Doctor of Management - Criminal Justice

For those looking to refine their management skills in the Criminal Justice field, there’s Colorado Technical University’s Doctor of Management with a Concentration in Criminal Justice (DM-CJ) degree program. This comprehensive program is designed to foster leadership skills and encourage the professional development of those with a professional or educational background in CJ and can be completed in three years.

This degree program combines mentoring from CTU faculty, action research, and practical projects in order to enable Criminal Justice professionals to learn to become management experts. Doctoral students also have the opportunity to attend Doctoral Symposia which are intended to give students the opportunity to attend workshops led by subject experts, meet with their student cohort and CTU doctoral staff, discuss challenges, and learn more about research and scholarship.

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Doctor of Management with a Concentration in Criminal Justice degree program includes 96 quarter credit hours of required instruction. These credit hours are broken down into general education and core education courses. The general education courses speak to high-level management as a whole, while the core education courses cover concepts and knowledge specific to Criminal Justice.

    Students admitted into this concentration must have a Criminal Justice background through higher education, professional experience or both. Graduates from this program are intended to acquire expert-level knowledge in the Criminal Justice field and actively contribute to the scholarly Body of Knowledge through publishing and presenting at conferences.

    In total, the DM-CJ consists of:

    General education: These courses, shared with other Doctor of Management concentrations, encourage students to become effective leaders and managers. These General Education courses stress management theory, ethics, diversity, and application of action. In total, the general education component of the DM-CJ degree program requires a minimum of 76 quarter credit hours.

    Key general education courses in the program include Leadership Theory and Development, Practice and Theory of Consulting and Intervention, and Qualitative/Quantitative Research Methods.

    Courses covering the dissertation are represented in the general education credit hour quantity provided above.

    Core education: The core education courses in this program address real-world scenarios and problems that face leaders in all three areas of Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections. There are five core education courses in the DM-CJ program, resulting in 20 total quarter credit hours.

    Included in the core education for this program are courses on Ethical Practices in Criminal Justice Leadership, Criminal Justice Organization and Management, Diversity in Society and Criminal Justice, Issues and trends in Today’s Criminal Justice Organizations and Collaboration and Cooperation Within and Among Criminal Justice Agencies.

    Dissertation: As a graduation requirement, students in the DM-CJ program must make a successful defense of an extensive dissertation. This dissertation requires a literature review, major study, and research proposal approved by the student’s committee.

    In total, the DM-CJ program includes 10 core instructional courses, five concentration instructional courses, and nine doctoral research courses. Doctoral programs at Colorado Technical University require a residential symposium. Additional information about CTU's doctoral symposium can be located in the Doctoral Symposium section of the Course Catalog.

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    Courses - Core
    MGMT802Management Theory4
    MGMT808Management and Ethics4
    MGMT818Leadership Theory and Development4
    MGMT822Application of Action Research4
    MGMT824Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment4
    MGMT828Practice and Theory of Consulting and Intervention4
    MGMT832Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking4
    RES804Principles of Research Methods and Design4
    RES812Qualitative Research Methods4
    RES814Quantitative Research Methods4
    RES860Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing4
    RES861Doctoral Research II: Annotated Bibliography4
    RES862Dissertation Research Process4
    RES863Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review4
    RES864Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods4
    RES865Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction4
    RES866Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings4
    RES867Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion4
    RES868Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion4
    Total Credit Hours:76
    CJUS870Ethics and the Criminal Justice Leader 4
    CJUS872Criminal Justice Organization and Management4
    CJUS874Collaboration and Cooperation Within and Among Criminal Justice Agencies4
    CJUS876Diversity in Society and Criminal Justice4
    CJUS878Issues and Trends in Today’s Criminal Justice Organizations4
    Total Credit Hours:20

    Total Credit Hours: 96

    The Doctor of Management (DM) at Colorado Technical University is the terminal degree for management professionals. The program prepares students to think and act strategically and enhance their abilities to make positive contributions in their chosen area of management expertise. The program emphasizes three sets of competencies: (1) Research and Writing; (2) Leadership and Change Management; and (3) the specific Concentration discipline.

    The program thus includes ten core instructional courses, five concentration instructional courses, plus nine doctoral research courses. Each class is conducted online.


    In addition, graduation requires successful defense of a dissertation that requires a literature review and a research proposal. The research proposal must be approved by the student’s committee, consisting of a mentor and two readers. The dissertation is an extensive document that incorporates the literature review, a major study, and a proposal for further investigation. The dissertation must be approved by the student’s committee.

    Graduation Requirements

    In addition to the successful completion of the above 96 credit hours with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete and defend their research with a dissertation.


    Doctoral programs at Colorado Technical University require a residential symposium. Additional information about CTU's doctoral symposium can be located in the Doctoral Symposium section of this catalog.

    Degree Completion and Post-Doctoral Study

    The student must be continuously enrolled until meeting all graduation requirements. A student who has not completed the research requirements by the end of the formal coursework continues by registering for RES893 Dissertation Research Continuation according to CTU’s re-take policy.

    CTU offers a Post-Doctoral Certificate for applicants with a terminal degree from a regionally accredited program. This program offers accelerated applications of management theories and research design methods. Students must demonstrate advanced knowledge in a field of study through research and scholarship. Each candidate will be appointed a distinguished mentor at the beginning of their program to supervise research and guide scholarly goals. Candidates will be required to publish their research in a CTU approved peer reviewed journal.

    To receive a Post-Doctoral Certificate students must successfully complete the five concentration courses offered in their selected program of study. Students are required to produce and publish the results of their postdoctoral research in a CTU approved peer reviewed journal. Due to the temporary nature of postdoctoral programs, candidates must complete the program within a maximum of three years (extension may be granted by the Provost or Vice Provost). Candidates are required to be continuously enrolled in RES893 until their research publication is accepted by a CTU approved peer reviewed journal.

    The Doctoral Advantage

    While a relevant master’s degree is ordinarily required for admission to CTU doctoral programs, there is also the option of completing a CTU MBA or MSM while starting work on the Doctor of Management. The program outcomes remain the same for the DM and the MBA or MSM under this option, but the normal completion time for the degrees in the combined program is reduced. Through this program, doctoral work is started after completing ten of the twelve required master’s courses. Program plans must be approved by the Provost, Vice Provost, Dean or Director for Graduate Programs. In no case will a master’s concentration be awarded unless all of the concentration courses (with the exception of a capstone course) have been completed.

    The MBA or MSM degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the ten approved master’s courses plus two approved DM courses.

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    $57,408 Tuition

    $4,000 Symposium Fee*
    $200 Graduation Fee

    We understand that paying for your education is an investment in your future. Visit our tuition resources page for links to full tuition, books and fees.

    *A $1,000 non-refundable fee is charged to a student’s account each quarter in which a student is registered for symposium (attendance at four symposia are required as part of the degree). This fee covers administrative costs such as conference rooms, AV equipment, academic event materials and supplies that are associated with the symposium event. Please see the Doctoral Symposium section of the catalog for more information.
    **Financial aid available for those who qualify

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  • Outcomes

    In addition to the skills associated with the core Doctor of Management degree program, students who earn a Doctor of Management - Criminal Justice Concentration will be equipped to:

    • Demonstrate fluency with the body of knowledge in Criminal Justice (CJ) in current management theory
    • Employ management change in Criminal Justice (CJ) through strategic design and research
    • Predict future trends in CJ through effective research and qualitative methods
    • Analyze the legal and institutional challenges facing Criminal Justice leaders
    • Evaluate central management opportunities and challenges impacting Criminal justice entities

    CTU's DM-CJ degree program builds on the foundation of a master’s degree to help prepare students for senior level leadership, consulting, and teaching positions within the criminal justice sector. DM students in this concentration are educated to discover new solutions to unsolved problems as a leader within CJ organizations of nearly any type.

    DM-CJ students develop analytic and research skills to define problems, study advanced content knowledge to discover innovative solutions, and practice consulting and leadership techniques to facilitate innovative change in organizations, communities, and society. Using these skills, graduates may find opportunities as leaders, consultants, field experts or Criminal Justice educators.

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