Why Earn Your Criminal Justice Degree at Saint Leo University?
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 Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.
This online Doctor of Criminal Justice in homeland security degree 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.
Doctorate of Criminal Justice: Homeland Security Program Details
The online DCJ homeland security program 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.
Learn Your Way:
Online, On Campus, or Near You
What are the on-campus facilities like?
Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them.
Criminal justice students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.
What are the benefits of earning your criminal justice degree online?
Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.
Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.
Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA
Are education centers near you offering criminal justice degree programs?
You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.
Saint Leo University offers specialization options for criminal justice students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing one of the following concentrations.
The online PhD Criminal Justice Education track's curriculum prepares learners for careers in teaching and criminal justice while allowing them to achieve proficiency in research, leadership, and ethical application of processes so they can have the greatest influence on this profession.
- EDU 706 - Instructional Technology
- EDU 709 - Technology Innovation and Diffusion
- EDU 723 - Power of Teacher Leader Innovation
The online doctorate in Criminal Justice Homeland Security track's curriculum prepares learners for careers in homeland security and criminal justice while allowing them to achieve proficiency in research, leadership, and ethical application of processes.
- DCJ 707 - Systems Approach to Homeland Security
- DCJ 712 - Terrorism, Domestic Radicalization
- DCJ 722 - Organizational and Community Resilience
No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.
How will you gain real experience?
Classroom learning is only part of the criminal justice degree program at Saint Leo University. We also know the value of hands-on experience. That is why internships and research projects are built into the curriculum. Saint Leo has a strong relationship with many internship organizations across the country, including Boys & Girls Club and Head Start.
Plus, our Career Services center is always available to help connect you with a variety of other experiential learning opportunities to fit your individual career goals.
What are the top criminal justice degree jobs?
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From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.
College of Education & Social Services
Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.
With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.
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University Campus, Theology
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Brent Patterson ’21
Center for Online Learning, Religious Studies
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Education Center, Education
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Karl Nyman ’22
University Campus, Biology
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Education Center, Management
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University Campus, Accounting
Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.