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Nebraska Criminal Justice Degree Programs
(found 19 schools)




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

Overview

When most people think of Nebraska, they think of a safe, Midwestern state with low crime rates. It's true that Nebraska is largely a safe state; the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Nebraska has the 15th lowest rate of violent crime in the country. However, crime rates don't stay low on their own—Nebraska relies on its police force to keep the state safe.

Nebraska takes safety seriously, which is why they have the Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Their research found a slight increase in property crimes from 2011 to 2012, including a 7 percent increase in arson and a 2 percent increase in burglary and motor vehicle theft.

Criminal Justice Education in Nebraska

You could enter into the growing field of criminal justice with the program listings at CriminalJusticePrograms.com. Find out more about this degree and then contact our featured schools.

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If you want to earn a criminal justice degree, you have to decide if you want an Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree. An Associate's degree gives you a basic understanding and overview of the various parts of the criminal justice field, while a Bachelor's degree gives you a more thorough understanding of the field. Regardless of which degree level you choose to pursue, the topics you study are largely the same. You can look forward to studying:

  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminology and Victimology
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Policing

Since there are so many areas of criminal justice, you may want to specialize in one area. Some schools require you to select a specialty area, while other schools make it optional. Study something that suits your future career goals and matches your interests. Popular choices include:

  • Forensic Techniques
  • Identity Theft
  • Violent Crime
  • Internet Crime

Another way to get the most from your education is completing an internship. A criminal justice internship is usually one semester long. Your school matches you to an internship site that suits your coursework and career goals to give you valuable experience. In some cases, an internship can even turn into a job offer.

The Nebraska State Grants, the EducationQuest's "Reaching Your Potential" Scholarship and the Lincoln Community Foundation are financial assistance programs intended specifically for students in Nebraska. Many of Nebraska's universities and colleges offer school-specific scholarships, which may help fund your criminal justice education.

If you are concerned about paying for school, you may want to visit this page to learn more about criminal justice scholarships.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Nebraska

Since most criminal justice programs are designed to prepare you for a career, you should have a good sense of what type of job you want after graduation. You can join the 15,000 protective service employees in Nebraska by looking for a career in the community, in the courtroom, or in the prison system.

Most criminal justice jobs in Nebraska require you to work in a variety of settings. Patrol officers, security guards, and detectives all have to work in the office, on the street, and at crime scenes. These careers may test your knowledge of criminal procedure and law. Courtroom and prison jobs are a bit sparser in Nebraska, but with the proper experience and education, you may be able to land a job in these coveted spots.

We've put together the salary for some top criminal justice career paths below. Data found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2014.

Are you ready to find out what a criminal justice degree can do for you and your community? Contact one of our featured schools to take the next step in your education.

Nebraska Criminal Justice Schools

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Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE)
Programs Offered:

M.S. - Security Management (online)
Central Community College (Grand Island, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Paralegal
Chadron State College (Chadron, NE)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
College of Saint Mary (Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate Degree - Paralegal
Doane College (Lincoln, NE)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Public Administration
ITT Technical Institute (Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Kaplan University (Lincoln, NE / Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

AAS - Criminal Justice (online), AAS - Fire Science (online), AAS - Paralegal Studies (online), Advanced Start Bachelor of Science - Corrections (online), BS - Criminal Justice (online), BS - Fire and Emergency Management (online), BS in Fire Science, BS in Legal Studies, BSBA - Criminal Justice (online), BSCJ - Computer Crime (online), BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) (online), BSCJ - Juvenile Justice (online), BSCJ - Law Enforcement (online), Computer Forensics Postbaccalaureate Certificate (Rockville), Corrections Certificate, M.P.A. in Criminal Justice (online), M.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections (online), M.S. in Criminal Justice - Leadership and Executive Management (online), MS - Criminal Justice, MS - Legal Studies (online), MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online), Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate
Kaplan University (Lincoln, NE / Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Associate of Applied Science in Public Safety and Security, Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, BS - Legal Support and Services , BS - Legal Support and Services - Paralegal Concentration , BS in Criminal Justice - Lincoln, NE, BS in Criminal Justice - Omaha, NE, BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation - Lincoln, NE, BSCJ - Crime Scene Investigation - Omaha, NE, BSCJ - Forensic Psychology - Lincoln, NE, BSCJ - Forensic Psychology - Omaha, NE, BSCJ - Homeland Security - Lincoln, NE, BSCJ - Homeland Security - Omaha, NE, BSCJ - Juvenile Justice, BSCJ - Law Enforcement - Lincoln, NE, BSCJ - Law Enforcement - Omaha, NE, BSHUS - Youth/Family Services and Administration, MPA - Criminal Justice, MPA - Emergency and Disaster Management, MS in Criminal Justice - Lincoln, NE, MS in Criminal Justice - Omaha, NE, MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Lincoln, NE, MS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management - Omaha, NE, MS in Legal Studies, MSCJ - Corrections - Lincoln, NE, MSCJ - Corrections - Omaha, NE, MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice - Lincoln, NE, MSCJ - Global Issues in Criminal Justice, MSCJ - Law - Omaha, NE, MSCJ - Law, MSCJ - Leadership/Executive Management, Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Undergraduate in Legal Studies
Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Midland Lutheran College (Fremont, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln, NE)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Forensic Science, Master of Forensic Science - Forensic Science, Minor - Criminal Justice, Minor - Peace and Justice Studies
Northeast Community College (Norfolk, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement, Associate of Applied Science - Legal Administrative Assistant, Associate of Arts - Corrections, Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement, Associate of Arts - Legal Administrative Assistant
Peru State College (Peru, NE)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Administration, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Counseling, Certificate of Achievement - Criminal Justice
Southeast Community College (Lincoln, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska-Kearney (Kearney, NE)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska-Omaha (Omaha, NE)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science - Criminology and Criminal Justice, Doctor of Philosophy - Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Arts - Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminology and Criminal Justice - Counseling, Master of Science - Criminology and Criminal Justice - Public Administration, Master of Science - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Omaha, NE)
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)
Wayne State College (Wayne, NE)
Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Minor - Emergency Management
Western Nebraska Community College (Scottsbluff, NE)
Programs Offered:

Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Correctional Technology, Certificate - Criminal Justice