Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

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There are many colleges and universities in Kansas that offer criminal justice degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s levels, as well as PhDs and certificate programs. Specialization opportunities that have been designed to prepare graduates for in-demand criminal justice careers include corrections, military studies, cybersecurity, and forensic science. A growing number of schools in Kansas are offering online criminal justice programs, including Baker University, Fort Hays State University, and Kansas Wesleyan University.

Quick Facts

  • There are 38 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Kansas (see below).1
  • 19 colleges and universities offer associate’s degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 20 colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 4 colleges and universities offer master’s or doctoral degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 10 colleges and universities offer criminal justice degree programs online.*1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2018.2
  • 1 school ranked in College Factual’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges in 2018.3
  • 1 school ranked in Criminal Justice Degree Schools Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2018.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs in 2018.5
  • *For not-for-profit colleges and universities with criminal justice degree programs.

    Criminal Justice Degree Programs in Kansas

    Criminal justice schools in Kansas offer opportunities to study on-campus, online, or through a combination of both in hybrid programs. A growing number of employers are requiring applicants to hold a degree; for example, prospective parole officers with the Kansas Department of Corrections must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Even for positions that do not strictly require a criminal justice degree, having a degree can make you more competitive in the selection process. A criminal justice degree can also lead to higher salaries and faster advancement.

    Top-Ranked Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Kansas

    College Factual’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges 2018

    • Southwestern College (#111)

    Criminal Justice Degree Schools Best Online Bachelor’s Programs 2018

    • Washburn University

    US News Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs 2018

    • Wichita State University (#28 tie)

    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 an 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.

    Notable Alumni from Kansas Universities

    • Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams – Wichita State
    • Overland Park Police Chief Norman D. Williams – Kansas State University
    • Topeka Police Chief Steven Culp – Baker University
    • Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw- Wichita State

    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 Careers

    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 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. Employment for police and detectives in the US is expected to grow as fast as the average for most occupations. 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.

    Kansas Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

    OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
    Correctional Officers and Jailers3,850$33,970
    First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives1,670$65,200
    Detectives and Criminal Investigators850$57,920
    Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers6,030$45,390

    Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2015.5,6,7,8

    Kansas’ Criminal Justice Employment Outlook

    As of May 2016, the unemployment rate for Kansas was 3.7%.10 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 2010.10 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.11,12
    • Correctional Officers: 110 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 15% holding a post-secondary certificate.11,13
    • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 20 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.11,14
    • Security Guards: 120 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.11,15
    • 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.11,16
    • Forensic Science Technicians: 20 annual openings; these positions typically require at least a bachelor’s degree.11

    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.17 This means that the state will likely be able to fulfill pension obligations to its employees.

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    Directory of Not-for-Profit Kansas Universities Offering Campus-based and Online Criminal Justice Degrees

    If you live in Kansas, we recommend an accredited campus-based or online program for pursuing your associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in the growing field of criminal justice.

    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 (ColoradoNebraskaMissouri, or Oklahoma).

    Schools with Online and On-Campus Criminal Justice Programs

    Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

    Baker University (Baldwin City)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Minor | Conflict Management
    Minor | Social Justice

    Central Christian College of Kansas (McPherson)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice (online)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)

    Fort Hays State University (Hays)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of General Studies | Justice Studies
    Bachelor of Science | Chemistry: Forensic Science
    Master of Professional Studies | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Professional Studies | Cyber Security (online)
    Minor | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Victim Advocacy (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Law Enforcement (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Corrections (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Law and the Courts (online or on-campus)
    Certificate | Justice Networking (online or on-campus)
    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.”
    stars-4

    Danielle Z., student at Fort Hays State University

    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.”
    stars-4

    Steven N., student at Fort Hays State University

    Student Review: “I really enjoy the Criminal Justice Program through Hays, the instructors were very helpful and really took the time to answer your questions. I ended up having to move away from campus and was able to finish my criminal justice degree through Hays online. There online college classes for my major really focused on student discussion and applying the teachings to everyday crimes and current events. Many of the criminal justice classes were like this and I am happy that they offered the full degree online for people that were unable to live or be near to campus. Another thing about the criminal justice program at Hays is that if you needed one on one help most of the teachers were able to provide that even through the online college.”
    stars-5

    Student at Fort Hays State University

    Highland Community College (Highland)
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

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

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

    Southwestern College (Wichita)
    Certificate | Cyber Crime Investigation
    Certificate | Homeland Security
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Security Management (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Security Administration (online or on-campus)
    Undergraduate Certificate | Cyber Crime Investigation (online)
    Undergraduate Certificate | Homeland Security (online)
    Graduate Certificate | Emergency Planning

    Sterling College (Sterling)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice: Pre-Law
    Bachelor of Science | Interdisciplinary Studies: Criminal Justice Administration (online)

    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)
    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

    Student Review: “I did not like any of my CJ advisors. I wanted to go to law school but studying criminal justice was not the most appropriate field of study for law school admissions. My advisors only steered me to stay in the CJ program and not anything else. Most of the students did not take the CJ classes seriously. There were lots of football players in all the classes due to most of them being easy A’s. I do not feel it would have prepared me for any sort of law related work other than being a police officer (which doesn’t require a degree). It would have fit in better at a community college.”
    stars-2

    Student at Washburn University

    Wichita State University (Wichita)
    Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice (online)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Forensic Sciences
    Bachelor of General Studies | Criminal Justice (online)
    Master of Arts | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Minor | Criminal Justice

    Schools with On-Campus Criminal Justice Programs Only

    Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

    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 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

    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

    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

    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


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

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