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Total program credits needed for graduation: 96

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5828, 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.

Core Courses

Twenty-Two Required Courses, 80 quarter credits

PSL7010
21st-Century Communication and Leadership (4 quarter credits)
PSL7020
Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World (4 quarter credits)
PSL7030*
Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research (4 quarter credits)
CRJ7015*
Criminal Justice Theory (4 quarter credits)
CRJ7025*
Justice, Security, and Democracy (4 quarter credits)
CRJ7035*
Criminal Justice Policy and Administration (4 quarter credits)
CRJ8015*
Assessing Criminal Justice Theory (4 quarter credits)
CRJ8025*
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (4 quarter credits)
CRJ8035*
Globalization and the Criminal Justice System (4 quarter credits)
CRJ8045
Analysis of Crime Data (4 quarter credits)
PSL7860*
Survey of Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
PSL7864*
Quantitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL7868*
Qualitative Design and Analysis (4 quarter credits)
PSL-R8925*
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 (3 quarter credits)
PSL-R8926*
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 (3 quarter credits)
PSL-R8927*
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3 (3 quarter credits)

Choose one from the following courses:

PSL8110*
Advanced Qualitative Analysis in Public Service Leadership (4 quarter credits) OR
PSL8120*
Multivariate Analysis in Public Service Leadership (4 quarter credits)

Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of all required course work:

PSL9919*
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 quarter credits)

Dissertation Courseroom

Learners must register for PSL9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

PSL9960*
Dissertation Courseroom (3 quarter credits each)

Elective Courses

16 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take one to two courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 20 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5828, 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.