Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Criminal Justice

Walden University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Criminal Justice

Walden University

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Criminal Justice

This specialization is designed for criminal justice professionals, including supervisors and managers in policing, courts, corrections, security, and associated support agencies, who aspire to move into upper-level management and administrative assignments. The coursework includes an in-depth review and discussion of contemporary decision-making models and issues confronting the American criminal justice system.

Completion Requirements

  • 82 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (35 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Foundation Research Sequence (12 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days
  • Minimum of 8–9 quarters enrollment depending on the transfer of credits awarded

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

Core Courses

  • PPPA 8000 Foundations for Doctoral Study, or
  • PPPA 8000i Foundations for Doctoral Studies for International Students
  • PPPA 8405 Ethics and Social Justice
  • PPPA 8431 Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
  • PPPA 8465 Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
  • PPPA 8111 Leadership and Organizational Change
  • PPPA 8115 Writing a Quality Prospectus
  • PPPA 8112 Governance and Public Policy

Choose one of the following three courses to complete the Core Courses requirement:

  • RSCH 8450 Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
  • RSCH 8350 Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • RSCH 8250 Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses

  • PPPA 8137 The Nature of Crime and Criminology
  • PPPA 8215 Controversies in Criminal Justice
  • PPPA 8217 Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime

Foundation Research Sequence

  • Course Code Course Title Credits
  • RSCH 8100P Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • RSCH 8200P Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • RSCH 8300P Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis


  • PPPA 9000 Dissertation

Career Options

Whether you’re interested in furthering your own research or entering the private sector, a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration can position you for a range of careers. Career options include:

  • College professor
  • Academic administrator
  • Senior level public executive
  • Legislative aide
  • Government affairs officer
  • Senior level nonprofit manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Research director
  • Private consultant

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


Aligned with Walden University’s mission of social change, this online Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration program allows you to benefit from:

A unique international focus that benefits you whether you’re a domestic student seeking a global viewpoint or an international student looking to advance your understanding of U.S. best practices in policy management.

A dissertation experience that you can tailor to your own interests and expertise, without the usual academic boundaries. Walden’s experienced faculty is here to guide and support you at every stage of the dissertation process.

Four academic residencies that support your progress at key points in your doctoral journey. Residencies enrich your learning experience by enabling you to meet face to face with peers, staff, and faculty while gaining skills to prepare you for your dissertation.

A diverse global faculty of scholar-practitioners, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, with experience in developing effective public policy nationally as well as internationally.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Discuss leadership concepts and theories that have been used to effectively lead and manage in the public sector.
  2. Analyze evidence-based research, theories, and models used to promote participation in public and nonprofit policy processes.
  3. Develop solutions for problems related to public policy and public administration using theory and research.
  4. Ethically apply the major theories and concepts of public policy and public administration within organizations.
  5. Evaluate models and best practices utilizing diverse perspectives in local, state, national and international public agencies by using evidence-based research.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 9, 2015
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