Doctor of Philosophy in Human & Social Services / Criminal Justice
Walden University

Program Details

This PhD in Human and Social Services from Walden University offers a specialization in Criminal Justice. Students will examine factors that contribute to criminal behavior, identify key challenges facing the criminal justice system, and explore how human services professionals can help address those problems.

Classes in this online Criminal Justice degree program discuss traditional and contemporary intervention and rehabilitation approaches for victims and offenders. Graduates can pursue leadership, policy, and planning roles within prison facilities, probation and parole programs, the Bureau of Prisons, the Department of Justice, or rehabilitation programs. This online Human Services degree program offers two tracks: Track I is designed for students with a master’s degree related to Human Services; Track II is a pathway for students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an unrelated field.

Students will study topics including:

  • Historical and contemporary issues in criminal justice
  • Treatment of forensic populations
  • Forensic applications in community settings


  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.
  • Master's degree or higher
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Additional materials may be requested

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island