PhD in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy

Walden University

Program Description

PhD in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy

Walden University

PhD in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy

Whether you want a deeper understanding of the law or are encountering public policy questions in the workplace, this specialization can prepare you with vital foundational knowledge. Examine key legal concepts, landmark cases, and current trends as you explore the link between law and public policy. You will also gain access to important legal knowledge that is available to public policy practitioners.

Track I is a program of study for students who have a master’s degree in criminal justice or a related field.

Completion Requirements

  • 77 total quarter credits
    • Introductory courses (6 cr.)
    • Core courses (36 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


Walden’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice program features:

  • Multiple specializations, including a unique Online Teaching in Higher Education specialization for students who wish to pursue a career as a professor or instructor.
  • Scholar-practitioner faculty members who are active as subject matter experts in the field of criminal justice and have years of hands-on experience.
  • Face-to-face residencies designed to enhance both your development as a scholar-practitioner and your ability to effect positive social change.

When you choose Walden’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, but it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn.


As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the root causes of crime and its impact on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Evaluate philosophies on managing human resources in criminal justice organizations.
  • Synthesize theory and research on the historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice.
  • Apply data analysis techniques and research design methods to scholarly research in criminal justice.
  • Evaluate the role of the criminal justice system in advancing social justice and positive social change.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


The turbulent times we live in have necessitated a nationwide focus on criminal justice, emergency management, and public safety. Whether you aspire to lead in the workplace or the classroom, Walden’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice can prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed to advance in your profession.

According to the employment website Indeed, the number of job postings related to PhD criminal justice have increased 200% over the last five years.

With a General Program and six specializations to choose from, Walden’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:

  • Professor/instructor
  • Government contractor
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Research consultant
  • Consultant to law enforcement agency
  • City administrator
  • Police captain
  • Bureau chief
  • Corrections facility director
  • Warden
  • Police chief
  • Private investigator
  • Probation or parole officer
  • Corrections specialist, supervisor, or officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Sheriff, deputy, or patrol officer
  • Director of homeland security
  • Director of emergency management
  • Senior criminal justice associate
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
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Sept. 2016
Part time
Full time
550 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Price 550 USD
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