Kentucky Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Students looking for criminal justice training programs in Kentucky have a multitude of programs to choose from, as well as a number of different scholarship opportunities dedicated to Kentucky residents interested in law enforcement and the justice system.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

KY Criminal Justice Programs

Kentucky has 49 criminal justice schools, which include community colleges, technical institutes, colleges and universities. Students can choose from 47 undergraduate degrees, 4 graduate degrees, and various areas of study, including security and law enforcement, corrections, criminal justice, paralegal studies, homeland security, security management, and correctional intervention strategies to name just a few.

Criminal Justice Scholarships

Kentucky has several avenues student can take to obtain grants and scholarships to help pay the cost of college. There is several national scholarship programs aimed at students that are dependents of law enforcement agents. These may include Youth Scholarship Program, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., STRIVE, and Police Family Survivors Fund Scholarship. The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority sets up various scholarships, such as the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation Scholarship and Robert Walker Memorial Scholarship.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

Wages for criminal justice professionals working in Kentucky are higher than the national average in some jobs and lower than the national average for other occupations, according to an O*NET 2014 report.

Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers ($65,500); judges, magistrate judges & magistrates ($134,300); and private detectives & investigators (&46,900) each had average yearly earnings in 2014 that were above the national average for those occupations. Detectives & criminal investigators ($49,200); forensic science technicians ($41,500); police & sheriff’s patrol officers ($41,600); correctional officers & jailers ($27,800); and probation officers & correctional treatment specialists ($33,800) all had average earnings lower than the national average for those professions.

One thing worth noting is most of these criminal justice careers in Kentucky are expected to experience excellent job growth despite the lower-than-average wages. Below is a chart of the most common criminal justice careers and the predicted employment growth from 2012-2022 as reported by O*NET.

  • Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers – 14%
  • Detectives & criminal investigators – 15%
  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – 23%
  • Forensic science technicians – 28%
  • Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – 32%
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives – 27%
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – 17%
  • Correctional officers & jailers – 25%
  • Private detectives & investigators – 16%

All Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Kentucky

Featured online criminal justice programs accepting applicants from Kentucky

Campus-based criminal justice schools in Kentucky

Ashland Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Ashland, KY 

Beckfield College-Florence
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Florence, KY 

Bellarmine University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Louisville, KY 

Big Sandy Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Prestonsburg, KY 

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Lexington, KY 

Brown Mackie College-Hopkinsville
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Hopkinsville, KY 

Brown Mackie College-Louisville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Louisville, KY 

Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Fort Mitchell, KY 

Campbellsville University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Campbellsville, KY 

Daymar College-Bellevue
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Bellevue, KY 

Daymar College-Bowling Green
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Bowling Green, KY 

Daymar College-Louisville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Louisville, KY 

Daymar College-Madisonville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Madisonville, KY 

Daymar College-Online
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Louisville, KY, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Daymar College-Owensboro
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Owensboro, KY 

Daymar College-Paducah Main
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Paducah, KY 

Daymar College-Scottsville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Scottsville, KY 

Eastern Kentucky University
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science Forensic Science and Technology


Richmond, KY 

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Elizabethtown, KY 

Gateway Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Florence, KY 

Hazard Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Hazard, KY 

Hopkinsville Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Hopkinsville, KY 

ITT Technical Institute-Lexington
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Lexington, KY 

ITT Technical Institute-Louisville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Louisville, KY 

Jefferson Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Louisville, KY 

Kentucky State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Frankfort, KY 

Kentucky Wesleyan College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Owensboro, KY 

Lincoln College of Technology-Florence
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Florence, KY 

Lindsey Wilson College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Columbia, KY 

Madisonville Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Madisonville, KY 

Midway College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Midway, KY 

Murray State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Murray, KY 

Northern Kentucky University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Highland Heights, KY 

Owensboro Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Owensboro, KY 

Saint Catharine College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Saint Catharine, KY 

Somerset Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Somerset, KY 

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Cumberland, KY 

Strayer University-Kentucky
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Lexington, KY 

Sullivan University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Louisville, KY 

Thomas More College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Crestview Hills, KY 

Union College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Barbourville, KY 

University of Louisville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Louisville, KY 

University of Pikeville
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Pikeville, KY 

University of the Cumberlands
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Williamsburg, KY 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Paducah, KY