Doctoral Programs

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. 

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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.




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Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree conferred by an 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
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of interest to include proposed dissertation topic
  • 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.

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Professional Studies Building, P-449
Phone: 201-200-2275
Fax: 201-200-2279

Kathleen D. Rennie, PhD, APR, PRSA Fellow
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