Career Opportunities

Careers in criminal justice leadership are challenging and rewarding. The criminal justice system employs nearly two million people across the nation and is made up of multiple aspects including, law enforcement, corrections, the court system, probation and parole.

A master’s degree in justice, policy and leadership can help you gain the management, communication and budgeting skills needed to make your mark in criminal justice leadership and influence policy makers. Graduates are prepared for career advancement and to take on leadership roles within community organizations that promote diversity and support the equitable treatment and human rights of all people.

Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $54,229 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $54,229 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Job Opportunities*

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Police & Detectives


Median Annual Salary:
$63,380 per year
$30 per hour

Number of Jobs:

Typical Entry-Level
High School Diploma

(Varies by agency & department- bachelor’s degrees are increasingly being required)


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Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists    

Median Annual Salary:   
$53,020 per year
$25 per hour

Number of Jobs:

Typical Entry-Level
Bachelor’s Degree

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Social & Community Services Manager

Median Annual Salary:
$65,320 per year
$31 per hour

Number of Jobs:

Typical Entry-Level Education:
Bachelor's Degree

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Training Specialist


Median Annual Salary:
$60,870 per year
$29 per hour

Number of Jobs:

Typical Entry-Level Education:
Bachelor's Degree

*Job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook. Which can be found at

Employment Outcomes

Graduate Occupations

First-Line Supervisors of Police & Detectives

Detectives & Criminal Investigators

Police & Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Public Relations & Fundraising Managers

Training & Development Specialists

Probation Officers & Correctional Treatment Specialists

Graduate Employers

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

American Probation & Parole Association

Appalachian Citizens Law Center

Benchmark Family Services, Inc.

Broadening Horizons, Inc.

Cabinet for Health & Family Services

Graduate Job Titles

Adjunct Instructor

Probation Officer

Residential Counselor

Behavior Specialist

Budget Analyst

Case Management Supervisor