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Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

  • 23 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Oklahoma are in our database (see below).
  • Of the criminal justice programs in Oklahoma, 17 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 17 offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 5 offer master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • 4 schools offering online criminal justice degrees in Oklahoma ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: University of Oklahoma (#30), Northeastern State University (#43), Southwestern Oklahoma State University (#92), Oral Roberts University (#137).
  • 2 schools in Oklahoma are on Kiplinger’s Best College Values: University of Oklahoma (#62 in-state, #56 out-of-state), Oklahoma State University (#64 in-state, #60 out-of-state).


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, an option that can be a great fit for students who 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 BA and a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminology. The department has numerous partnerships with state agencies, providing students with career-advancing internship opportunities, while 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 4,840 $35,160
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 2,330 $70,280
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 840 $68,240
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 7,050 $43,710

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

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

Oklahoma provides many opportunities for graduates with a degree in criminal justice. Oklahoma has had steady population growth since the 1960s. With a relatively low cost of living, low income taxes, and a 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 associate’s 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 $43,710 while first-line supervisors earn an average salary of $70,280 per year.5,7 Correctional officers in Oklahoma earn an average of $35,160 and detectives earn an average of $68,240.4,6 Those who work at law firms or in other settings as paralegals or legal assistants in Oklahoma earn an average of $43,400.8

Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

As of May 2016, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate was 4.7%, equal to the national average and well below the state’s 10-year unemployment peak in December 2009, with a rate of 7.3%.9 The most recent unemployment low was 3.2% in April of 2008.9 Government employment is a good indicator of criminal justice jobs in Oklahoma. Projections Central includes the following criminal justice job projections for the state:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 400 annual openings; 46% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 24% holding an associate’s degree.10,11
  • Correctional Officers: 260 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: 50 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.10,13
  • Security Guards: 310 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.10,14
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: 110 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

Estimates for open positions are based on replacements and jobs 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.16 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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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

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

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami)
Associate of 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

Oral Roberts University (Tulsa)
Bachelor of Arts | Social Justice

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

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

University of Oklahoma (Norman)
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Criminology
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Arts | Sociology: Criminology and Deviance
Graduate Certificate | Corrections Management
Graduate Certificate | Restorative Justice

Western Oklahoma State College (Altus)
Associate of Applied Science | Corrections
Associate of Applied Science | 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. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/alabama_unemployment_rate
9. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/oklahoma_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