• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
If you are an experienced law enforcement professional, the Criminal Justice program at Liberty University can prepare you for senior leadership roles in criminal justice organizations at all levels of government. 
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Through the Criminal Justice program at Liberty University , you will learn how to assess and improve government and law enforcement organizations while mastering techniques in teaching and leadership. With training from experienced criminal justice scholars founded in a Christian worldview, Liberty’s Ph.D. in Criminal Justice can provide you with biblically-based training to lead effectively in your field with integrity.

To give you the right skills and expertise for your specific needs, Liberty offers a general Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and two areas of study in leadership and homeland security. With the Helms School of Government’s faculty of criminal justice and government professionals, you will get the training you need to lead in your field from industry experts who are excited to share their experience with you.

Why Choose Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Criminal Justice Program?

Liberty University provides training for leaders in the criminal justice field, all from a uniquely Christian perspective. Liberty’s instructors in the Helms School of Government have real-world experience in criminal justice and understand the critical issues of the field. You can excel in your field without compromising your principles with the advanced training you will gain in our online Ph.D. in Criminal Justice degree program.


Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Ph.D. in Criminal Justice courses will offer you advanced knowledge in a wide range of critical issues such as crime causation, comparative criminal justice systems, juvenile justice policies, and advanced corrections policies. 
  • In addition to these topics, you will study international crime and terrorism to gain expertise in the global impact of organized crime.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee
  • Official college transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    650 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 650 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    650 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 650 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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