As larger prison populations strain state budgets, the criminal justice system is shifting focus from containment to rehabilitation. These changes bring a variety of rewarding career opportunities in corrections and juvenile justice. While the demand for highly-qualified individuals to manage and supervise the nation’s prison population remains high, there is an increasing need for professionals focused on offender rehabilitation and treatment programs.
Eastern Kentucky University is a recognized leader in criminal justice programming and provides one of the few degrees in the nation devoted to adult corrections and juvenile justice. Whether you are starting a new career or want to advance in your current one, EKU’s online corrections and juvenile justice programs could be the first step to reaching your goals.
EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in corrections and juvenile justice studies focuses on offender rehabilitation and community-based programs. Students are prepared to make a meaningful impact in offender treatment and prison administration. EKU’s real-world approach provides a practical education and opens the door to a variety of rewarding career opportunities.
Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits. Suggested minors for Corrections program include:
You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree. Suggested certificates for Corrections include:
View the full list of certificates available for completion as you earn your degree
Careers in corrections and juvenile justice are challenging and rewarding. A degree in corrections and juvenile justice studies can help you start or advance your career in the field of criminal justice.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) estimates that the number of individuals employed as probation officers and correctional treatment specialists will see an increase through 2028. Positions for correctional officers and other job opportunities in the criminal and juvenile justice fields are also expected to rise. The majority of these positions are housed in state and local governments within the department of corrections in prisons, youth correctional facilities and community agencies.
Job opportunities include:
Focusing on rehabilitation and evidence-based practices, EKU blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as rehabilitation strategies for adults and juvenile offenders, community corrections, the juvenile justice system, criminal justice, ethics, and perspectives on crime and delinquency.
Call or email Enrollment Advisor Jordan Tayce for information about the EKU Online Corrections & Juvenile Justice Studies Program.
EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.
Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.
*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.
“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”
– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate