PhD - Business Administration: Criminal Justice

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 finance, statistics, and leadership. Specialization coursework is intended to explore the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency as well as the ethics in criminal justice. 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 33 foundation credits, 15 specialization credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

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

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
BTM 7101 Doctoral Studies in Business
BTM 7300 Scholarly Literature Review
BUS 7110 The Business Environment
BUS 7120 Business Financial Systems
BUS 7130 Business Leadership & Strategy
BUS 7200Business Statistics
BUS 7310Introduction to Business Research Design & Methodology
BUS 7320 & BUS 7321
or
BUS 7330 & BUS 7331
Quantitative Business Research Design and Methodology & Directed Qualitative Research

Quantitative Business Research Design and Methodology & Directed Qualitative Research
Doctoral Level Elective Course 1
CMP 9700B PhD-BA Portfolio
Specialization Courses
CJ 7002 Delinquency and Criminal Justice
CJ 7006Illegal Maritime Narcotics and Migrant Smuggling
CJ 7009Institutional Corrections
CJ 7010Effective Police Tactics, Techniques, and Methodologies
CJ 7011Ethics and Criminal Justice
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902A The Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903A Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904A The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

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