Professional Security Studies Doctoral Program

NJCU Offers a Doctor Of Science (DSc) in Civil Security Leadership, Management & Policy

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NJCU 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 three distinct areas:

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

This DSC is a scholar-practitioner degree, with 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 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 educators in the professional security field.

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 who are participating in DSc degree program.


DSc Candidates at Graduation

Alumni Testimonials

Read what Professional Security Studies D.Sc. Graduates have to say about the NJCU program and how it has enhanced their ability to assess issues or situations related to national security and the role of civil citizens in achieving the best possible outcomes.

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Program Structure

The Leadership, Management and Policy (CSLMP), D.Sc. program immerses students in a generalist civil security doctorate using three distinct areas: National Security (including Homeland Security and Intelligence), Corporate Security, and Information Assurance/Cyber Security.

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Faculty & Areas of Expertise

The Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy D.Sc. program boasts an extensive list of experienced faculty.

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Examples of Dissertation Topics

Doctoral students select their own research areas related to civil security that align with their scholar-practitioner interests and their dissertation mentor’s expertise

Explore Potential Dissertation Topics


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Designated CAE in Cybersecurity and Intelligence

The NJCU Professional Security Studies program is one of the few in the country to be designated as a center of academic excellence (CAE) in both cybersecurity and intelligence.


Admission Requirements

Learn more about the Civil Security Leadership Management & Policy (D.Sc.) application requirements and important deadlines.

Admission Requirements Overview


Contact Us

Professional Studies Building, P-449
Phone: 201-200-2275
Fax: 201-200-2279
Email: securitystudies@njcu.edu

Juste Codjo, Ph.D.
D.Sc. Coordinator
201-200-2275
jcodjo@njcu.edu

Denise Melendez
Department Admin
201-200-2275
dmelendez@njcu.edu