Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

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You could be enforcing the law and protecting citizen rights.

If your motivation is helping people and doing something different every day, a career in Criminal Justice might be just what you are looking for. The Criminal Justice program will prepare you for entry into the field of police work and related occupations.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$62,181
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low: $43k med: $62k high: $98k

What are my career choices?

A graduate of the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice program can expect to work in federal, state, county and municipal jobs. With experience, you could move into administrative or supervisory positions in corrections, security and/or law enforcement.

Criminal Justice Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (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 classes do I have to take?

You will take a core of criminal justice courses, technical electives related to criminal justice and general education courses.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Degrees and Transfers

If you want to get a bachelor's degree, Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University and Midway College have completer degrees in Criminal Justice. EKU's will sync with ECTC's AAS degree, while Campbellsville and Midway require some specific classes.

Additionally, Western Kentucky University offers a Systems Management completer degree with classes offered in Hardin County.

Be aware that if you want a Justice Administration bachelor's degree at the University of Louisville, you need to earn an Associate in Arts degree instead of an AAS, as the CRJ classes will not transfer there. See the ECTC Transfer page for more information and AA transfer plans specific to particular transfer schools.

Certificate Options

To see a complete course listing for each credential use the KCTCS Course Catalog.

Other Important Information

Most potential employers will require that graduates have a criminal background check and security clearance. A felony conviction or a bad driving record could keep you from gaining employment. Also, keep in mind that some agencies will usually have physical fitness requirements.

Where do I start?

Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or COMPASS exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.

Additional Information

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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

Lawrence (Larry) Kelley
Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator
270.706.8490
lkelley0011@kctcs.edu