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Nebraska Criminal Justice Schools

  • 16 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Nebraska are in our database. (see below)
  • 5 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 8 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 3 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found no schools in Nebraska ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • We found 1 doctorate program ranked by The Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice: #19 University of Nebraska-Omaha.
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Nebraska has 1 university ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #82 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Nebraska are available for requesting information.

Profiles of Well Known Schools

University of Nebraska – Lincoln: The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln offers a Bachelor of Science for all its majors. The department has its own career center where students can meet with career counselors and be matched with one of 40 different internships opportunities. Over 36 professors and instructors teach and conduct research in criminology and criminal justice and often interchange with the program at the University of Nebraska- Omaha. Students with a full time work schedule can benefit from the numerous courses that are offered online such as Survey of Criminal Justice and International Criminology.

University of Nebraska – Omaha: Students can pursue a BS, MS, MA or a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The first 45 credit hours for an undergraduate major are part of the Pre-Criminology and Criminal Justice Curriculum. The world renowned faculty conduct research within seven different concentrations: Criminological Theory and Juvenile Delinquency; Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice; Methods and Statistics; Policy and Applied Research; Criminal Justice Issues; International Criminology and Criminal Justice; and Other. The department also has two research institutes, the Juvenile Justice Institute (JJI) and the Consortium for Crime and Justice Research (CCJR), within which students and faculty do collaborative research.

Nebraska Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 1,940 $34,890
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 650 $70,300
Detectives and Criminal Investigators N/A $73,890
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 3,530 $49,710

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

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Nebraska

  • Bellevue, NE Police Chief John W. Stacey- Bellevue Univeristy, NE
  • Douglas County Nebraska Sheriff Timothy Dunning – University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, NE
  • Lincoln City Police Chief Jim Peschong- Doane College, Lincoln, NE
  • Grand Island, NE Police Chief Steve Lamkin- University of Nebraska, NE
Police Quote: “I think the best advice I got is to decide what type of officer I want to be, and stick with it. Not to let any person dictate the type of officer I will be. It may sound simple, but if you consider that throughout your career, you see the worst of things and situations and deal with the worst type of people. It is tempting (and perhaps arguably even justified) to give them what they deserve, but then you are letting them decide what type of officer you will be. Even if you don’t act professionally toward them because THEY deserve it, do it because YOU deserve it. In other words, remain a professional DESPITE what others may deserve, because it is the type of officer you want to be.” -Sheriff Scott Jones

Criminal Justice Degrees

Although this Midwestern state has a special small-town appeal, the major population centers of Lincoln and Omaha provide a metropolitan balance. Nebraska offers a range of opportunities from community and private colleges to universities, technical institutes and convenient online programs. No matter how high you set your sights, an accredited Nebraska school can help you reach your objective.

The Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center regulates training facilities in the state while guaranteeing that standards for admission and certification are satisfied. The duties of a police offer vary from the thrill of criminal pursuit and working with the latest investigative technology to the obligation of preparing reports or appearing in court. Law enforcement personnel represent the front-line of defense for communities, a position of great honor and responsibility requiring exacting discipline and preparation.

Nebraska’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

Nebraska’s September 2014 unemployment rate is 3.6%. This is lower than the national average of 5.8%, and lower than the state’s peak unemployment rate of 5% in December 2009. The state unemployment low occurred in February 2008, with a rate of 2.8%. Government related employment can be a good indicator of criminal justice jobs in Nebraska. According to Projection Central, the following criminal justice jobs in Nebraska are included:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 110 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 70 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 10 annual openings
  • Security Guards: 90 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 20 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree

These open positions would be a result of growth and replacement.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, rated and analyzed the long-term solvency of each state government. They analyzed Nebraska’s budgeting process, cash and tax collection, and pensions, and ranked Nebraska first in the nation. This shows very sound employment practices, and new employees can be confident in the state’s ability to fulfill its pension obligations.

Online and Nebraska Criminal Justice Schools

If you live in Nebraska, 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 (Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado).

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Nebraska Criminal Justice Salary

The criminal justice field offers many different jobs that can earn a competitive salary. The average annual salary of police officers in Nebraska is $44,890 1 while police first-line supervisors earn an average of $64,980.1 Correctional officers earn an average salary of $32,350 1 while detectives make an average of $67,950.1 The legal field provides good job opportunities for paralegals with an average annual salary of $41,190.1

Directory of Nebraska Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE)
Bachelor Degree | Corrections (online program)
Bachelor Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)
Masters Degree | Criminal Justice (online program)

Central Community College (Grand Island, NE)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Chadron State College (Chadron, NE)
Bachelor of Arts | Justice Studies | Criminal Justice

Doane College (Lincoln, NE)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Public Administration

ITT Technical Institute (Omaha, NE)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Midland Lutheran College (Fremont, NE)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE)
Certificate | Forensic Science
Master of Forensic Science | Forensic Science
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Peace and Justice Studies

Northeast Community College (Norfolk, NE)
Associate of Applied Science | Law Enforcement
Associate of Applied Science | Legal Administrative Assistant
Associate of Arts | Corrections
Associate of Arts | Law Enforcement
Associate of Arts | Legal Administrative Assistant

Peru State College (Peru, NE)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Administration
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice | Counseling
Certificate of Achievement | Criminal Justice

Student Review: “My experience at Peru State was overall a great experience. I think the best part of my experience was that the professors are very attentive and will work with you a lot to make sure you understand everything. I also think a great thing that I experienced was my internship. As part of my graduation requirements I had to complete an internship in my field of study. I think this was an excellent learning experience (as I did my internship in the Courthouse). My internship really helped me get a good grasp on the process of how a court case works and everything I had learned in my college classes and helped me prepare for my current job as a legal secretary. I also met my current employer through my internship, so it was very beneficial to me and I’m glad that Peru made this a degree requirement.” -Student at Peru State College

Southeast Community College (Lincoln, NE)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska-Kearney (Kearney, NE)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Bachelor of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Doctor of Philosophy | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Counseling
Master of Science | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Public Administration

Wayne State College (Wayne, NE)
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Emergency Management

Western Nebraska Community College (Scottsbluff, NE)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Correctional Technology
Certificate | Criminal Justice

(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_NE.htm
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.htm
(4) Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/arkansas_unemployment_rate
(5) Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states

Page Edited by Charles Sipe.