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Oklahoma Criminal Justice Degree Programs

State Agency: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Overview

Oklahoma is located in the south-central United States and has a population of approximately 3.7 million. The capital and largest city is Oklahoma City. This is where you will find the majority of the state's post-secondary institutions. There are plenty of state parks in Oklahoma, and fishing, camping and hiking are popular outdoor activities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), around 7,700 people work as police officers or sheriff's deputies, with another 11,800 people working as security guards, which combined account for more than half of the protective services occupations in Oklahoma. There are also several federal and state law enforcement agencies that hire correctional officers, probation and parole officers and crime scene technicians as well.

Search our school listings to reach out to individual criminal justice colleges near you! Find out as much information as you can for each program to ensure you've chosen the best school for your needs and goals.

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Criminal Justice Education in Oklahoma

Before working in one of these occupations, many individuals often first study criminal justice at one of the numerous colleges located in the Sooner State. In all, there are 33 different institutions that offer a criminal justice education, including Bacone College in Muskogee, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, and Brown Mackie College in Tulsa. Caddo Kiowa College and Central Technology Center in Drumright both offer career certificates in law enforcement, while other schools offer everything from an associate degree to doctorate degrees.

When pursing a criminal justice degree, foundational courses in math and science will normally be required before taking career-specific classes. A few of the classes that might be required are:

  • Police Writing
  • Jail Procedures
  • Information Systems Security
  • Courts and Criminal Procedures
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Criminology
  • Evidence
  • Legal Research
  • Police Ethics
  • Crime and Victims
  • Cyber-Crime

Many of these courses will require students to perform cases studies on notorious crimes or conduct their own research as to why certain types of crimes happen. Writing reports will become a regular routine to prepare individuals for the type of work they will perform later.

Financial aid programs specific to Oklahoma include the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, the Oklahoma Equalization Grant and the Oklahoma Higher Education Access Program. If you need additional funding, you can always investigate federal programs. Many schools also offer institution-specific scholarships, some for criminal justice majors.

Learn more about scholarships in criminal justice by exploring our financial aid resources page.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Oklahoma

Of the many occupations in the protective services field, you'll likely find better opportunities if you have a degree in criminal justice. Oklahoma has many state agencies that hire police officers, including the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Individuals can even branch out and become conservation officers, working for either the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation or the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

Each of Oklahoma's 77 counties operates its own sheriff's department, and all of them have a need for patrol officers and detectives. In addition, there are numerous city police departments, college police departments, and tribal agencies as well. Larger city departments such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa have numerous opportunities for one to advance to police detective after gaining three to five years of practical experience.

Federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security have field offices here as well. These agencies often work hand in hand with city or tribal agencies to keep citizens of a particular area safe. Those who are hired by these agencies must pass a background check and undergo written and physical fitness testing beforehand.

Below are some of the most common salaries for Oklahoma criminal justice careers, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 data.

If you're ready to make a difference in the criminal justice field, contact our featured schools to learn more about their programs!

Oklahoma Criminal Justice Schools

Online programs may not be available in all areas

Additional Criminal Justice Schools in Oklahoma
Bacone College (Muskogee, OK)
Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Studies

  • Caddo Kiowa Technology Center (Fort Cobb, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Accident Investigation
  • Certificate - Communications/911/APCO
  • Certificate - Criminal Investigation
  • Certificate - Introduction to Security
  • Certificate - Jail Officer Procedures
  • Certificate - Patrol
  • Certificate - Police Report Writing
  • Certificate - Private Investigator
  • Certificate - Safety
  • Certificate - Security Guard Training
  • Certificate - Security Procedures for Employees
  • Certificate - Traffic

  • Cameron University (Lawton, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Central Technology Center (Drumright, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Public Safety

  • East Central University (Ada, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - Adult Corrections
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

  • Eastern Oklahoma State College (Wilburton, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Great Plains Technology Center (Lawton, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Career Training - Criminal Justice Officer
  • Career Training - Security Guard Training - Phase 1 Basic
  • Career Training - Security Guard Training - Phase 4 Firearms

  • ITT Technical Institute (Oklahoma City, OK / Tulsa, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
  • Bachelor of Science - Information Systems Security

  • Langston University (Langston, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Corrections - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Corrections

  • Metro Technology Centers (Oklahoma City, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Criminal Forensics
  • Certificate - Pre-Law Enforcement

  • Mid-America Christian University (Oklahoma City, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Ethics (online)

  • Murray State College (Tishomingo, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Science - Homeland Security
  • Master of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University (Alva, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Justice Studies: Peace and Conflict
  • Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies: Criminology
  • Master of Science - Criminology

  • Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma City, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Crime Victim/ Survivor Services
  • Associate of Applied Science - Information Technology-Network Security

  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (Tulsa, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Graduate Certificate - Forensic Examination of Questioned Documents (online)
  • Master of Science - Forensic Document Examination
  • Master of Science - Forensic Science Administration (online)
  • Master of Science - Forensic Sciences - Research and Thesis

  • Redlands Community College (El Reno, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Collegiate Officer Program
  • Associate of Applied Science - Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Preparedness/Homeland Security
  • Associate of Applied Science - Juvenile Justice

  • Rogers State University (Claremore, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Justice Administration
  • Certificate - Law and Justice Option

  • Rose State College (Midwest City, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Certificate of Proficiency - Criminal Justice - Police Science

  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Public Administration

  • Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelors Degree - Criminal Justice

  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice

  • St. Gregory's University (Shawnee, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice

  • Tulsa Community College (Tulsa, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts - Fire and Emergency Services - Emergency and Community Preparedness
  • Associate of Arts - Fire and Emergency Services
  • Associate of Arts - Human Services - Corrections
  • Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement - Collegiate Officer
  • Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement

  • Tulsa Tech (Tulsa, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Career Training - Court Reporter

  • University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - General
  • Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice - Police
  • Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science
  • Master of Arts - Criminal Justice Management and Administration
  • Master of Science - Forensic Science

  • University of Phoenix (Oklahoma City, OK / Tulsa, OK)
    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)

  • Vatterott College (Oklahoma City, OK / Tulsa, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree Criminal Justice - Tulsa
  • Associate Degree Paralegal - Oklahoma City

  • Western Oklahoma State College (Altus, OK)
    Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Collegiate Officer Program
  • Associate of Applied Science - Corrections
  • Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice

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