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

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


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
  • 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

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