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:
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
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Complete applications must be received by April 15.
Accreditation: The Professional Security Studies Department is accredited by
*All first semester courses require pre-reading assignments,books and course materials are mailed to students, six weeks prior to the start of classes.
All students must successfully pass the comprehensive examination before being admitted to candidacy for the Doctor of Science degree.
The following courses comprise the dissertation component of the degree:
*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.