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D.C.J. Degree Program: Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Criminal Justice degree can be earned in as little as two years of part-time study.

The program includes 42 credits of:

  • 30 credit-hours of core courses
  • 6 credit-hours of applied criminal justice research courses
  • 6 credit-hours of culminating experience, including a professional research portfolio
  • A comprehensive written examination

Students must pass a comprehensive examination before moving on to doctoral candidacy. In this phase candidates complete two capstone courses and prepare a professional portfolio focused on theory and applied research. 

Year 121

CodeCourseCredits
CRJ 800Leading Criminal Justice Agencies3
CRJ 805Using Theory to Improve CJ Practice3
CRJ 810Improving the Administration of Juvenile Justice3
CRJ 820Police Management for the 21st Century3
CRJ 830Corrections: Crisis and Management3
CRJ 890 Applied Criminal Justice Research Methods for CJ Leaders3
CRJ 895Legal Research Methods for Criminal Justice Practitioners3

Year 215

CodeCourseCredits
CRJ 840Advanced Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence for CJ Leaders3
CRJ 850 Contemporary Forensic Science and Technology for Criminal Justice Leaders3
CRJ 860Criminal Justice Training: Needs, Problems, Solutions3
CRJ 870Understanding Civil Liability for Criminal Justice Managers3
CRJ 880Adjudication: Achieving Justice More Often3

Comprehensive Exam (Year 2)6

CodeCourseCredits
CRJ 900Case Studies in Criminal Justice Management3
CRJ 910Sentinel Event Reviews3

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