Doctor in Criminal Justice
California University of Pennsylvania

Program Details

The online Doctor in Criminal Justice program equips professionals to handle current criminal justice issues and policy changes. The curriculum develops skills in in-depth analysis, policy implementation, and evaluation; deepens understanding of real-world concerns in the field; and provides a foundation for leadership within the criminal justice field. Coursework covers subjects such as correctional system crisis management, twenty-first century policing practices, civil liability training, and legal research methods.

Graduates go on to careers in higher-level management positions in: 

  • Federal, state and local police agencies
  • Sheriff's offices
  • Corrections departments
  • Juvenile justice agencies

% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires one five-day summer residency on campus
  • Earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent in criminal justice, criminology or a cognate discipline such as law, anthropology, sociology, psychology or public administration.  J.D. degree with demonstrated professional experience in criminal justice will also be considered.