Criminal Justice (D.C.J.) - Homeland Security

Criminal Justice (D.C.J.) - Homeland Security

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
CJUS 700Theories of Crime3
CJUS 701Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
CJUS 702Advanced Juvenile Justice Policy3
CJUS 703Advanced Corrections Policy3
Total Hours12
Research & Evaluation Core Courses
CJUS 740Advanced Research Design3
CJUS 745Quantitative Methods of Research3
CJUS 750Qualitative Methods of Research3
CJUS 801Criminal Justice Program Evaluation3
Total Hours12
Advanced Focus Courses
CJUS 810Transnational Organized Crime3
CJUS 820Advanced Topics in Terrorism and Intelligence3
CJUS 830Criminal Justice Organizational Conflict3
or CJUS 840 Stress Management in Criminal Justice
Total Hours9
Homeland Security Cognate
HLSC 710Contemporary Issues in Cyber Security and WMD (CBRNE) Threat Analysis3
HLSC 720Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection3
HLSC 730Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Strategies3
Total Hours9
Capstone Courses 1
CJUS 885Research Concept3
CJUS 887Capstone I5
CJUS 888Capstone II5
CJUS 889Capstone III 25
CJUS 890Capstone IV 20
Total Hours18

Once the student enters the Capstone phase, they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed.


Any student who is not ready for enrollment in CJUS 890 Capstone IV (0 c.h.) after completing CJUS 889 Capstone III (5 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student's dissertation chair, to repeat CJUS 889 Capstone III (5 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in CJUS 890 Capstone IV (0 c.h.).

  All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful completion of Capstone Project
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
CJUS 700 Theories of Crime 3
CJUS 701 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
CJUS 702 Advanced Juvenile Justice Policy 3
Second Semester
CJUS 703 Advanced Corrections Policy 3
CJUS 740 Advanced Research Design 3
CJUS 745 Quantitative Methods of Research 3
Third Semester
CJUS 750 Qualitative Methods of Research 3
CJUS 801 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation 3
HLSC 710 Contemporary Issues in Cyber Security and WMD (CBRNE) Threat Analysis 3
Fourth Semester
CJUS 810 Transnational Organized Crime 3
HLSC 720 Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection 3
HLSC 730 Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Strategies 3
Fifth Semester
CJUS 820 Advanced Topics in Terrorism and Intelligence 3
CJUS 830
Criminal Justice Organizational Conflict
or Stress Management in Criminal Justice
CJUS 885 Research Concept 3
Sixth Semester
CJUS 887 Capstone I 5
Seventh Semester
CJUS 888 Capstone II 5
Eighth Semester
CJUS 889 Capstone III 1 5
Ninth Semester
CJUS 890 Capstone IV 1 0
 Total Hours60

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in CJUS 890 after completing CJUS 889 may be required, as determined by the student's dissertation chair, to repeat CJUS 889 until deemed ready for enrollment in CJUS 890.

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