For requirements, objectives, or a more detailed description of the program, please see the graduate catalog
Ask any law enforcement agency—for example, our educational partners at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BCO)—to combat crime effectively, decision-makers need to be armed with all the facts. It takes more than a clear understanding of the law and insight into the mind of a criminal. The ability to research and critically analyze root causes to offer practical long-term solutions is also essential.
Bottom line: The right education can help you assess, present and implement those solutions as well as effectively lead criminal justice efforts. The right education can be found at Keiser University. Our Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology offers the expertise—and the credential—you need to make your mark in the field of criminal justice.
Up to 18 credits of transfer credits
Career opportunities in law enforcement, the courts, and more.
Financial aid for those who qualify**
** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.
* Time to completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.
Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology offers a thorough overview of criminal justice and criminological theory. Coursework for the PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology covers how to evaluate an agency’s ability to meet community safety needs, analyze deficiencies in criminology services and assess contemporary criminal justice systems and their policies and practices. Students will also investigate what it takes to ethically and effectively lead criminal justice efforts within local communities and human and social service agencies as well as in the private sector.
Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this criminal justice PhD program or one of dozens of graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer a number of learning options, including both on-campus and online delivery formats.
Through our PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology, we help criminal justice and criminology students gain the skills and expertise needed to pursue relevant leadership and research positions for any number of agencies, from the federal government to city and state agencies.
This PhD in criminal justice and criminology program offers the highest level of educational value to help students be successful in today’s criminal justice community. We give students the tools needed to:
Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology enables students to better contribute to the field of criminal justice with:
The Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology produces students capable of making contributions to the criminal justice and criminology discipline through the academic and applied components of the discipline. Curriculum is designed to ensure graduates are well equipped to participate in criminological positions emphasizing research and statistics, theory, and administration of justice.
Keiser University offers two matriculating doctoral program paths toward earning a PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Take your career in the field of criminal justice to the next level by pursuing coursework for your PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology through the:
Note: Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for two dissertation courses per semester.
To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology degree, students with a master’s degree must earn 54 graduate semester credit hours as described below. To be eligible, students must have completed all degree requirements of the MA in Criminal Justice. The length of the master’s entry program is approximately 36-40 months.
Upper Division Courses
|Proseminar in Criminal Justice and Criminology||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminological Theory||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Criminological Theory||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Justice Policies and Practices||3.0 credit hours|
|Police and Society||3.0 credit hours|
|Criminal Justice Program Evaluation||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Criminal Justice Leadership||3.0 credit hours|
|Crime and Punishment||3.0 credit hours|
|Special Topics||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Research Design||3.0 credit hours|
|Quantitative Research I||3.0 credit hours|
|Quantitative Research II||3.0 credit hours|
|Qualitative Research||3.0 credit hours|
|Advanced Research: Pre‐Proposal and Literature Review||3.0 credit hours|
|Dissertation||12.0 credit hours (6 courses at 2 credits each)|
Note: Doctoral students must complete two residencies: one in the first year of the program and the second prior to Dissertation.
Upon graduation of our doctoral program, you will have earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology as well as gained the abilities you need to:
Through this advanced criminal justice and criminology program, you will possess a deeper understanding of every aspect of criminal justice as well as the skills needed to pursue and excel in relevant leadership or research positions, such as:
Whether you can come to campus or you need to earn an online PhD criminal justice and criminology degree, Keiser University has the education you need to elevate your criminal justice career! Learn more about our Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology today by Requesting More Info now!
We understand that today’s students have many responsibilities and obligations in their lives. At Keiser, we deliver the same quality education through different scheduling options to accommodate busy schedules. Whether you choose day, evening, or online classes, chances are, you will find a schedule that fits yours and allows you to fulfill one of the most important commitments you can make – a commitment to your education.