Kentucky Criminal Justice Schools

  • 28 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Kentucky are in our database. (see below)
  • 8 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 16 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 4 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found no schools in Kentucky ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program; #89 University of Louisville–Louisville, KY
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Kentucky has no universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Kentucky are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools in Kentucky

University of Louisville: The University of Louisville has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Administration of Justice, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Justice Administration. The Department of Justice Administration offers both face-to-face and fully online undergraduate and graduate programs, perfect for working professionals that wish to advance in the field. The department has spent years extending out to agencies throughout the world, so students have the option to study aboard in Romania, Lebanon, Mexico, the Philippines, Hungary, Turkey, Belize, and Botswana. The 23 full time and part time faculty are current and former professionals in a variety of specialties, but emphasis if given to computer forensics, capital punishment, criminal justice management, and research design.

Eastern Kentucky University: The Department of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice as well as an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science of Police Studies. The department also has seven online degree programs including the BS in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and the Correctional Intervention Strategies Certification. This school is home to two research centers, the Center for Crime and Built Environment and the Institute for Global Justice and Security. With over 30 criminal justice faculty, students have an outlet for exploring various research focuses and the customized degree and certificate programs enable those students to become top experts in their fields.

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Kentucky Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 7,440 $30,160
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 1,300 $61,670
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 580 $68,220
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 6,480 $41,040

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Kentucky

  • Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin – University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey – University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Police Quote “Stay out of the rumor mill. Do what is expected of you and a little more. Consistent improvement, support of organizational goals, and positive interactions with coworkers and the public is what I’m looking for.” -Sheriff Lynn Nelson

Kentucky Criminal Justice Degrees

Kentucky is an excellent state for criminal justice majors. It offers some of the country’s least expensive housing coupled with a below average cost of living. A criminal justice position in Kentucky offers both strong income levels and comprehensive benefits. Kentucky has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the nation, thanks in part to the effectiveness of federal and local law enforcement agencies.

As the birthplace of bourbon, it stands to reason that Kentucky has a history of federal government involvement through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In addition to ATF and other regular government criminal justice agencies, Kentucky has five different Bureau of Prisons facilities, including two penitentiaries. As a comparison, Tennessee has two, North Carolina has three, and Virginia has two. Federal correctional institutions are not only hiring, but they frequently provide preference to criminal justice degree holders. Criminal justice graduates can apply to attend the Kentucky Criminal Justice Training Center to attain additional training for law enforcement positions in Kentucky.

Kentucky pays its correctional sergeants a starting salary of $25,677.60.1 Although it requires experience for the position, that experience is waived for holders of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related fields. The Kentucky State police receive an annual salary of $37,382.40 2 with generous benefits after graduation from the academy. Applicants must have at least 60 college credits, or an associate’s degree, or two years’ experience. These credits also make it possible to receive a promotion to senior trooper after three, instead of five years. Police and patrol officers working in the state of Kentucky earn an average annual salary of $38,820.3

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Kentucky’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 4, 5, 6, 7

At the start of 2012, Kentucky’s unemployment has stabilized at 9.1%, just over a half point above the national average, and it should steadily regain prior peak employment levels by late 2013. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Kentucky criminal justice jobs, has already eclipsed pre-Downturn employment levels and is projected to grow steadily by the USA Today / Moody’s Analytics analysis. According to the government site Careeronestop and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections, strong prospects in Kentucky are noted for: Police and Sheriff Patrol (250 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (200 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree) and Paralegals (105 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According to 24/7 Wall St, Kentucky’s budget situation has improved going into 2012 versus 2009/10 as they try to rebuild their rainy day fund. Significant budget cuts have fallen outside law enforcement. With relatively average prospects, Kentucky represents a state where an investment in a Kentucky criminal justice degree should be rewarded. We suggest requesting free information from several Kansas criminal schools to best understand your education options.

Online and Kentucky Criminal Justice Schools

To earn a criminal justice degree in Kentucky, 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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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, AA (Online)
  • Criminal Justice, BA (Online)
  • Homeland Security, BA (Online)

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Grand Canyon University
Campuses: 1Online
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    Capella University
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • MS - Criminal Justice
    • PhD - Criminal Justice
    • BS - Criminal Justice

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    Florida Tech University Online
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
    • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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    California University of Pennsylvania
    Campuses: 1
    Popular Degrees:

    • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
    • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
    • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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    University of Cincinnati Online
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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    Keiser University Graduate School
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)
    • Master of Arts in Homeland Security

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    Daymar College
    Campuses: 1Louisville
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      Kent State University
      Campuses: 1Kent
      Popular Degrees:

      • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Victimology
      • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Corrections
      • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Police


      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 (Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee).

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      Directory of Kentucky Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

      Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

      Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Lexington, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Applied Science | Security Management
      Certificate | Homeland Security/Emergency Management

      Brown Mackie College (Fort Mitchell, KY; Hopkinsville, KY; Louisville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Applied Business | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
      Diploma | Criminal Justice

      Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Administration
      Minor | Homeland Security

      Daymar College (Bellevue, KY; Louisville, KY; Newport, KY; Owensboro, KY; Paducah, KY; Scottsville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

      Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Science | Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies (online program)
      Certificate | Criminal Justice (online program)
      Certificate | Homeland Security (online program)
      Graduate Certificate | Correctional and Juvenile Justice Leadership (online program)
      Graduate Certificate | Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies
      MS Safety | Fire & Emergency Services (online program)
      MS Safety | Homeland Security (online program)
      Master of Science | Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies (online program)
      Masters Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
      Professional Certificate | Correctional Intervention Strategies (online program)
      Professional Certificate | Criminal Justice
      Undergraduate Minor | Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies

      Student Review: “EKU is located just 20 minutes outside of Lexington, Kentucky. The state university has an enrollment of about 15,000 which was just big enough to feel like college but not be so big that it is overwhelming. The campus itself is aesthetically pleasing and has a fairly simple layout so that navigating the campus is easy. I lived in the dorms for my first year and found the experience a bit displeasing, but better than I thought it would be. I lucked out and was assigned a good, clean roommate that was a lot like myself. However, living quarters were small and cramped and the proximity to other students made it hard to sleep sometimes. There are tons of educational opportunities, but the school is most known for its enormous Justice & Safety Department which provides unique education in areas such as criminal justice, fire science, industrial safety, and homeland security. I enjoyed the ‘college town’ atmosphere that Richmond offered and the opportunities that being in a fraternity offered. However, the local police in the city are very strict and frightening.” -Earnest C., student at Eastern Kentucky University

      Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (Elizabethtown, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Corrections
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Law Enforcement
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice | Security and Loss Prevention

      Gateway Community and Technical College (Covington, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice
      Certificate | Computer Forensics
      Certificate | Homeland Security/Emergency Management Specialist
      Certificate | Information Security

      Hopkinsville Community College (Hopkinsville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
      Associate of Applied Science | Security and Loss Prevention
      Certificate | Computer Forensics

      ITT Technical Institute (Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Cyber Security

      Jefferson Community and Technical College (Louisville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
      Associate of Applied Science | Security & Loss Prevention
      Certificate | Computer Forensics

      Kentucky State University (Frankfort, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

      Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

      Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

      Madisonville Community College (Madisonville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

      Morehead State University (Morehead, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
      Master of Arts | Criminology

      Murray State University (Murray, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Arts | Forensics

      Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate Degree | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
      Certificate | Coroprate Information Security
      Minor | Criminalistics

      Owensboro Community and Technical College (Owensboro, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate in Applied Science | Criminal Justice

      Pikeville College (Pikeville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

      Saint Catharine College (Saint Catharine, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

      Somerset Community College (Somerset, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

      Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (Cumberland, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
      Associate of Science | Criminal Justice

      Student Review: “I have attended Southeast Community and Technical College for two years now and my experience has not been so great. The financial aid representatives are nearly impossible to get in contact with any time you have a financial related question or problem. Even though their business hours say their supposed to be in their office, they never are. The educators are often times very unprofessional in regards to accurately posting work on blackboard when they are supposed to. This makes taking classes online a disaster, as you never know when assignments are due, and getting a grade back often seems like an impossible feat. Overall, this school has some nice potential considering the convenience that it provides for thousands of students across this area, but as of now, potential is about as far as it goes.” -Joey W., student at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

      Sullivan University (Louisville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Science | Justice and Public Administration
      Associate of Science | Legal Administrative Professional
      Bachelor of Science | Justice and Public Administration
      Diploma | Legal Administrative Assistant
      Master of Science | Conflict Management (online program)

      Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
      Bachelor of Science | Forensic Biology
      Bachelor of Science | Forensic Chemistry

      Union College (Barbourville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

      University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Bachelor of Science | Administration of Justice (online program)
      Master of Science | Administration of Justice

      Student Review: “I enjoyed the University of Louisville so much I not only completed my undergraduate and Master’s degrees, I am also completing my doctorate. As an undergraduate, the campus is quite accommodating whether you want to live in the dorms or if you prefer to commute. Thankfully, the food choices have expanded tremendously over the past five years so even as a vegetarian I can find plenty of food. UofL offers degrees across a wide range of disciplines and all levels of academic involvement. In my experience studying psychology (in the college of Arts and Sciences), professors were always willing to help even in the larger classes. I have greatly enjoyed my time there as a graduate student as well. Lastly, you can’t forget the amazing sports!” -Catherine R., student at University of Louisville

      Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
      Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
      Associate of Arts | Legal Studies
      Bachelor of Arts | Criminology
      Master of Arts | Criminology (online program)

      References:
      (1) Kentucky.gov: http://corrections.ky.gov/about/Pages/Careers.aspx
      (2) Kentucky State Police: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/recruit/benefits.htm
      (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_KY.htm
      (4) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
      (5) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
      (6) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
      (7) 24/7 Wall St: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/11/21/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-2/

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