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Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

  • 23 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Oklahoma are in our database. (see below)
  • 10 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 11 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 3 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s degrees
  • We found 1 school in Oklahoma ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program; #65 Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, OK
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Oklahoma has 3 universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #72 University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; #93 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK; and #95 Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Oklahoma are available for requesting information.


Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Oklahoma: Students at the University of Oklahoma have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice through the College of Liberal Studies. This is one of the many programs that OU offers completely online, a system that is perfect for students that work full time. Though the college only has five full-time faculty, over a hundred adjuncts contribute their expertise to the academic programs. Criminal Justice students are required to complete 39 major credit hours with courses such as Deviance and Social Control, Statistics in Criminal Justice and Theories of Criminal Behavior. The College of Liberal Studies has several scholarships for its undergraduate students such as the Startup Scholarship and the Outstanding Senior Award.

Oklahoma City University: The Department of Sociology and Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University offers a Justice Studies BA in Peace and Conflict, a Justice Studies BS in Criminology and a Master of Science in Criminology. The department has numerous partnerships with state agencies, providing students with career-advancing internship opportunities, and Alpha Phi Sigma creates a peer-based social environment for Justice Studies majors. The 10 full-time faculty teach specialized courses like Juvenile Delinquency and Social Construction of Identities. MS Criminology students enroll in an accelerated program that enables them to complete their degree within one year.

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 5,660 $32,670
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 980 $68,160
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,690 $52,700
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 7,680 $41,300

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

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma County Oklahoma Sheriff John Whetsel – Southwestern College, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Tulsa County Oklahoma Sheriff Stanley Glanz- Oklahoma City University, Tulsa University
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Police Chief William Citty- Oklahoma State University
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, Police Chief William Citty- University of Phoenix, Tulsa University
Police Quote: “A successful gang investigator has to be able to know the streets and think on his feet. If you get out here and try to work in and around these gangsters, and don’t know their language, who they align with, bang against etc…they will not talk to you or show you any respect.” -Tim Hock, President of the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Degrees

With one of the fastest growing economies in the US and an unemployment rate significantly below the national average, Oklahoma provides many opportunities for graduates with a degree in criminal justice. Oklahoma has had steady population growth since the 1960s and today, boasts the third fastest growth per capita in the US. With a relatively low cost of living, low income taxes and business-friendly environment, the state is home to many growing industries.

For criminal justice professionals, there are a significant number of career opportunities in corrections, law enforcement, and law firms.

In addition to local law enforcement jobs, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and the US government also provide job opportunities for graduates of criminal justice programs. Candidates for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol must be between 21 to 43 years of age when applying and must have at least an associates degree from an accredited institution. Federal government agencies that hire criminal justice professionals in Oklahoma include the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and others.

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Salary

The average annual salary for Oklahoma police officers is $37,260 1 while first-line supervisors earn an average salary of $58,380 1 per year. Correctional officers in Oklahoma earn an average of $29,520 1 and detectives earn an average of $55,740.1 Working at a law firm or other setting as a paralegal or legal assistant will earn you an average of $41,200 1 in Oklahoma.

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

As of September 2014, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is 4.7%. This is lower than the national average of 5.8%. The state saw unemployment peak in December 2009, with a rate of 7.3%. The most recent unemployment was 3.2%, and occurred in April of 2008. Government employment is a good indicator of criminal justice jobs in Oklahoma. Projection Central included the following criminal justice jobs for the state:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 400 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 230 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 50 annual openings
  • Security Guards: 400 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 100 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Forensic Science Technicians: 10 annual openings

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

The Mercatus Center is a conservative think tank that analyzed and ranked the long-term solvency of each state government. After an analysis of the state’s budgeting process, cash and tax collection, and pensions, Oklahoma was ranked 8th in the nation. This is a good sign for new hires, as it is likely the state will be able to fulfill its employee pension obligations.

Online and Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

To learn more about earning an Oklahoma criminal justice degree, see 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 (New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas).



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Directory of Oklahoma Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Bacone College (Muskogee)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice Studies
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice Studies

Cameron University (Lawton)
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Minor | Criminal Justice

East Central University (Ada)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Adult Corrections
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice

Eastern Oklahoma State College (Wilburton)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: COP option

Langston University (Langston)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Corrections: Criminal Justice

Metro Technology Centers (Oklahoma City)
Certificate | Law Enforcement Officer Prep

Murray State College (Tishomingo)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: COPs option

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami)
Associate in Arts | Criminal Justice

Northeastern State University (Tahlequah)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Homeland Security
Minor | Collegiate Officer Program

Northwestern Oklahoma State University (Alva)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Minor | Corrections
Minor | Law Enforcement

Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City)
Bachelor of Arts/ Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminology
Certificate | Collegiate Officer Programs (COPs)
Minor | Criminal Justice
Minor | Investigative/ Analysis
Minor | Leadership/ Administration
Minor | Corrections

Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma City)
Associate of Applied Science | Police Science
Associate of Applied Science | Police Science (with CLEET)
Certificate | Crime Scene Investigation

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (Tulsa)
Master of Science | Forensic Science
Master of Science | Forensic Science: Death Scene Investigation
Master of Science | Forensic Science: Forensic Biology/DNA
Master of Science | Forensic Science: Forensic Chemistry
Master of Science | Forensic Science: Forensic Psychology

Redlands Community College (El Reno)
Associate of Applied Science | Collegiate Officer Program
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

Rogers State University (Claremore)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Studies: Collegiate Officer Program (COP)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice Studies: Law/ Justice
Bachelor of Science | Justice Administration
Bachelor of Arts | Military History
Minor | Justice Administration
Minor | Criminal Justice-Collegiate Officer Program (COP)

Rose State College (Midwest City)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Police Science

Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Minor | Criminal Justice

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford)
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee)
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Tulsa Community College (Tulsa)
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Tulsa Tech (Tulsa)
Career Training | Security Guard

University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: General
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Police
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Corrections
Master of Arts | Crime and Intelligence Analysis
Master of Arts | Criminal Justice Management and Administration

Western Oklahoma State College (Altus)
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_OK.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/oklahoma_unemployment_rate
5. Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states