Doctor of Philosophy in Human 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

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s), Resume/CV

Additional Info

  • This program requires at least two on-campus residencies.

Restricted States

Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota