• Doctor of Science (DSc) in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy (CSLMP)

    New Jersey City University offers one of the first Doctoral degrees in the field of Security Studies in the U.S. Launched in the summer of 2012; students are immersed into a generalist civil security doctorate using the three distinct areas recognized by ASIS - International:

    • National Security (Homeland Security and Intelligence)
    • Corporate Security
    • Information Assurance/Cyber Security.

    This is a scholar-practitioner degree, which will have a strong research and analysis component that is ultimately demonstrated by a successful dissertation.

    Each year in July, a Learning Community (LC) of 15-20 doctoral students will enter this three-year program, primarily on-line throughout the year, with a two week summer residency and four weekends during the academic year on campus.

    Completion of this degree prepares one to assume executive-level responsibilities of a major security position within government, business or education. Further, this terminal degree will prepare students to become post-secondary teachers in the professional security field. Students will be prepared to apply and sit for the test leading to board-certification as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP™). Students that already possess the CPP™ designation are expected to assist the faculty in mentoring their classmates while in the program. This certification is a voluntary aspect of the program.

    All full-time and adjunct professors hold the appropriate doctoral degrees, professional certification(s) and a minimum of 15 years of professional security experience. Since 2009, NJCU is a National Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency and reciprocal with the Department of Homeland Security authorizing for various research projects, grants and scholarships to security professionals that are participating in DSc degree program.

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed master’s degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution
    • CGPA of 3.50 or higher during graduate study
    • Four years of relevant work experience
    • Successful completion of any of the major graduate student assessment tests
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Letter of interest
    • Official transcripts
      • International students need official scores of TOEFL, including the Test of Written English  
    • Met all the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate Studies Office
    • An interview may be required at the discretion of the Admissions Committee

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Complete applications must be received by April 15.

    Accreditation: The Professional Security Studies Department is accredited by

    • The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    Course Requirements


     Course  Course Title  Credits   
      Program Core - 30 credits         
    SECU 810* Current Issues in CSLMP I 3 Summer
    SECU 815 Current Issues in CSLMP II 3 Summer
    SECU 820  Data Analysis for CSLMP I 3 Fall
    SECU 825  Data Analysis for CSLMP II 3 Fall
    SECU 830  Doctoral Colloquium in Emergency Management & Operations I 3 Spring
    SECU 835  Doctoral Colloquium in Emergency Management & Operations II 3 Spring
    SECU 840  Communications for CSLMP I 3 Summer
    SECU 845  Communications for CSLMP II 3 Summer
    SECU 850  Civil Security Policy & Budget Development & Implementation I 3 Fall
    SECU 855  Civil Security Policy & Budget Development & Implementation II 3 Fall


     *All first semester courses require pre-reading assignments,books and course materials are mailed to students, six weeks prior to the start of classes.

    Comprehensive Examination (No Credit)

     All students must successfully pass the comprehensive examination before being admitted to candidacy for the Doctor of Science degree.

    • The exam will be scheduled each Spring semester, repeats for Fall semester
    • Grades awarded will be “Pass with Distinction,” “Pass” or “Fail.”
    • Each candidate will have two opportunities to receive a grade of Pass or higher. Grades will be shown on student’s transcript
    • Students who receive two grades of Fail will be dismissed from the D.Sc. program.  

    The following courses comprise the dissertation component of the degree:


    Course  Course Title  Credits   
      Program Core - 18 credits         
    SECU 860  Dissertation Proposal I 3 Spring
    SECU 865  Dissertation Proposal II 3 Spring
    SECU 900  Dissertation Seminar I 3 Summer
    SECU 910  Dissertation Seminar II 3 Summer
    SECU 950  Dissertation Advisement 3 Fall
    SECU 960  Dissertation Completion and Defense 3 Fall
    SECU 970* Continuation of Dissertation and Defense 3  


     *All doctoral students are expected to complete an original dissertation, in collaboration with their assigned mentor and dissertation committee, within seven years of their initial coursework.