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Criminal Justice Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 96

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

Required Courses

22 Required Courses, 80 course quarter credits

PSL7010, PSL7020, and PSL7030 taken in a prescribed sequence.

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 OR 4 quarter credits
PSL8120* Multivariate Analysis in Public Service Leadership 4 quarter credits

Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of all required coursework:

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.


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If you have elective courses yet to satisfy in your program, you may be able to add a concentration and satisfy those degree requirements at the same time, with no additional program cost or time commitment. Concentrations available for this program include:

  • Continuity Management
  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management

What Can I Expect?

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.

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Transfer Credits

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

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Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, 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 with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

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