Comparison of Louisville Criminal Justice Programs
Short, undergraduate diploma programs in criminal justice are not available at any school within 50 miles of Louisville as of November 2018. However, criminal justice degree programs are offered by two schools within 10 minutes of downtown Louisville. These schools offer educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate criminal justice students. This article also includes a table that makes it easy for prospective students to compare the two institutions in areas such as enrollment and costs.
- The University of Louisville , located in downtown Louisville, offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice as well as an online or evening master's degree program in the field.
- Jefferson Community and Technical College, just over four miles from the heart of downtown, offers an associate degree program in criminal justice.
Comparison of Schools
Students need to consider several factors when choosing a school, and the following table offers a side-by-side comparison of important facts. Use it to make an informed education decision.
|The University of Louisville||Jefferson Community and Technical College|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||21,402*||12,250*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees 2017-2018||$11,264 in-state; $26,286 out-of-state*||$4,160 in-state; $13,880 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||97%*||92%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||81% for full time students*||59% for full time students*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Louisville
Located in downtown Louisville, the University of Louisville is composed of 12 schools and colleges. Students interested in criminal justice administration will find relevant academic opportunities at the university. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
This undergraduate degree program is designed to provide a broad overview of the criminal justice field. Some of the outcomes that students can expect include an understanding of the criminal justice process, sharp oral and written communication skills and understanding the connection between policy development and theory. This program can help prepare students for careers in law enforcement, the court system or corrections. Students must complete 121 credits in order to obtain the degree.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The master's degree program offers advanced theoretical and applied information on the administration of justice. The curriculum of the program can help train students for leadership positions in the field. The heart of the program is a combination of theoretical and practical coursework, and students may take electives in public administration, law, business and social work. The university offers this program during the evening or through online courses.
Jefferson Community and Technical College
One of the 16 colleges in Kentucky's Community and Technical College System, Jefferson has six campuses along the Kentucky/Indiana border. The college offers a comprehensive criminal justice training program with several academic options.
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Jefferson's associate degree program in criminal justice is designed to prepare students for work at the state, county or federal level. Students follow a curriculum that provides a generalized background in the field. Courses typically include criminal investigations, ethical issues in criminal justice, psychology and sociology. In addition to core coursework, students can also select an individualized study track in law enforcement, criminal justice, security and loss prevention or corrections. All of the courses in this program can be transferred to Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. The degree is also available fully online.