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Doctorate Degree in Criminal Justice Online (DCJ) - Homeland Security

Why Pursue a Doctorate Degree in Criminal Justice Online with a specialization in Homeland Security at Saint Leo?

Earning your doctorate degree in criminal justice online at Saint Leo University will provide greater opportunities for advancement in your career. The College of Education & Social Services' online Doctor of Criminal Justice in Homeland Security provides an advanced study for those who are interested in furthering their criminal justice careers, growing their knowledge base, and enhancing their professional practice in this field.

Graduates of the DCJ program with a specialization in Homeland Security can expect to have acquired and honed the skills necessary to become top leaders within criminal justice organizations and private-sector firms. Saint Leo is excited and honored to take an active part in that growth, which is why this degree is now offered via the College’s convenient online format, along with three short residencies held on long weekends throughout the course of the program at University Campus in Florida, as well as at Saint Leo’s Education Centers in Virginia Beach, VA and Atlanta, GA.

This doctorate degree in criminal justice online program offers a comprehensive curriculum on the ins-and-outs of homeland security best practices and strategic decision-making in terms of protecting the United States from ongoing and ever-increasing threats.

The program is 60 credit hours in length and can be completed within three and a half years by attending classes in fall, spring, and summer terms.

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Why choose the Doctor of Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University?

Instead of schoolwork being an obligation that is in direct competition with the student’s work schedule, the curriculum actually functions in unison with it. This is because this program was designed in a way where course assignments and projects (including dissertation) can be easily integrated into a work environment.

Additionally, the DCJ program with a specialization in Homeland Security is a cohort model, providing the flexibility of online courses with three short residencies held throughout the program. This enables students to customize the coursework to their home and work schedules, while still providing the opportunity to engage with one another, further actualizing their course, program, and professional goals.

Students are also offered continuous support as they pursue their DCJ in Homeland Security degree. This support is available during the life of the program, which consists of courses being offered every eight weeks so students are able to complete this advanced program within three and a half years.

Another notable differentiation from other programs is that dissertation chairs are assigned early in the program. These chairs work along with the instructors, providing maximum benefit for the students as they work toward the completion of their dissertation.

Flexibility for the working professional.

Wherever you are on your journey, Saint Leo will meet you there. Turn any computer into a vibrant, interactive classroom – day or night. Set your own weekly study schedule anywhere, any time. All of our online students receive the same educational degrees as campus-based students, benefiting from faculty who are experienced professionals.

Contact your Graduate Admissions Counselor for more information on fitting a Doctor of Criminal Justice degree into your life.

Additional education, licensure or certifications, and work experience may be required.
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Please note that accepted candidates for the Doctor of Criminal Justice in Homeland Security (DCJ) program, in the continuation of the admission process, are required to pay a non-refundable $250 Commitment Tuition Deposit. This deposit will be applied toward the first term tuition enrollment. Click here to submit your Commitment Tuition Deposit now. 


Where can you work with a Doctor of Criminal Justice degree in Homeland Security?

With homeland security becoming a critical function of criminal justice today, graduates who attain this doctoral degree may find opportunities as:

  • Leaders within an organization focused on criminal law, public safety, social services, etc. 
  • Consultants for a private firm focused on criminal justice
  • Consultants for a government agency focused on criminal justice
  • Academic researchers or instructors in higher education






Professional Development

This advanced degree fully prepares graduates for success by enhancing personal development skills including and related to:

  • Advancement within the field of criminal justice
  • Academic knowledge for dealing with complex criminal justice issues
  • Teaching within educational institutions at the graduate level
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