Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University, primarily located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree program. The Doctorate in Criminal Justice opens opportunity in areas of research, academia, and management to those who are ready to advance, as well as to individuals considering a career change.

The Ph.D. in Criminal Justice provides students and professionals with the training of essential concepts within the law enforcement field. Individuals will learn the advanced curriculum through an interdisciplinary focus of a broad range of courses. The program allows students to specialize in a particular concentration of law enforcement by offering several tracks within the Doctorate’s program. Students must choose one of the three tracks listed below and complete 15 credits within the track:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Juvenile Justice

Graduates may enter careers such as: Police Officer, Sheriff, Trooper/Highway Patrol Officer, Game Warden, Detective, Animal Cruelty Investigator, FBI Special Agent, Secret Service Special Agent, Federal Air Marshal, Correctional Officer, Parole Officer, Legal Assistant or Legal Researcher, Bail Enforcement Agent or Community Liaison Officer.

Students who choose to apply the Ph.D. as a social science can use the criminal justice education as a research method for identifying patterns of criminal behavior in an attempt to analyze the ability of society to control crime and delinquency. Researchers typically use an interdisciplinary approach to study crime in efforts to determine the cause and prevention of crime. Earning the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice will prepare professionals to examine, analyze and propose solutions to crime and problems in the justice system.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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