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Kansas Criminal Justice Degree Programs
(found 31 schools)


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Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Kansas that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

Leavenworth, Kansas is a historic town, probably known best for it’s prisons and prison history. The most well known is the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, the only maximum security prison in the Department of Defense. But the town is home to two other prisons as well: a federal maximum-security penitentiary and a privately run prison called the Correctional Corporation of America. The city’s slogan is "Doin’ Time in Leavenworth."

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Criminal Justice Education in Kansas

Kansas has around 30 schools with criminal justice programs. Graduate study is limited to a handful of master’s programs, but the state has a fair selection of specializations. Students who need help paying for school can check out the scholarships offered by the American Criminal Justice Association.

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Below, we speak with Jon Candea, Correctional Advisor at Johnson County Department of Corrections, about his career at the Adult Residential Center.

A typical four-year criminal justice degree program is usually built around a core curriculum. There will be required courses in science, math and English. Some electives will be possible, especially after freshman year. Some of the courses frequently offered in four-year programs include:

  • An Introduction to the American System of Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law Basics
  • The American Legal System and the Courts
  • A History of Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Research Design
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics
  • American Race Relations History

Bachelor's degree candidates often engage in one semester of field work in one's chosen specialty during the Junior year. Senior year will often include an internship off-campus, where hands-on experience will be acquired. Coursework that is more theoretical in nature may be offered online by some institutions.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Kansas

According to data in 2012 provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that Detectives in Kansas currently earn a mean annual wage of almost $63,000. Police officers earn less at around $44,000 and corrections officers can expect to earn around $33,000.

In Wichita, the largest city in state, the average of many protective services occupations are paid higher by $2,000 to $8,000. Pay also increases with experience. For example, a Topeka police officer earns $18.31 per hour in year one, but by year 20, the pay increases to $31.81 per hour. Although the pay is higher in metro areas like Wichita and Kansas City, the overall pay in Kansas may sometimes be below national averages. This is largely related to the lower cost of living in the state.

Private sector positions are also good possibilities. Private investigators earn an average of $41,410 in Kansas. Campus police and private security guard are other entry-level positions offered across the state.

Another career path is offered by the Kansas Highway Patrol. A trooper trainee, at pay grade 24, begins with a starting salary of $36,171. Once further academy training is completed, the annual salary is raised to $40,643. Troopers can be promoted to Technical Trooper after five years of service. After seven years of service, troopers can be promoted to Master Trooper. Each promotion comes with higher pay.

Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

Allen County Community College (Iola, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement
Barton County Community College (Great Bend, KS)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Officer
Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Forensic Science
Brown Mackie College (Lenexa, KS / Salina, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal, Diploma - Criminal Justice, Diploma - Paralegal Assistant
Bryan University (Topeka, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate's in Criminal Justice, Associate's in Criminal Justice (online), Diploma in Security and Investigation Specialist (online)
Butler Community College (El Dorado, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Administration of Justice
Cloud County Community College (Concordia, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Corrections & Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Colby Community College (Colby, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Cowley County Community College (Arkansas City, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Computer Forensics, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Forensic Science, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Dodge City Community College (Dodge City, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice and Police Science
Emporia State University (Emporia, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Crime and Delinquency Studies, Bachelor of Science - Crime and Delinquency Studies
Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies (online), Bachelor of Science - Chemistry (Forensic Science concentration), Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies (online), Certificate - Information Networking for Criminal Justice, Master of Liberal Studies - Liberal Studies (Criminal Justice Concentration)
Fort Scott Community College (Fort Scott, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Friends University (Wichita, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science, Master of Science - Leadership and Management
Garden City Community College (Garden City, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
Highland Community College (Highland, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Dispatch, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Independence Community College (Independence, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Criminal Justice
Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Paralegal, Associate of Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Paralegal
Kansas City Kansas Community College (Kansas City, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Victim/Survivor Services, Associate of Arts - Forensic Science, Associate of Science - Forensic Science, Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Homeland Security, Certificate - Victim/Survivor Services
Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Labette Community College (Parsons, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Parole, Associate of Applied Science - Probation, Associate of Science - Corrections, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Parole, Associate of Science - Probation
MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
National American University (Overland Park, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, B.S. - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies
Newman University (Wichita, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Paralegal, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensics
Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement (online)
Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies
Seward County Community College (Liberal, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Criminal Justice - Fish & Wildlife, Associate in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Associate of Science - Community Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science
University of Phoenix (Lenexa, KS / Topeka, KS / Wichita, KS)
Programs Offered:
AA - Criminal Justice (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS - Organizational Security Management (online), MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)
Washburn University (Topeka, KS)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Legal Studies, Bachelor Degree - Legal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Corrections, Bachelor of Science - Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Science - Security, Master of Science - Criminal Justice
Wichita State University (Wichita, KS)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Arts - Criminal Justice, Master of Arts - Public Administration/Policy