Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

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Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate or graduate program, chances are good that Oklahoma is home to the right criminal justice degree program for you. Oklahoma’s colleges and universities offer a wide variety of opportunities to study criminal justice specialties such as corrections, homeland security, law enforcement, and forensic science. Several schools, including Cameron University and the University of Oklahoma, also offer online criminal justice programs.

Quick Facts

  • There are 43 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Oklahoma (see below).1
  • 17 colleges and universities offer associate’s degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 21 colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 7 colleges and universities offer master’s or doctoral degrees in criminal justice.*1
  • 5 colleges and universities offer criminal justice degree programs online.*1
  • 2 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
  • No schools 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 Oklahoma

    The colleges and universities in Oklahoma offer opportunities to earn associate’s, bachelor’s, and advanced degrees in criminal justice that can jump-start your career. A growing number of schools are also offering criminal justice degrees online. Many employers are now requiring applicants to have at least an associate’s degree in criminal justice or a related area of study. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol requires prospective state troopers who do not have military experience to hold an associate’s degree; military applicants must have at least 32 semester hours of college credit. It is becoming more common for local police departments to hold similar requirements. Having your degree can also lead to higher salaries as well as expand your opportunities for promotion.

    Top-Ranked Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Oklahoma

    Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

    • Oklahoma State University (#81 in-state, #85 out-of-state)
    • University of Oklahoma (#52 in-state, #49 out-of-state)

    *Institution-wide ranking.

    College Factual’s Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges 2018

    • University of Oklahoma (#66)

    US News Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs 2018

    • University of Oklahoma (#7 tie)

    Profiles of Well-Known Schools in Oklahoma

    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.

    Notable Alumni from Oklahoma Universities

    • 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 Careers

    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. Federal government agencies that hire criminal justice professionals in Oklahoma include the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and others.

    The average annual salary for Oklahoma police officers is $43,710 while first-line supervisors earn an average salary of $70,280 per year.6,8 Correctional officers in Oklahoma earn an average of $35,160 and detectives earn an average of $68,240.5,7 Those who work at law firms or in other settings as paralegals or legal assistants in Oklahoma earn an average of $43,400.9

    Oklahoma Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

    OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
    Correctional Officers and Jailers4,840$35,160
    First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives2,330$70,280
    Detectives and Criminal Investigators840$68,240
    Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers7,050$43,710

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

    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%.10 The most recent unemployment low was 3.2% in April of 2008.10 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.11,12
    • Correctional Officers: 260 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: 50 annual openings; 37% in these positions report completing at least some college, with 21% holding an associate’s degree.11,14
    • Security Guards: 310 annual openings; 4% in these positions report completing at least some college.11,15
    • 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.11,16

    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.17 This is a good sign for new hires, as it is likely the state will be able to fulfill its employee pension obligations.

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    Oklahoma Criminal Justice Career Interviews

    • Tim Hock, President of the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association

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

    If you are interested in earning an Oklahoma criminal justice degree, you should pursue an accredited campus-based and online criminal justice program for 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 (New MexicoColoradoKansasMissouriArkansasLouisiana, or Texas).

    Schools with Online and On-Campus Criminal Justice Programs

    Cameron University (Lawton)
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
    Associate of Applied Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Corrections
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
    Minor | Criminal Justice

    Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma City)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice and Ethics (online or on-campus)
    Bachelor of Science | Psychology: Criminal Justice Concentration

    Northeastern State University (Tahlequah)
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
    Bachelor of Science | Homeland Security
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Minor | Criminal Justice
    Minor | Homeland Security
    Minor | Collegiate Officer Program
    Undergraduate Certificate | Emergency Management and Planning (online or on-campus)

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

    University of Oklahoma (Norman)
    Bachelor of Arts | Sociology: Criminology
    Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online or on-campus)
    Master of Arts | Sociology: Criminology and Deviance
    Graduate Certificate | Corrections Management
    Graduate Certificate | Restorative 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.

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

    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

    Student Review: “I loved being a part of the criminal justice program. I liked how the professors were caring and understanding. They courses were challenging but I appreciated that because it taught me how to work hard for something you want. The criminal justice program also taught me how to be the best possible person moving forward while I pursue my career in criminal justice. There isn’t anything I disliked or would change about this program or department. All in all it was a great experience and I wouldn’t want to of went to any other school to achieve this degree. The program is still going strong so that must be a good thing since ECU has had to cut a few programs.”
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    Student at East Central University

    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

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

    Student Review: “I attended NWOSU and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. The degree program was a four-year program and it was crucial for preparing me for my chosen career. Currently, I am a state probation officer and the skills I learned while attending college served to prepare me for my chosen career. I found the classes entertaining and challenging. While obtaining my degree I established several friendships that have carried over to my career and as a result, I have a network of professors, co-workers, acquaintances, and friends that I can call upon to assist with my chosen career. The entire program was well developed and translated well into the ‘real'(?) world. The only ‘dislike’ I had about the program was that, at times, it failed to challenge me academically.”

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    Student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University

    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

    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

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


    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. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://https://ycharts.com/indicators/alabama_unemployment_rate
    10. Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://https://ycharts.com/indicators/oklahoma_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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