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Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

  • 27 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Kansas are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in Kansas, 17 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 13 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 2 offer master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 5 schools offering online criminal justice degrees in Kansas ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: Fort Hays State University (#24), Southwestern College (#159), Wichita State University (#159), Pittsburg State University (#172), Baker University (#199).
  • 0 schools in Kansas are on Kiplinger’s Best College Values.


Profiles of Well-Known Schools in Kansas

Wichita State University: Wichita State University offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice in the School of Community Affairs. There is also a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and a Field Studies Major in Ethnic Studies for individuals who desire a more narrowly-focused degree. The School of Community Affairs houses the Regional Community Policy Training Institute, which serves local law enforcement, and the Midwest Criminal Justice Institute. The faculty are nationally known experts in criminological theory, criminal justice policy, sex offenders, and corrections. Students enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose between face-to-face and online courses.

Washburn University: The Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department at Washburn University offers and Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice; a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with three different tracks (law enforcement, corrections or security administration); and a Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ). The department has the Criminal Justice Association, a student organization through which majors can participate in a variety of activities and seminars. Internship opportunities fall under two different umbrellas, Law Enforcement/Security Administration and Corrections, both of which have their own lists of agencies with whom Washburn has developed relationships. What truly makes this school unique is its Minor in Military Studies, a program in which students examine military operations and national security issues.

Kansas Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 3,850 $33,970
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 1,670 $65,200
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 850 $57,920
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 6,030 $45,390

Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.4,5,6,7

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Kansas

  • Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams – Wichita State, Wichita, KS
  • Overland Park Police Chief Norman D. Williams – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Topeka Police Chief Steven Culp – Baker University, Baldwin City, KS
  • Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw- Wichita State, Wichita, KS
Police Quote: “We have all heard of the ‘Golden Rule!’ ‘Do unto others as you would want them to do to you!’ Well, when we have a new officer begin their career, I spend some time with them on their very first day. And during that time, I share with them a little message that has taken me a long ways in my career and takes the ‘Golden Rule’ to another level. If everyone they come into contact with during their career (burglary victims, parents of a runaway, vehicle stops, etc.), if they treat that person the very same way that they would want another police officer to treat their own parents (if their parents were the victim or person being stopped), then they will have a big impact in this community and go a long way in their career.” -Michael A. Keller, President of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police

Kansas Criminal Justice Degrees

The major state and local agencies in Kansas include the Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Wichita Police, Topeka Police, and the Kansas Department of Corrections. Positions available include police officers, criminal investigators, correctional officers, crime scene investigators, and forensic scientists. If you go into the private sector, there is demand for paralegals at law firms as well as opportunities for private investigators and private security guards. A criminal justice degree will set you apart from other candidates seeking a position and often lead to higher salaries and faster advancement. Employment for police and detectives in the US is expected to grow as fast as the average for most occupations.

Those in the criminal justice field in Kansas are typically well-compensated compared to the cost of living, with competitive salaries and strong benefit programs. The average annual salary for patrol and police officers in Kansas was $45,390 as of May 2015.7 Paralegals are seeing strong demand due to a trend of law firms hiring legal assistants to perform work previously performed by attorneys and earn an average annual wage of $44,370 in Kansas.8 Often, government employees have the opportunity for retirement earlier than those in the private sector, with many police retiring after 20 years with half-pay. Those currently working in the criminal justice field also report several intangible benefits such as a strong sense of pride, fulfillment, and adventure.

Kansas’ Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

As of May 2016, the unemployment rate for Kansas was 3.7%.9 This is below the national average for the same time period, which was 4.7%, and well below the state’s 7.6% 10-year peak unemployment rate in August 2010.9 Government-related jobs are a good indicator of jobs available in the criminal justice field. According to Projections Central, criminal justice jobs in Kansas through 2024 include:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 220 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.10,11
  • Correctional Officers: 110 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.10,12
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 20 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.10,13
  • Security Guards: 120 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.10,14
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 60 annual openings; 86% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 30% holding an associate’s degree and 44% holding a bachelor’s degree.10,15
  • Forensic Science Technicians: 20 annual openings; these positions typically require at least a bachelor’s degree.10

Such openings are estimated based on jobs growth as well as replacements.

According to the Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank that analyzed and ranked the long-term solvency of each state government, Kansas is 27th in the nation for state-level financial health.16 This means that the state will likely be able to fulfill pension obligations to its employees.

Online and Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

If you live in Kansas, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, or Oklahoma).



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Directory of Kansas Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Baker University (Baldwin City)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Minor | Conflict Management
Minor | Social Justice

Barton County Community College (Great Bend)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of General Studies | Military Studies
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections Officer
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science/ Bachelor of Science | Emergency Management/ Technology Management (2+2 program with Kansas State University)
Associate of Applied Science/ Bachelor of Science | Emergency Management/ Homeland Security/Security Management (2+2 program with Southwestern College)
Certificate | Emergency Management
Certificate | Military Logistics
Certificate | Military Leadership
Certificate | Military Dangerous Materials Handling

Bethany College (Lindsborg)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Butler Community College (El Dorado)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Homeland Security
Associate of Science | Homeland Security
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Cyber Security
Certificate | Cyber Security

Cloud County Community College (Concordia)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice/ Law Enforcement Administration: Law Enforcement

Colby Community College (Colby)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Technical Certificate | Criminal Justice

Cowley County Community College (Arkansas City)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Forensic Sciences
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Dodge City Community College (Dodge City)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice/ Police Science

Emporia State University (Emporia)
Bachelor of Arts | Crime and Delinquency Studies
Bachelor of Science | Crime and Delinquency Studies
Master of Science | Forensic Science

Fort Hays State University (Hays)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of General Studies | Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Chemistry: Forensic Science
Master of Professional Studies | Criminal Justice
Master of Professional Studies | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Professional Studies | Cyber Security (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice (online program)
Certificate | Victim Advocacy
Certificate | Victim Advocacy (online program)
Certificate | Law Enforcement
Certificate | Law Enforcement (online program)
Certificate | Corrections
Certificate | Corrections (online program)
Certificate | Law and the Courts
Certificate | Law and the Courts (online program)
Certificate | Justice Networking
Certificate | Justice Networking (online program)
Certificate | Information Networking for Criminal Justice

Student Review: “I really enjoyed the FHSU justice studies program. It challenged me and taught me a lot. I thought the the curriculum covered just about everything you would need to know to start a career in the criminal justice field. However, I wish the program would have required some sort of internship. I feel like a hands on experience is very important in helping you get your foot in the door after school. Though I did well in my classwork, without hands on experience I feel like a lot of the stuff I learned at the time has been lost, because the way to get information to stick with me, is by experiencing it. I can learn anything, but to get it stick with me I need to see it and experience it. Lectures, reading, and tests don’t stick with me like experience does. Overall the program was good.” -Danielle Z., student at Fort Hays State University
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Student Review: “I had a very good experience with the Justice Studies program at Fort Hays State University. The staff in our department were all extremely helpful and most importantly were all very approachable. They make you feel at home with them and were there to help us with whatever we needed. Our university has a well designed online program and the Justice Studies program had several classes available over the Internet. I took several online classes and never had any issues with them. Just as I was graduating the program had started to work closely with the local police department which many people thought was a great opportunity. Several professors at FHSU had extensive experience in the law enforcement field. I particularly enjoyed hearing their perspective and listening to actual events they had experienced.” -Steven N., student at Fort Hays State University
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Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

Friends University (Wichita)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Information Security
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Science

Garden City Community College (Garden City)
Associate of General Studies | Criminal Justice/ Police Science
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice/ Corrections
Associate of Science | Forensic Investigations
Associate of Science | Computer Forensics
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Highland Community College (Highland)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Administration
Certificate | Law Enforcement

Independence Community College (Independence)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate/ Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (2+2 program with Southwestern College)
Certificate | Conflict Resolution

Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS)
Associate of Arts | Administration of Justice
Certificate | Police Academy

Kansas City Kansas Community College (Kansas City)
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Addiction Counselor
Associate of Arts | Forensic Chemistry
Associate of Arts | Victim/Survivor Services
Associate of Science | Forensic Chemistry
Associate of General Studies | Forensic Chemistry
Technical Certificate | Corrections
Technical Certificate | Police Science
Technical Certificate | Addiction Counselor
Technical Certificate | Corrections
Technical Certificate | Homeland Security
Technical Certificate | Victim/Survivor Services

Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina)
Associate of Arts | Public Safety
Bachelor of Arts | Domestic Violence Endorsement
Bachelor of Arts | Domestic Violence Endorsement (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Law Enforcement Endorsement
Bachelor of Arts | Law Enforcement Endorsement (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Offender Management Endorsement
Bachelor of Arts | Offender Management Endorsement (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Emergency Management: Homeland Security
Bachelor of Arts | Emergency Management: Homeland Security (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Emergency Management: Business Continuity
Bachelor of Arts | Emergency Management: Business Continuity (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Emergency Management: Non-Governmental Organizations
Bachelor of Arts | Emergency Management: Non-Governmental Organizations (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Computing
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Emergency Management

Labette Community College (Parsons)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Probation & Parole

MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Military Leadership
Minor | Legal Studies
Minor | Forensic Science

Newman University (Wichita)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Counseling: Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Counseling: Addiction Studies
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Minor | Criminal Justice

Ottawa University (Ottawa)
Bachelor of Science | Addiction Counseling (online program)
Bachelor of Arts | Law Enforcement (online program)
Master of Arts | Addiction Counseling
Minor | Forensics

Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg)
Bachelor of Integrated Studies | Fraud Examination
Bachelor of Integrated Studies | Fraud Examination: Computer Forensics
Bachelor of Integrated Studies | Fraud Examination: Advanced Accounting
Bachelor of Integrated Studies | Fraud Examination: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Integrated Studies | Fraud Examination: Business Finance
Bachelor of Integrated Studies | Fraud Examination: Forensic Psychology
Bachelor of Integrated Studies | Fraud Examination: Mapping and Geographic Information
Bachelor of Science | Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Justice Studies: Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Sociology: Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Psychology: Psychology and Legal Issues Emphasis
Bachelor of Science | Psychology: Substance Abuse Services Emphasis
Bachelor of Science | Psychology: Psychology and the Military Emphasis
Minor | Fraud Examination
Minor | Military Studies
Minor | Substance Abuse Services
Minor | Safety, Health and Environmental Management

Southwestern College (Wichita)
Certificate | Cyber Crime Investigation
Certificate | Homeland Security
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Security Management
Master of Science | Security Administration

Washburn University (Topeka)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemical Science
Bachelor of Science | Addiction Counseling
Bachelor of Science | Anthropology: Forensics
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Security Administration
Bachelor of Arts | Computer Information Science: Digital Forensics
Master of Arts | Addiction Counseling (online program)
Master of Criminal Justice degree
Minor | Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution Studies
Minor | Victim/Survivor Services
Minor | Military and Strategic Studies
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Forensic Chemical Science
Certificate | Addiction Counseling
Certificate | Victim/Survivor Services

Wichita State University-College of Education (Wichita)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Sciences
Bachelor of General Studies | Criminal Justice (online program)
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (online program)
Minor | Criminal Justice

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. US News & World Report, Best Online Programs: http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Correctional Officers and Jailers http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333012.htm
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes331012.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Detectives and Criminal Investigators: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333021.htm
7. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes333051.htm
8. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 Occupational Employment and Wages, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes232011.htm
9. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: https://ycharts.com/indicators/kansas_unemployment_rate
10. Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
11. O*Net OnLine, Police Patrol Officers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/33-3051.01
12. O*Net OnLine, Correctional Officers and Jailers: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3012.00
13. O*Net OnLine, Police Detectives: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-3021.01
14. O*Net OnLine, Security Guards: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/33-9032.00
15. O*Net OnLine, Paralegals and Legal Assistants: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/23-2011.00
16. Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition 2016 Edition: http://mercatus.org/statefiscalrankings