PhD - Business Administration: Criminal Justice

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice program at Northcentral University is designed to examine real-life dilemmas within the criminal justice system as well as legal traditions and codes within local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies. Learn more about the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Core business topics addressed in Northcentral University's online Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice program include business law, ethics, finance and accounting, marketing, management and leadership, global business, and business information systems. Specialization coursework is intended to explore the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency as well as the structure and traits of organized criminal gangs. You'll also have the chance to learn about maritime threats and illegal activities, including narcotic and migrant smuggling. Additional topics include best police practices specific to agency collaboration, evidence collection, and psychological profiling.

What Are the Prerequisites?

A master's degree from an accredited university is required before applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice program. You may also have experience as a law enforcement or legal professional.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 60 credits, although up to an additional 15 credits may be allowed for dissertation research. The program consists of 12 foundation credits, 18 research credits, 15 specialization credits, three doctoral comprehensive examination credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Foundation Courses
BTM 7101-8 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business
MGT 7019-8 Ethics in Business
SKS 7000-8 Doctoral Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
BTM 8104-8 Statistics I
Research Courses
BTM 8102-8 Business Research Methodology
BTM 8103-8 Research Design
BTM 8108-8 Qualitative Research Design
BTM 8107-8 Statistics II
BTM 8106-8 Quantitative Research Design
BTM 8109-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Business
Specialization Courses
Select five courses from the following:
CJ 7002-8 Delinquency and Criminal Justice
CJ 7004-8 Organized Criminal Gangs
CJ 7006-8 Illegal Maritime Activities
CJ 7007-8 Criminal Justice Research Methods
CJ 7009-8 Institutional Corrections
CJ 7010-8 Effective Police Tactics, Techniques, and Methodologies
CJ 7011-8 Ethics and Criminal Justice
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
CMP 9500B Doctoral Comprehensive Examination - Business (PhD)
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9501B Doctoral Dissertation Research I
DIS 9502B Doctoral Dissertation Research II
DIS 9503B Doctoral Dissertation Research III
DIS 9504B Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice program, you could be able to pursue advanced opportunities within higher education institutions, research organizations, the courts, correctional institutions, private security organizations, and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Depending on your professional experience, you could pursue positions such as:

  • Police Chief
  • Security Consultant
  • Postsecondary Professor
  • Research Associate