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Kentucky Criminal Justice Degree Programs
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Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Kentucky that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

Kentucky in the early 19th century was a rough land at the edge of the frontier. Before law and order took hold in the territory, outlaws and pirates found a safe haven in its hills. Today, Kentucky is kept safe with qualified law enforcement officers on the job. According to FBI Statistics, Kentucky has one of the lowest crime rates in the country. From 2011 to 2012, the crime rate actually dropped 7 percent.

Despite Kentucky's low crime rate, the state offers ample opportunity for criminal justice majors. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were 37,200 protective services occupations including correction officers, police officers, bailiffs and detectives. Specifically, the BLS reports there were around 6,480 police officers in the Bluegrass State, which includes officers of local sheriff's departments.

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Criminal Justice Education in Kentucky

Several schools in Kentucky offer criminal justice educations, including Eastern Kentucky University, Beckfield College and Campbellsville University. Most of these colleges offer Associate's or Bachelor's degrees, but a few of them offer graduate degrees as well. Some of the courses a student could be expected to take while earning a Bachelor's degree include:

  • Serial Killers and Mass Murderers
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Police Ethics
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Criminal Law
  • An Introduction to Courts and Corrections
  • Criminal Procedures

A few institutions such as Ashford College will allow students to specialize in a particular field of criminal justice such as corrections or security. As such, these programs may require courses that deal with crowd control or criminal behavior in addition to foundational courses. No matter which specialization is chosen for your criminal justice education, individuals will still likely perform an internship program near the completion of their studies, especially if working towards a Bachelor's degree program.

If you are concerned about paying for school, you may want to visit this page to learn more about criminal justice scholarships.Scholarships for criminal justice are plentiful and include many offered nationally like the ones awarded by the American Criminal Justice Association and the Lint Center of National Security Studies, Inc.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Kentucky

In the state of Kentucky, the career outlook for criminal justice graduates remains high due to the sheer number of law enforcement agencies that are found in the state. For starters, Kentucky has 120 counties, which is more than any surrounding state. Since each county has its own sheriff's department, which means there are multiple agencies for one to seek employment in.

After serving some time in an entry-level position, officers could then advance to one of the law enforcement training centers in Kentucky, where they could serve as advisors or instructors. A few of these academies include the Louisville Metro Police training academy, the Kentucky State Police Academy and the Lexington/Fayette Urban County Police Department Academy.

According to the 2012 data from the BLS, detectives in Kentucky earn around $68,000 while police officers earn an average mean wage of around $41,000 per year. Correctional officers will make slightly less, with their annual salary being around $32,000. Probation and parole officers earn somewhere in the middle of the pay scale, with their annual salary being around $38,000. The benefits package for all of these workers typically includes health, dental and life insurance, paid vacation and a 401(k) plan. These figures will allow individuals to live a rather comfortable lifestyle, as the cost of living here is rather low when compared to the rest of the nation.

Start your venture today by researching the many Kentucky criminal justice colleges below. You can request information from multiple schools so you can compare programs offered near you and find the best one for your goals!

Kentucky Criminal Justice Schools

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Traditional On Campus Programs:
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Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (Lexington, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Security Management, Certificate - Homeland Security/Emergency Management
Campbellsville University (Campbellsville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Minor - Homeland Security
Daymar College (Scottsville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associates in Criminal Justice
Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, BS Fire Protection Administration (online), BS Fire Protection/Safety Tech (online), BS Occupational Safety (online), Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal Science, Bachelor of Science - Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies (online), Certificate - Criminal Justice (online), Certificate - Emergency Managment (online), Certificate - Fire & Emergency Services (online), Certificate - Homeland Security (online), Certificate - Occupational Safety (online), Certificate - Paralegal Science, Graduate Certificate - Correctional and Juvenile Justice Leadership (online), Graduate Certificate - Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies, MS Safety - Emergency Management (online), MS Safety - Ergonomics (online), MS Safety - Fire/Emergency Services (online), MS Safety - Homeland Security (online), MS Safety - Occupational Safety (online), MS Safety (online), Master of Science - Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies (online), Masters Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Professional Certificate - Correctional Intervention Strategies (online), Professional Certificate - Criminal Justice, Undergraduate Minor - Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (Elizabethtown, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Gateway Community and Technical College (Covington, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Computer Forensics, Certificate - Homeland Security/Emergency Management Specialist, Certificate - Information Security
Hopkinsville Community College (Hopkinsville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Security and Loss Prevention, Certificate - Computer Forensics
ITT Technical Institute (Lexington, KY / Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice: Cyber Security, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Jefferson Community and Technical College (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Security & Loss Prevention, Certificate - Computer Forensics
Kentucky State University (Frankfort, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Madisonville Community College (Madisonville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Morehead State University (Morehead, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminology, Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal Studies, Master of Arts - Criminology
Murray State University (Murray, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Forensics
Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Coroprate Information Security, Minor - Criminalistics
Owensboro Community and Technical College (Owensboro, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Pikeville College (Pikeville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Saint Catharine College (Saint Catharine, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
Somerset Community College (Somerset, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (Cumberland, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
Sullivan University (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

AS - Justice and Public Safety (online), Associate of Science - Legal Administrative Professional, Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Justice and Public Administration, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies, Certificate - Paralegal Studies, Diploma - Legal Administrative Assistant, Master of Science - Conflict Management (online), Post Baccalaureate Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Biology, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Chemistry
Union College (Barbourville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration / Criminal Justice (online), Master of Science of Criminal Justice (online)
University of Phoenix (Florence, KY / Louisville, KY)
Programs Offered:

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)
University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, KY)
Programs Offered:

BS - Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Justice Administration
Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Arts - Legal Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Criminology, Master of Arts - Criminology (online)