Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice
Nova Southeastern University

Program Details

The online PhD in Criminal Justice degree program from Nova Southeastern University is designed to open opportunity in areas of research, academia, and management to those who are ready to advance in the field as well as to individuals considering a career change. This degree can lead to a career in administration (social policy), academia, research, and upper-level jobs as criminal investigators, correctional authorities, consultants, or criminologists. There are three concentrations available to suit students' personal interests and professional goals:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Behavioral Science
  • Juvenile Justice


  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or a master's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Three letters of recommendation from current professors, employers, supervisors, or similar people most familiar with the applicant's professional experience
  • Official electronic transcripts
  • Personal statement of 300 words detailing the applicant's goals in research interests and special qualifications for the program
  • Copy of current curriculum vitae
  • Interview
  • One of the following:
    • Copy of completed master's thesis or equivalent capstone deliverable; the paper must reflect original work, be exclusively of the applicant's authorship and should have been supervised and evaluated by a faculty member
    • GRE score of 300 or better on the combined verbal and quantitative sections based on the new score reports (Effective November 2011) or a combined score of 1000 or better on the old score reports
    • Sample of published work from a refereed publication within the criminal justice or related discipline
    • Successful completion of J.D. or doctorate in related field

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges