Criminal Justice Programs in Missouri

We found 125 Missouri criminal justice programs in our online database.

Missouri is a unique state with a very unique major city lying between state lines (bordering Kansas). Kansas City is in both Kansas and Missouri which can add intricacies to local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies approach to law enforcement. That alone is a signal to do your research on what criminal justice school works the best for you.

SchoolLevelProgramAdmissions

Michigan State University

MasterMaster of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Utica College

BachelorBS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Aurora University

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Campbellsville University

AssociateAS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Lewis University

MasterMS in Criminal/Social JusticeWebsite

Point University

BachelorBachelor of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

The University of Central Missouri (located in Springfield) offers a criminal justice program that allows the student to select the electives that make the most sense to them. Some of those Central Missouri classes include Homeland Security, Introduction to Terrorism, and International Justice among others. There are also a lot of different options in regards to funding as you can look at Missouri criminal justice specific scholarships and apply if you meet the criteria found here. The rest of the state of Missouri sees these varying levels of degrees:

  • 46 schools with criminal justice degrees
  • 15 schools with associate has degrees
  • 1 school offering a PhD

It is also important to consider the statistics around those that also might be considering a criminal justice degree. You can see Missouri at a glance below based on census data:

  • 2013 population estimate: 6,044,171
  • Persons under the age of 18 years old: 23.1 percent
  • Persons with high school graduate level or higher: 87.6 percent
  • Persons with a bachelor has degree level or higher: 26.2 percent

Missouri Criminal Justice Degree Insights

Some of the schools in Missouri that offer some sort of criminal justice programs include:

We wanted to make sure that we provided a few of the different options and encourage you to look at some of the courses that each program will require. Most of the options above are non-profit options but there are also for-profit options available too (as well as online). Be sure to consider what each program focuses on as they can differ from school to school. Missouri Southern State offers a computer forensics degree which is a dual degree offered with the Computer Science Department.

University of Missouri St. Louis offers degrees at a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level within criminal justice allowing you to continue your level of education further and further (if you so desire). Their site also mentions that they strive to teach findings that can be concluded from statistical analysis and research making their approach to criminal justice very scientific.

Missouri Criminal Justice Organizations

You will likely want to chat with people that have gone through one of the criminal justice programs in Missouri to get a clear picture of what is needed. After you begin school, some future careers in criminology will require that you have an internship from an agency. We have provided some different Missouri criminology organizations below that can be the starting point for you to hopefully find a potential contact:

Making contact and getting time out of a police chief’s day could be challenging but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Reach out to individuals at each location to extend your chances of a sit down with somebody to hear firsthand what a degree in criminal justice will require. Be sure to explore demands around curriculum workload and how relevant the degree information was to the current job role they’re in. They might be able to even help you select more relevant elective courses when that time rolls around.

Missouri Criminal Justice Careers

There are a variety of different ways you can get into a criminal justice job within the state of Missouri. After gaining the proper education (certifications, degree, or even master has degree) you will likely need to go through a training academy of sorts. According to the Missouri Sheriffs ha Association website, you can sign up for different courses and continuing education for those that are already in the force. They have helped put over 31k officers through their training and will have an ongoing sign up in the future. You can also see what an application will look like if you’re aiming to gain employment in Jefferson City, MO here. While the focus is on a sheriff has job in Missouri, it can be a guide for what to expect in similar lines of work.

Criminal Justice Career Outlook in Missouri

Below is a numerical breakdown of the different criminology agencies within Missouri. It should help you gain a better breakdown of the job opportunities within the state and help give you direction in which agencies to research further. We pulled these statistics directly from the Wikipedia page.

  • 11+ State Agencies
  • 115+ County Agencies
  • 111 City Agencies
  • 2 College/University Agencies

State agencies include Missouri Department of Corrections to the Missouri State Park Rangers while the college agencies include the state universities (ex. University of Missouri and Truman State University).

Missouri Criminology Based Jobs Outlook

The important thing to weigh when looking at a potential career direction is the current situation with that career and where it is anticipated to go. We have utilized ONET which offers current career statistics and future outlook for the state of Missouri. Missouri has a median salary for police offers at $43,100 whereas the median nation salary is at $56,100. While a significant difference, living costs and other items that might be higher in large metropolitan cities need to be taken into account. At the last count which took place in 2012, there were 11,850 employees and by 2022, 12,380 employees are expected according to that same data. Typically, in most jobs, when there is an expected growth in workforce there is usually growth in supervisory positions (which could be the case for criminal justice jobs based in Missouri).

List of Criminal Justice Programs in Missouri

SchoolLevelProgramAdmissions

Michigan State University

MasterMaster of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Utica College

BachelorBS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Aurora University

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Campbellsville University

AssociateAS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Lewis University

MasterMS in Criminal/Social JusticeWebsite

Point University

BachelorBachelor of Science in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal JusticeWebsite

Saint Joseph's University

MasterMS in Criminal Justice - Intelligence & Crime AnalysisWebsite

Alvernia University

BachelorAddictions and Mental Health Treatment (formerly Behavioral Health)Website

Anna Maria College

BachelorBachelor of Science in Fire ScienceWebsite

Campbellsville University

BachelorBS in Criminal Justice AdministrationWebsite

Campbellsville University

MasterMS in Justice Studies: Criminology TrackWebsite

Campbellsville University

MasterMS in Justice Studies: Public Services Leadership and Social Justice TrackWebsite

Concordia University - Saint Paul

BachelorBA in Criminal JusticeWebsite

East Central University

BachelorBA in Criminal Justice PolicyWebsite

View more online criminal justice programs currently accepting applications.

All Criminal Justice Programs

See below for the list of all of the Criminal Justice in Missouri. Find the best program for you online or in Missouri.

American College of Technology

St. Joseph MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Diploma

Brown Mackie College-St Louis

Fenton MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Certificate

Bryan College-Springfield

Springfield MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Central Methodist University

Fayette MO
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout MO
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Colorado Technical University-Kansas City

North Kansas City MO
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Human Services Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • M.S. in Homeland Security Online

Columbia College

Columbia MO
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice Administration Online
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S. in Forensic Science
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Culver-Stockton College

Canton MO
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Drury University

Springfield MO
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

East Central College

Union MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice

Evangel University

Springfield MO
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Grantham University

Kansas City MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice Online

Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Harris-Stowe State University

Saint Louis MO
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Jefferson College

Hillsboro MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Lincoln University

Jefferson City MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.A. in Sociology/Criminal Justice

Lindenwood University

St. Charles MO
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

Metropolitan Community College-Blue River

Independence MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Adult Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Services
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Police Science
  • Police Science Certificate

Mineral Area College

Park Hills MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Forensics
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Judicial Administration
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice Certificate

Missouri Baptist University

Saint Louis MO
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Missouri Southern State University

Joplin MO
  • A.S. in Law Enforcement
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Computer Forensics
  • B.S. in Juvenile Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice Online

Missouri Valley College

Marshall MO
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph MO
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Administration
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Juvenile Delinquency
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Moberly Area Community College

Moberly MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice

National American University-Independence

Independence MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online

National American University-Lee's Summit

Lee's Summit MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online

National American University-Zona Rosa

Kansas City MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Online

North Central Missouri College

Trenton MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Certificate

Park University

Parkville MO
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration

Rockhurst University

Kansas City MO
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice

Saint Louis Community College

St. Louis MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice - Corrections Certificate
  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Certificate

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau MO
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar MO
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

St Charles Community College

Cottleville MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Certificate

State Fair Community College

Sedalia MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice

Three Rivers Community College

Poplar Bluff MO
  • A.A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Certificate

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg MO
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City MO
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology

University of Phoenix-Kansas City Campus

Kansas City MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Cybercrimes Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Institutional Health Care
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Institutional Health Care Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Security Online
  • B.S. in Organizational Security and Management
  • B.S. in Organizational Security and Management Online

University of Phoenix-St Louis Campus

St. Louis MO
  • A.A. in Criminal Justice Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Cybercrimes
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Cybercrimes Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Institutional Health Care
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Institutional Health Care Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Management Online
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration - Security Online
  • B.S. in Organizational Security and Management
  • B.S. in Organizational Security and Management Online
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security

Vatterott College-Saint Joseph

St. Joseph MO
  • A.O.S. in Criminal Justice

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