Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Serve your community while promoting public safety. Our degree and certificate programs prepare for you for police, corrections, or security careers.

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What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice prepares students for entry into the field of police work and related occupations including corrections, security and loss prevention. Students study the law as it relates to enforcement, human behavior, government and communications. Graduates may seek job opportunities on the federal, state, county and municipal levels.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
low: $43k med: $62k high: $98k

What are my career choices?

Police and detectives are employed by local governments,state police agencies and various Federal agencies. A small proportion work for educational services, rail transportation, contract investigation and security services.

Criminal Justice Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by KCEWS in 2016 for the state of Kentucky
Criminal Justice Core $30,280
Security and Loss Prevention $37,182
Corrections $40,300
Advanced Law Enforcement $52,649
Computer Forensics $81,062
Criminal Justice- Criminal Justice Track $43,866
Criminal Justice- Corrections Track $40,300
Criminal Justice- Law Enforcement Track $62,181
Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention Track $37,182

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


  • Associate in Applied Science
    • Criminal Justice Option
    • Law Enforcement Option


Additional Information

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.


Program Contact

Lesley Varney
Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator