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Kansas Criminal Justice Degree Programs
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Overview

There's no place like home, and there's no place quite like Kansas if you're interested in prison history. Since 1875, the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth remains the longest continually running and the only maximum-security prison in the Department of Defense. Inmates serve time for military crimes related to matters of national security. Just a few miles south is the prison for civilians, the U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, which has been home to inmates over the year including James Earl Ray and Machine Gun Kelly.

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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 a criminal justice education can check out the scholarships offered by the American Criminal Justice Association.



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 the graph below, there is a wide range of salaries for different careers in criminal justice in Kansas. In Wichita, the largest city in state, the average salaries of many protective services occupations are $2,000 to $8,000 higher than the state averages. Pay also increases with experience. 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.

We've put together a graph of the salaries for some KS criminal justice career paths below from Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2017.

Private sector positions are also good possibilities for employment in criminal justice in Kansas. Private investigators contribute to the state's economy and offer services that complement state and regional law enforcement efforts. 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, may start at a fixed rate, and 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 usually comes with higher pay.

Contact the Kansas schools with criminal justice programs to learn more about your school and career options in the state.

You can also find criminal justice scholarship opportunities by clicking here.

Kansas Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Additional Criminal Justice Schools in Kansas
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

  • 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

  • Rasmussen College (Overland Park, KS / Topeka, KS)
    Programs Offered:
  • Accelerated Human Services Bachelor Degree-Completion Program
  • Criminal Justice Associates Degree
  • Cyber Security Bachelors Degree
  • Information Technology Management Associate - Network Security
  • Information Technology Management Associate`s - Network Security
  • Paralegal Associates Degree
  • Paralegal Certificate

  • 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:
  • 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

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