Criminal Justice (D.C.J.)

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Doctor of Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice - 42 credits (program code: 0660)

Program Description

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.

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.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery of coursework, with a one-week campus residency)

Curriculum - Doctor of Criminal Justice

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


Students in the Doctor of Criminal Justice program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

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For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

 John R. Cencich, J.S.D. (University of Notre Dame), Professor and Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences and Director of Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

Phone: 724-938-1576

Program Faculty 

Aref M. Alkhattar, Ph.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), M.A. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (University of Jordan), Professor

Carl Benoit, J.D. (Albany Law School), B.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Instructor

Raymond J. Hsieh, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Buffalo), M.S. (Rochester Institute of Technology), B.A. (Central Police University-Taiwan), Professor

Michael HummelPh.D. (Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), M.P.A. (Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs),  M.Phil. (Columbia University)  B.S. (University of the State of New York), A.S. (Troy State University), Professor

Philip Reichel, Ph.D., M.A. (Kansas State University), B.S. (Nebraska Wesleyan University), Associate Professor

Nikolas Roberts, Ph.D. (Saybrook University), M.S., B.S., B.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor

Beverly RossPh.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), M.A. (The Chicago School of Forensic Psychology), M.A. (Duquesne University), B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor and Director of the Serene Leadership Institute at Cal U

Mathilda SpencerPh.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), M.S. (Shippensburg University), B.A. (The Pennsylvania State University), Assistant Professor

Julie Warnick, J.D. (Thomas M. Cooley Law School)Department Chair and Associate Professor

Christopher Wydra, D.Sc. (Robert Morris University), M.S. (Duquesne University), B.S. (Point Park University),  Assistant Professor

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