Civil Security—Leadership, Management and Policy (CSLMP), D.Sc.

Doctor of Science
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About This Degree

Become the next doctoral student in the prestigious & one of a kind D.Sc. in CSLMP. We study, improve, and develop best practices in Civil Security because it brings together lessons from national security, emergency management, cyber security & defense, homeland security, information assurance, crisis communication, criminal justice, and strategic planning. Together these areas of Civil Security constitute core necessities for improving community resiliency and solving complex challenges and threats that local, state, regional, national, and international policymakers and leaders must confront.

Completion of this degree prepares one to assume executive-level responsibilities within government, business or education and to become post-secondary educators.

 The scholar-practitioner mentoring you receive from our faculty and the camaraderie amongst Learning Communities (LC) leads to dissertation and career success. Your future professional and academic excellence is shown by 67% of our alumni earning promotions and 70% of alumni becoming full-time or adjunct professors. The Program can be completed in three-years and is delivered online with residence for two-weeks per summer and two weekends per semester.

Since 2009, NJCU’s Professional Security Studies program has been certified as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) by the National Security Agency and reciprocal with the Department of Homeland Security. And in 2019, the program became a certified CAE in intelligence by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence making it one of the few in the country to be designated as a CAE in both cybersecurity and intelligence.

What to Expect

The Program begins with a two-week residency at NJCU where doctoral students are introduced to historical and contemporary topics in Civil Security. After returning home, coursework continues through online platforms.

Over the next four semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall) courses focus on core competencies in Civil Security. Doctoral students are in residence at NJCU for two weekends during fall and spring semesters with the rest of coursework completed through online platforms. The next is another two-week summer residency rotation, followed by online coursework. Along the way, doctoral students are consistently working with their dissertation committee to develop research questions that lead to impactful dissertations on a security-related topic of the student’s interest.

After completing the core competency courses, doctoral students progress to dissertation writing and research classes focused on turning their research question(s) into their dissertation. Degree completion requires 30 credits of core competency coursework, 18 credits of dissertation coursework, and a successful dissertation defense.

Why Excel Here

The D.Sc. in Civil Security Leadership, Management, and Policy is a scholar-practitioner program where professionals come to the classroom to learn from subject matter experts and craft impactful research questions that culminate in a successful dissertation. It is designed to develop leaders, innovators, and educators for the private and public sectors. The D.Sc. in CSLMP is one of the first of its kind in the world and each summer a new Learning Community (LC) enters. Courses are delivered in an online format supplemented by two-week summer and two-weekend per semester residencies each year.

Contact Us

Professional Studies Building, P449
Phone: 201-200-2275
Fax: 201-200-2279

Juste Codjo, Ph.D.
D.Sc. Coordinator

Dorothea Wilinski
Department Admin, Professional Specialist