S. Department
of doctoral program graduate in criminal justice are employed outside of academia.
The D.C.J. program provides advanced education for students with a master's degree
in criminal justice, criminology or related fields such as law, anthropology, sociology,
psychology or public administration; a J.D. degree-holder with experience in criminal
justice may be considered.
Study topics that apply directly to your career.
Learn from expert, experienced Cal U faculty.
Complete your degree part-time, without stepping away from your job.
The D.C.J. program prepares career-focused individuals for leadership and higher-level
management positions in a variety of criminal justice professions. The program prepares
you for leadership roles in:
Federal, state and local police agencies.
Juvenile justice agencies.
Investigative units of district attorneys' offices.
Criminal Justice Courses - Online D.C.J. Program
The online courses in this professional doctorate degree program are designed to address
current issues of practical concern to the criminal justice profession and our society.
Leading Criminal Justice Agencies
Police Management for the 21st Century
Corrections: Crisis and Management
Advanced Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence for CJ Leaders
Contemporary Forensic Science and Technology for Criminal Justice Leaders
Understanding Civicl Liability for Crimainl Justice Managers