Criminal Justice Programs in Kentucky

We found 127 Kentucky criminal justice programs in our online database.
School Level Program Admissions

Norwich University

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

Norwich University

Master MS in Criminal Justice Website

Michigan State University

Master MA in Criminal Justice Website

Utica College

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

Utica College

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

Aurora University

Bachelor BA in Criminal Justice Website

Campbellsville University

Associate AS in Criminal Justice Administration Website

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

Kentucky has a unique layout with it has cities and their corresponding populations. When you look at the population spread, Louisville is by far the largest city at over 590k people. The second largest city by population is Lexington at over 290k people according to the 2010 census bureau. After those two cities, the next largest city is Bowling Green at 58k people which is a pretty signficant drop off from the previous two.

School Level Program Admissions

Point University

Bachelor Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Website

Campbellsville University

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Administration Website

Campbellsville University

Master MS in Justice Studies: Criminology Track Website

Campbellsville University

Master MS in Justice Studies: Public Services Leadership and Social Justice Track Website

Concordia University - Saint Paul

Bachelor BA in Criminal Justice Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Science in Cyber and Homeland Security Website

King University

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

While there are a variety of other cities in the range of Bowling Green, you can see a lot of the Kentucky population is concentrated in the first two cities. We wanted to take an even more in depth look at the population of Kentucky by giving a general breakdown of their population and corresponding educational levels based on census data:

  • 2014 population estimate: 4.41 million
  • Persons under the age of 18 years old: 23.1 percent
  • Persons with high school graduate level or higher: 83 percent
  • Persons with a bachelor has degree level or higher (25+ years of age): 21.5 percent

An interesting aspect to these statistics is that the national average of persons with a bachelor has degree level or higher is actually at 28.8 percent. So Kentucky is a bit lower than the national average which could mean that you might stand out if you have a criminal justice degree.

Criminal Justice Degree Information for Kentucky

There are several different school options for you to gain a degree in criminal justice in Kentucky. We always try to provide a more in depth look at an example school and Eastern Kentucky has a criminal justice program that has been recognized nationally. Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) actually has an online program in Corrections, Policing and Homeland Security that has been recognized for that program and the level of quality being provided from it.

You can see that while many believe you have to attend a traditional lecture type of school to get a degree, Kentucky has multiple online programs that show you have several different options.

Finding Uniqueness in Similar Criminal Justice Schools

Looking at the map above of all the different schools offering a criminal justice related program in Kentucky really illustrates how difficult the decision making process can be for selecting a program. When you narrow your search down to two or three programs, you might begin to struggle in seeing differences because the schools have too many similarities on bigger things like tuition cost, locale, etc. When this happens, we recommend taking a deeper look at the unique value adds of each program to help make that decision making easier. Does the school offer exclusive internship offers that the other schools don’t? Are there partnerships with professional organizations that might improve employment opportunities upon graduation? Is there a scholarship offered at one school you qualify for that the other does not have? Questions like these might lead to deciding factor conclusions. We’ve chosen a couple of examples of programs in Kentucky to give you a better idea.

  • College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University: EKU tries to combine a faculty that has had or currently is in a criminal justice profession to show students how to apply academic learning into real world situations. They also try to have their curriculum be more real world and hands on with their available criminal justice programs.
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice at University of Louisville: This Master’s level program at Louisville offers the uniqueness of having the Southern Police Institute be a division of the Criminal Justice department at Louisville. This is an advanced training institute that allows students to to enhance their professional development within law enforcement.

Once you get the research down, you will see that some of the finer details around certain programs make it much easier to select between (what you previously thought) similar programs.

Kentucky Criminology Organizations

You have a breakdown of the cities, their populations, and the educational levels of what the Kentucky population looks like along with highlighting a few of the criminal justice programs in the state. While all of the data and statistics are good, sometimes a firsthand experience can help you decide more than anything. We have compiled a list of different criminal justice organizations throughout Kentucky which we encourage you to reach out to and see if you can talk to the people that may have recently earned the degree you are looking at (and working in the criminal justice career you want to work in).

With just a few clicks, we were able to find some of the executive staff within the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (i.e. Dr. John Bizzack, Leslie Gannon, and Donna Masters). Reaching out to these key people in an organization directly related to the criminal justice education path could be crucial to making your decision.

Kentucky Criminal Justice Careers

With the abundance of police jobs in Kentucky and other states, a lot of people that have earned their degree and completed the necessary training always look at sheriff or police jobs specifically. You should consider looking at all your options like possibly becoming a Juvenile Services Specialist at the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. What would a role like that look like? You would be in charge of working with youth and helping to decide the placement of those youths that might need support themselves or be put into a different environment to prevent them from repeating an offense (according to the Kentucky government website). While a job like this can be very challenging, it can also be very rewarding by working with the youth throughout Kentucky. This is just an example but you could also check out the some of the sworn positions at a local county sheriff. We took We looked at the Jefferson County Sheriff website located in Louisville, and looked at some of their requirements to become a Deputy Sheriff that include (but are not limited to):

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet the physical agility requirements
  • Psychological test completion

Those are just a few of the details around the requirements for that particular position but you will see these vary from department to department and agency to agency.

Criminal Justice Jobs in Kentucky

We always want to give you detail about a particular role or two like we did in the previous section but also like to give the user an idea of what the entire state offers from an agency standpoint. This can help guide you in where to begin your criminal justice job search in Kentucky.

  • 6+ state agencies
  • 168 county agencies
  • 120+ city agencies
  • 3 airport police agencies
  • 3 county police agencies
  • 3 community corrections
  • 10 university agencies
  • 1 public schools police agency
  • 4 law enforcement training academies

According to that same page of all the different agency listings, you can see that according to a 2008 US Bureau Justice Statistics Census Kentucky had 389 criminal justice agencies with over 7,800 sworn police officers.

Criminal Justice Career Outlook in Kentucky

We wanted to take it even a further step in the information we give you so we actually selected a sheriff patrol officer career outlook from ONET which provides estimates around salary and job opening growth (or decline). The median salary is $41,600 in Kentucky with the national average at $56,800. So Kentucky is lower than the national average but you will want to analyze all of the cost of living aspects around the state or city you hare in before you jump to any conclusions. Kentucky is expected to see a 32 percent increase in job openings from 2012 to 2022 (6,310 to 8,330) which is much higher than the national average of 6 percent. You can tell from that data that Kentucky is expected to see some very aggressive growth over the next few years but you will still want to keep an eye on the funding landscape of the state.

List of Criminal Justice Programs in Kentucky

School Level Program Admissions

Norwich University

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

Norwich University

Master MS in Criminal Justice Website

Michigan State University

Master MA in Criminal Justice Website

Utica College

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

Utica College

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

Aurora University

Bachelor BA in Criminal Justice Website

Campbellsville University

Associate AS in Criminal Justice Administration Website

Point University

Bachelor Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Website

Campbellsville University

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Administration Website

Campbellsville University

Master MS in Justice Studies: Criminology Track Website

Campbellsville University

Master MS in Justice Studies: Public Services Leadership and Social Justice Track Website

Concordia University - Saint Paul

Bachelor BA in Criminal Justice Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Science in Cyber and Homeland Security Website

King University

Bachelor BS in Criminal Justice Website

Notre Dame College

Bachelor Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice  Website

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

All Criminal Justice Programs

See below for the list of all of the Criminal Justice in Kentucky. Find the best program for you online or in Kentucky.

Ashland Community and Technical College

Ashland KY
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice - Security & Loss Prevention
  • Criminal Justice - Computer Forensic Certificate

Beckfield College-Florence

Florence KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • Addictions Counseling Certificate
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Bellarmine University

Louisville KY
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

Prestonsburg KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Brown Mackie College-Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville KY
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice

Brown Mackie College-Louisville

Louisville KY
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky

Fort Mitchell KY
  • A.A.B. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville KY
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice Administration

Daymar College-Bellevue

Bellevue KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

Daymar College-Bowling Green

Bowling Green KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Paralegal Studies

Daymar College-Louisville

Louisville KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

Daymar College-Madisonville

Madisonville KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice

Daymar College-Online

Louisville KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice Online
  • Criminal Justice Diploma Online

Daymar College-Owensboro

Owensboro KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

Daymar College-Paducah Main

Paducah KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

Daymar College-Scottsville

Scottsville KY
  • Associates of Criminal Justice

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond KY
  • A.A. In Police Studies Online
  • B.S. in Corrections & Juvenile Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Forensic Science - Forensic Chemistry
  • B.S. in Forensic Science - Forensic Biology
  • B.S. In Police Studies Online
  • B.S. in Safety - Security and Emergency Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Corrections Leadership or Juvenile Justice Leadership Online
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Safety - Security and Emergency Management
  • Masters of Juvenile and Community Corrections Leadership Online

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

Elizabethtown KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Computer Forensics Certificate
  • Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certificate
  • Security and Loss Prevention Certificate

Gateway Community and Technical College

Covington KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certificate

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology - Securities & Loss Prevention
  • Computer Forensics Certificate

Jefferson Community and Technical College

Louisville KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention

Kentucky State University

Frankfort KY
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro KY
  • B.A. in Legal Studies
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology - Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology - Criminology
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology Online
  • B.S. in Legal Studies

Lincoln College of Technology-Florence

Florence KY
  • Criminal Justice Certificate

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia KY
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice - Legal
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice - Legal

Madisonville Community College

Madisonville KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Murray State University

Murray KY
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights KY
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice Online

Owensboro Community and Technical College

Owensboro KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice

Saint Catharine College

St Catharine KY
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Somerset Community College

Somerset KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention
  • Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certificate
  • Security and Loss Prevention Certificate

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

Cumberland KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention
  • Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Certificate
  • Security and Loss Prevention Certificate

Strayer University-Kentucky

Lexington KY
  • A.A in Criminal Justice
  • A.A in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Computer Security and Forensics
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Computer Security and Forensics Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice Administration Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Technology
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Technology Online

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills KY
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Union College

Barbourville KY
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice

University of Louisville

Louisville KY
  • B.S. in Administration of Justice
  • B.S. in Administration of Justice Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice Online
  • Ph.D. in Justice Administration

University of Pikeville

Pikeville KY
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg KY
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Paducah KY
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention

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