Criminal Justice (Ph.D.) - Leadership

Criminal Justice (Ph.D.) - Leadership

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. 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
or CJUS 840 Stress Management in Criminal Justice
CJUS 830Criminal Justice Organizational Conflict3
Total Hours9
Leadership Cognate
CJUS 730Advanced Criminal Justice Leadership3
CJUS 732Strategic Planning in Criminal Justice3
CJUS 736Advanced Human Resources Development in Criminal Justice3
Total Hours9
Dissertation Courses 1
CJUS 885Research Concept3
CJUS 987Dissertation I5
CJUS 988Dissertation II5
CJUS 989Dissertation III 25
CJUS 990Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense 20
Total Hours18
1

Once the student enters the Dissertation phase, he/she must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed

2

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in CJUS 990 Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense (0 c.h.) after completing CJUS 989 Dissertation III (5 c.h.) may be required, as determined by the student's dissertation chair, to repeat CJUS 989 Dissertation III (5 c.h.) until deemed ready for enrollment in CJUS 990 Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense (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
  • Liberty University course work that is more than 7 years old may not apply towards this degree. Students are required to repeat the course if it has exceeded the age limit.
  • Successful completion of Research Concept
  • Successful defense of Dissertation
  • 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
 Hours9
Second Semester
CJUS 703 Advanced Corrections Policy 3
CJUS 740 Advanced Research Design 3
CJUS 745 Quantitative Methods of Research 3
 Hours9
Third Semester
CJUS 730 Advanced Criminal Justice Leadership 3
CJUS 750 Qualitative Methods of Research 3
CJUS 801 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation 3
 Hours9
Fourth Semester
CJUS 732 Strategic Planning in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 736 Advanced Human Resources Development in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 810 Transnational Organized Crime 3
 Hours9
Fifth Semester
CJUS 820
Advanced Topics in Terrorism and Intelligence
or Stress Management in Criminal Justice
3
CJUS 830 Criminal Justice Organizational Conflict 3
CJUS 885 Research Concept 3
 Hours9
Sixth Semester
CJUS 987 Dissertation I 5
 Hours5
Seventh Semester
CJUS 988 Dissertation II 5
 Hours5
Eighth Semester
CJUS 989 Dissertation III 1 5
 Hours5
Ninth Semester
CJUS 990 Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense 1 0
 Hours0
 Total Hours60
1

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in CJUS 990 after completing CJUS 989 may be required, as determined by the student's dissertation chair, to repeat CJUS 989 until deemed ready for enrollment in CJUS 990.

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