Capella University's online PhD in Criminal Justice program prepares you to initiate positive change in the criminal justice system. This program includes online course work, residencies and research that address issues surrounding criminal behavior, prevention and intervention, the penal system, and community, state, and national public policy strategies.
The Building Blocks of Your PhD
Your PhD in Criminal Justice program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.
With your PhD in Criminal Justice from Capella, you'll employ informed social/political strategies in the field of criminal justice. You'll also learn to lead a criminal justice organization through the application of valid, reliable and ethical research. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.
View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.
Common jobs with an online PhD in Criminal Justice include adjunct or part-time faculty, correctional officer, cyber intelligence analyst, sheriff, drug enforcement officer, fire chief, law enforcement officer, polygraph examiner/operator, probation, parole, or correctional administrator or commissioner, security guard, victim specialist or youth services director. Potential workplaces include: corporate security firm, correctional facility or prison, federal government agency, land-based or online college or university, law enforcement organization, municipal court system or state government agency.
For a More In-Depth Study
With this area of study, Capella also offers a program concentration — an opportunity to delve deeper into your specific knowledge area. Your program concentration can be included in your transcript to potentially enhance career opportunities.
To learn more, call 1.866.933.5943, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.