May 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Criminal Justice, Doctorate

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The Doctor of Criminal Justice (D.C.J.) program focuses on contemporary criminal justice issues in the United States and is aimed at achieving justice more often.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop applied decision-making and organizational leadership skills that can be used to address a variety of major contemporary issues in criminal justice.
  • Develop cultural competence as applied to community policing and community relations generally.
  • Support ethical practices in various criminal justice settings so as to ensure fairness and avoid consequences for organizations.
  • Develop training needs assessment tools, the ability to deliver training programs effectively, and the skills to measure outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an expert knowledge of the real-world practical aspects of substantive and procedural law relative to problems and issues in criminal justice.
  • Apply criminal justice theory to a wide span of issues facing today’s criminal justice leaders.
  • Assess critically the needs of the field of corrections and the juvenile justice system so as to ensure justice, minimize recidivism, and rehabilitate offenders and delinquent minors.
  • Critique the criminal justice system in order to develop plans that can be implemented with the view toward achieving justice more often.
  • Construct and execute criminal justice plans designed to minimize civil liability exposure with a particular emphasis on constitutional policing and corrections.
  •  Evaluate and interpret evidence-based data effectively and apply results in unique criminal justice-related situations.
  • Appraise and select appropriate technologies for finding, retrieving, and analyzing evidence-based literature for the purpose of utilizing in a wide range of criminal justice settings.
  • Prepare various forms of professional memoranda incorporating Bluebook style citations and references for laws and other legal sources.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Core Credits Required: 42

Total Number of Credits to Complete the Program: 42

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