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
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School Accreditation & Licensing
California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationMaster Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Essay/Writing Sample, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent
- 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.