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Northcentral University | Doctor of Criminal Justice - Homeland Security

Northcentral University is now offering a Doctor of Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security, for those interested in studying administrative-level topics in public safety and preparedness. Read on for more information about this program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Criminal Justice, Homeland Security specialization (DCJ)

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Northcentral University's Doctor of Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security is geared towards advanced students or law enforcement professionals who would like to further develop their knowledge and leadership skills in public administration, safety, emergency/disaster preparedness. All applicants to Northcentral University's online doctoral programs must have earned at least a master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution. Additional requirements may apply for certain programs.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Doctor of Criminal Justice, Homeland Security specialization is designed to expose students to emerging concepts in criminal justice as it relates to public safety and emergency management. Students have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive study of the definition and fundamentals of homeland security, while taking a critical look at U.S. intelligence operations as they interact with law enforcement. This program also includes an introduction to the National Incident Management System, affording students the chance to develop leadership and response skills, and gain a better understanding of community emergency resources and assistance. Before moving into the dissertation phase, students are given an opportunity to demonstrate their academic research and analysis skills by completing a pre-candidacy prospectus.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

54 credits

Financial Aid:

Grants, loans, scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available for qualifying students. For more information, contact Northcentral University's financial aid office.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Specialization:

This 54-credit program consists of 11 core courses, four dissertation courses, and three courses specializing in homeland security-related issues. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Criminal Justice Core Courses (33 credits)

  • Management Issues in Justice Agencies
  • Theory in Justice Administration
  • Ethics and Criminal Justice
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Strategic Planning
  • Scholarly Literature Review
  • Statistics I
  • Quantitative Research Design & Methodology
  • Qualitative Research Design and Methodology
  • Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Doctoral Dissertation Courses (12 credits)

  • Components of the Dissertation
  • The Dissertation Proposal
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Homeland Security Specialization Courses (9 credits)

  • Homeland Security and Terrorism
  • Local Emergency Management and Civil Preparedness
  • Intelligence and Law Enforcement

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Successful graduates of Northcentral University's Doctor of Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security may find themselves directing programs or agencies related to ensuring the safety of United States citizens through counter-terrorism efforts, intelligence or civil preparedness. Upon completion of this program, its graduates may also be well-prepared to contribute to this field in the academic arena as well, by conducting independent research into complex homeland security and law enforcement issues.

Potential career opportunities exist on the federal, state, and local levels, and may include:

  • Law enforcement agency administrator
  • Law enforcement agency analyst
  • Regulatory affairs manager
  • Emergency management director
  • Homeland security researcher
  • Criminal justice professor

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