Top Criminal Justice Degree Programs - Lexington, KY

Many schools in the Lexington area have top ranking criminal justice degree programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for criminal justice, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

Lexington, Kentucky, has about five colleges in the area that provide programs in criminal justice. Based off of school rankings, program options and graduation rates, the three institutions that stood out the most are:

  • Winner: Eastern Kentucky University is located 26 miles from Lexington, KY, in Richmond; however, it earns the top spot on this list for its five programs options offered through its Criminal Justice Department and high regional rankings from U.S. News and World Report.
  • Runner Up #1: Midway College, located in nearby Midway, was ranked 42nd on U.S. News and World Report's regional college rankings for the South in 2012. It also had the highest graduation rate among the three top schools.
  • Runner Up #2: Bluegrass Community and Technical College earns third place for offering multiple program options. Students here can earn both associate's degrees and certificates in criminal justice, and these programs have multiple specialty track options.

School Comparison Chart

Category Eastern Kentucky University Midway College Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Ranking #61 Regional University in the South
#27 Public School in the South**
#42 Regional College in the South** N/A
Location Richmond, KY Midway, KY Lexington, KY
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public
Tuition (YEAR) $7,320 (undergraduate, in-state)
$16,464 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$7,920 (graduate, in-state)
$13,860 (graduate, out-of-state)*
$20,850 (undergraduate in-state and out-of-state)
$6,840 (graduate in-state and out-of-state)*
$3,420 (undergraduate, in-state)
$11,820 (undergraduate, out-of-state)*
Criminal Justice Program Levels Offered Bachelor's, associate's and graduate degrees* Bachelor's degree* Certificate and associate's degree
Criminal Justice Certificates and Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 295* 0* 5*
Most Popular Program (2012) Bachelor's in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration* N\A* Associate's in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration*
2011 Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 37%* 60%* 20%*
Noteworthy Home to the Institute for Global Justice and Security, it features faculty members who have been published in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, American Journal of Criminal Justice and Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology The day program at the main campus still serves as Kentucky's sole women's college The community college was created in 2005 through a merger between Lexington Community College and Central Kentucky Technical College

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **US News & World Report.

Winner: Eastern Kentucky University

  • Student associations include the Criminal Justice and Police Studies Honor Society and chapters of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and the American Criminal Justice Association.
  • Based on studies by NCES, the three-year cohort default rate at the college was 12.3% for the 2009 fiscal year
  • Known for its diverse student population, including its reputation as a historically black college, it was home to more than 16,000 students and 3,000 full- and part-time faculty members in 2010.

The Associate of Arts in Police Studies 70-credit program focuses on contemporary policing issues related to criminal investigations, corrections administration and the U.S. justice system. The Bachelor of Science in Police Studies program consists of 128 credits of coursework, which is mostly derived from the associate's degree program and includes 48 credits of major and elective courses. Coursework covers the areas of behavioral science, criminal justice, research and ethics in policing. In addition to general education and social science courses, the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program covers major theories related to crime and violence. Some examine the origins of domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, business crimes and rural crime. Other topics include crime policies, criminal prosecutions, child abuse and civil rights.

With a major focus on criminal justice research, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program teaches students to use quantitative and qualitative research to examine problems with existing policies and programs designed to prevent and identify crimes. Upper-division courses analyze the efficiency of crime control policies, the relationship between power and violent crimes, the organization of political and corporate crimes and the foundation of moral vice in America. This program culminates in an oral thesis presentation.

Runner-Up #1: Midway College

  • The student-faculty ratio at the college was 14:1 in 2012-2013 based on reports by NCES
  • In Fall 2011, Midway had an admission rate of 69% according to NCES
  • The religious affiliation of the college is the Disciples of Christ

Midway College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety-Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice. The goal of the program is to give students the tools to succeed in law enforcement careers with federal, local, and state organizations. The courses in law and court systems will give students the knowledge of the judicial system as well as a keen awareness of criminal investigation. It takes 18 criminal justice concentration hours, 45 public safety administration major hours, and 37 general education hours to attain the degree. Conflict management, public safety administration, criminal acts, ethics, leadership, management, and finance are some the elements that are part of the curriculum.

Runner-Up #2: Bluegrass Community and Technical College

  • There are also campus locations in Cooper, Danville, Leestown, Newtown, Winchester and Lawrenceburg
  • The student population is made up of 114 Kentucky counties, 34 U.S. states, and 47 countries
  • In 2012-2013, estimated room and board expenses at the college were $6,975 based on data by NCES

The associate's degree program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College requires 60-63 credit hours to complete. Criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, and security-loss prevention are the four career tracks students can select from. Once students earn their degree, they will be qualified to pursue entry level jobs in corrections and policing. Over time, those who graduate can move into leadership positions in security-loss prevention, corrections, and policing. The college also offers certificates in those same career tracks that require 15 hours to complete. Coursework in this field will include areas such as writing, government, investigations, law, sociology, and humanities.

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