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Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement
PhD programs in criminal justice and law enforcement are designed to prepare graduates for high-level employment within the criminal justice system. These programs are highly focused on criminal law, criminal procedure, policing, investigation, and corrections. You might expect to earn your PhD in about five to seven years depending on your work schedule and other obligations you might have.
Finding an online program for your desired concentration can be difficult. Many schools now offer alternatives to their traditional programs, but each school can differ greatly in selection of specializations and programs. Several schools now specialize in online programs, including:
- Capella University
- Grand Canyon University
- Northcentral University
- University of the Rockies
- Walden University
My Degree and What It’s Good For
PhD programs in criminal justice and law enforcement can be put to good use in a variety of settings. Where you work and who you work for all depends on your area of interest and level of experience. However, with a PhD, your skill set and knowledge base will come in handy in such industries as:
- Federal Executive Branch
- State Government
- Local Government
- Postal Service
- Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
My Earning Potential
If you choose to work as a detective or criminal investigator, salaries look promising with a mean annual wage of $75,720 as of May 2011, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can also choose to work in academia as a professor or researcher. With a PhD, you’ll be prepared to assume a number of challenging roles. Where you end up largely depends on your area of interest, background, and career goals.