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Criminal Justice in Nebraska

If you are looking for a criminal justice school in Nebraska, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of traditional colleges and universities offering well respected and accredited criminal justice programs. If you live in Nebraska but would prefer to get your criminal justice degree online, click here for a list of the top online schools.


Known as the “Cornhusker State,” Nebraska is a geographically large state in the bread-basket of the US. The state’s economy depends heavily on agriculture; the Western part of Nebraska, including the panhandle, is made up almost entirely of farm and ranch land.

Farms and ranches grow less prevalent moving across the state to the east. In the center of Nebraska are the “Tri Cities” of Hastings, Grand Island, and Kearney. The three cities have a combined population of more than 100,000 people. Thus, in the middle of Nebraska, there are less farms and more people than in the Western part of the state.

Farther east, nearly half of Nebraska’s 2 million people live in the combined metropolitan areas of Omaha and Lincoln. Omaha is the state’s largest city and Lincoln is its capital.

Criminal Justice Jobs in Nebraska
Careers in the field of criminal justice are most likely to open up in Lincoln or Omaha, but there are often opportunities in Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney, as well as the smaller communities in Western Nebraska.

Police officers in Nebraska earn an average of $44,430 per year, but note that Omaha and Lincoln officers usually make significantly more than those working in the rest of the state. Careers with private security companies generally pay around $22,000 per year in Nebraska. Detective positions are more difficult to come by, but they pay almost $70,000 per year, on average.

Jobs in Nebraska generally pay less than more populous areas of the US, but job security is often better. Nebraska’s unemployment rate is approximately half of the national average.

Nebraska Criminal Justice Degree Financial Aid
There are at least 19 colleges and universities in Nebraska that offer criminal justice degree programs. Among the top programs are those offered by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Chadron State College. The Universities of Nebraska at Kearney and Omaha also offer strong programs.

A number of financial aid options are available for criminal justice students studying in Nebraska. The first step in securing financial aid is usually to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”). Additionally, each Nebraska school has its own grant and scholarship programs. For example, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, home of the Cornhusker sports teams, hands out dozens of merit-based scholarships each semester. Additionally, the University gives grants each year to incoming freshmen. Some are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to apply early.

For the most part, financial aid is handled internally, by each school. There are no state-wide financial aid programs in Nebraska. It is thus best to contact the financial aid offices directly to discuss potential aid.

Nebraska Criminal Justice Programs:
* – Denotes Online Program Available

Bellevue University, Bellevue

  • B.S. – Correction Admin and Management*
  • B.S. – Criminal Justice Administration*
  • B.S. – Investigations*
  • B.S. – Legal Studies*
  • B.S. – Security Management*
  • M.S. – Security Management*
  • MS – Justice Administration & Crime Management*

Central Community College, Grand Island

  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science – Paralegal

Chadron State College, Chadron

  • Bachelor of Arts – Justice Studies: Criminal Justice

College of Saint Mary, Omaha

  • Associate Degree – Paralegal

Doane College, Lincoln

  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science – Public Administration

ITT Technical Institute, Omaha

  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice

Kaplan University, Lincoln, Omaha

  • AAS – Criminal Justice*
  • AAS – Fire Science*
  • AAS – Paralegal Studies*
  • Advanced Start Bachelor of Science – Corrections*
  • BS – Criminal Justice*
  • BS – Fire Science*
  • BS – Fire and Emergency Management*
  • BS in International and Comparative Criminal Justice*
  • BSBA – Criminal Justice*
  • BSCJ – Computer Crime*
  • BSCJ – Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)*
  • BSCJ – Forensic Psychology*
  • BSCJ – Juvenile Justice*
  • BSCJ – Law Enforcement*
  • MPA – Criminal Justice*
  • MS – Criminal Justice*
  • MS – Fire and Emergency Services*
  • MS – Homeland Security / Emergency Management*
  • MS – Legal Studies*
  • MSCJ – Corrections*
  • MSCJ – Leadership and Executive Management*
  • MSLS – Education and the Legal System*
  • MSLS – Health Care Delivery*
  • MSLS – Legal System and the Media*
  • MSLS – State and Local Government*

Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska, Omaha

  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice

Midland Lutheran College, Fremont

  • Associate of Science – Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln

  • Certificate – Forensic Science
  • Master of Forensic Science – Forensic Science
  • Minor – Criminal Justice
  • Minor – Peace and Justice Studies

Northeast Community College, Norfolk

  • Associate of Applied Science – Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Applied Science – Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Associate of Arts – Corrections
  • Associate of Arts – Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Arts – Legal Administrative Assistant

Peru State College, Peru

  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice: Administration
  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice: Counseling
  • Certificate of Achievement – Criminal Justice

Southeast Community College, Lincoln

  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney

  • Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha

  • Bachelor of Science – Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts – Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science – Criminology and Criminal Justice: Counseling
  • Master of Science – Criminology and Criminal Justice: Public Administration
  • Master of Science – Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix, Omaha

  • AA – Criminal Justice*
  • BS – Criminal Justice Administration: Human Services*
  • BS – Criminal Justice Administration: Management*
  • BS – Criminal Justice Administration*
  • BS – Organizational Security Management*
  • MS – Administration of Justice and Security*

Wayne State College, Wayne

  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice
  • Minor – Emergency Management

Western Nebraska Community College, Scottsbluff

  • Certificate – Correctional Technology
  • Certificate – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

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