Doctorate in Criminal Justice

Doctorate in Criminal Justice Online Doctorate (D.C.J.)

About the Online Doctorate in Criminal Justice

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 career.
  • Enables you to finish your doctorate in two years of part-time online study, including a comprehensive exam and doctoral research portfolio. One five-day summer residency is your only on-campus program requirement.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: DOCTORATE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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 doctoral research portfolio (professional dissertation) based on theory and applied research relevant to their careers.

Collaboration: The D.C.J. program collaborates with the Pennsylvania Center forInvestigative and Forensic Sciences, based at Cal U. The center consults with working practitioners and offers credentials such as a "Criminal Justice Instructor Development" certificate.

Membership: Cal U is a member of the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice.

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International Criminal Justice Practitioners and Academics Now Welcome to Apply! (Note: We are now authorized by U.S. government to issue visas for the program)

First in the Nation

A leader in comprehensive education in criminal justice and criminology, Cal U's D.C.J. is the first regionally accredited professional doctorate in Criminal Justice in the country and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education 

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Degree Benefits

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.
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Graduate Outcomes

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.
  • Sheriff's offices.
  • Corrections departments.
  • Juvenile justice agencies.
  • Investigative units of district attorneys' offices.

Criminal Justice Courses - Online D.C.J. Program

The online doctorate courses in this professional doctorate degree program are designed to address current issues of practical concern to the criminal justice profession and our society.

Curriculum
Course Credits
CRJ 800 Leading Criminal Justice Agencies 3
CRJ 805 Using Theory to Improve CJ Practice 3
CRJ 810 Improving the Administration of Juvenile Justice 3
CRJ 820 Police Management for the 21st Century 3
CRJ 830 Corrections: Crisis and Management 3
CRJ 840 Advanced Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence for CJ Leaders 3
CRJ 850 Contemporary Forensic Science and Technology for Criminal Justice Leaders 3
CRJ 860 Criminal Justice Training: Needs, Problems, Solutions 3
CRJ 870 Understanding Civil Liability for Criminal Justice Managers 3
CRJ 880 Adjudication: Achieving Justice More Often 3
CRJ 890 Applied Criminal Justice Research Methods for CJ Leaders 3
CRJ 895 Legal Research Methods for Criminal Justice Practitioners 3
CRJ 900 Case Studies in Criminal Justice Management 3
CRJ 910 Sentinel Event Reviews 3
Total 42

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Online Doctorate in Criminal Justice Faculty

Dr. Aref M. Al-Khattar
Professor

alkhattar@calu.edu

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Carl Benoit
Instructor

benoit@calu.edu

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Dr. John R. Cencich
Professor and Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences and Director of Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

cencich@calu.edu

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Dr. Raymond J. Hsieh
Professor
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Dr. Michael Hummel
Professor

hummel@calu.edu

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Dr. Beverly Ross
Assistant Professor and Director of the Serene Leadership Institute at Cal U

ross@calu.edu

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Dr. Mathilda Spencer
Assistant Professor
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Julie Warnick
Department Chair and Assistant Professor

warnick@calu.edu

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Dr. Christopher Wydra
Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator, B.S. Criminal Justice, Homeland and International Security Concentration (Online)
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