Whether you aspire to be a leader or a scholar and professor in the criminal justice arena, Walden University’s online PhD in Criminal Justice program can prepare you with the skills you need for career advancement.

  • Ours is one of the first online criminal justice doctoral programs available to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Choose from seven specializations, including Online Teaching in Higher Education.
  • Attend face-to-face residencies, which enhance both your development as a scholar-practitioner and your ability to effect positive social change.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: April 10, 2017

Duration: 53 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 38 credits

Choose from the General Program, or the specializations below:

  • Emergency Management

    Explore the ethical issues that need to be managed during crisis, and become prepared to lead effectively in emergency situations.

  • Global Leadership

    Gain an understanding of international environments, communities, sustainability frameworks, and more.

  • Homeland Security Policy and Coordination

    Explore recent trends and issues within homeland security, and learn how to implement protective measures and policies.

  • Justice Administration

    Study theoretical perspectives on the causations of crimes, and the latest modalities in managing crisis.

  • Law and Public Policy

    Gain a deeper understanding of law and legal situations in the workplace through our Law and Public Policy specialization.

  • Online Teaching in Higher Education

    Explore the foundations of instructional design and delivery so you can inspire future criminal justice professionals to further their careers.

  • Public Management and Leadership

    Develop strategies for instituting transformative change that inspires employees and shapes public policy.

Program Tracks

The PhD in Criminal Justice features two tracks, depending on your previous education.

  • Track I: This program of study is for students who have a master’s degree in criminal justice or a related field.
  • Track II: This program of study is for students who have a master’s degree in a discipline other than criminal justice.

More about our PhD in Criminal Justice program

  • Career Options

    Walden’s PhD in Criminal Justice can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:*

    • Professor/instructor
    • Research consultant
    • Consultant to law enforcement agency
    • City administrator
    • Police captain
    • Bureau chief
    • Criminal investigator
    • Sheriff, deputy, or patrol officer

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

  • Entry Requirements

    A master's degree or higher is required for entrance into the PhD in Criminal Justice program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the PhD in Criminal Justice program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

Why earn your PhD in Criminal Justice at Walden?

  • Doctoral-Level Faculty

    All faculty have relevant and practical experience in the field.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Two Tracks Offered

    Find a track that fits your goals, based on your previous education.



“Having an advanced degree allowed me to gain new job duties and responsibilities,which will in turn help me in all areas of my life."

Meleny Thomas | PhD in Public Policy and Administration Student