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Missouri Criminal Justice Degree Programs
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Listed below are all of the accredited schools in Missouri that offer Criminal Justice programs.

Overview

Missouri has produced a number of infamous outlaws and criminals, but none more so than Jesse James. He got his start in the fighting that ravaged the Missouri-Kansas border before the Civil War then joined up with "Bloody Bill" Anderson. After the war, he and his brother made a career of robbing banks, killing several men in the process. Despite his outlaw status; however, he became a folk hero to some. Long after his death, his legend remains a subject of fascination.

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Below, we speak with Darryl Forté, Chief of Police in Kansas City, Missouri, about his law enforcement career and advice for aspiring police officers.

Major Missouri Cities with Criminal Justice Schools


Criminal Justice Education in Missouri

With a degree in criminal justice from a Missouri college, you have the opportunity to directly influence the lives of your fellow citizens in a positive way. Whether you patrol the streets as a police officer, help people turn their lives around as a probation officer or solve crimes as a detective, your contributions will make a difference. Depending on your specific career interest, you will need an associate, bachelor, master or doctoral degree in criminal justice. However, the most common educational requirements for entry-level work in this field is a bachelor degree.

When evaluating various educational options, it is important to understand the learning outcomes of each college's criminal justice program to ensure that they match your own values. At a minimum, an accredited degree program in criminal justice should provide the following learning outcomes:

  • A working knowledge of the methods and theories in criminology and how they apply to the criminal justice system.
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills by applying social science research methods to criminal justice issues.
  • An understanding of how sociology, psychology, economics and political science play a role in crime and punishment in the United States.

Each criminal justice degree program is comprised of core courses, electives and field experience. The core courses build the foundation for the rest of your program and typically include the following:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Criminal Law and Theories of Crime
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Sociology
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Courts and Corrections

Students can find financial assistance for their studies in many places. For example the American Criminal Justice Association awards money to criminal justice students, and recently, the US government has begun offering scholarships to students specializing in cybercrime as long as they agree to work for a federal agency for at least two years upon graduation.

Outlook for Criminal Justice in Missouri

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), detectives earn a mean annual wage of just over $67,000. Police officers make more than $42,000, and corrections officers earn on average $29,300, according to 2012 data. If you live in a more populated part of the state such as Kansas City or St. Louis, police and correction officers make an average salary closer to $50,000 and $33,000.

In October 2013, there were 288 criminal justice jobs listed on the career website Indeed.com. Many of the positions advertised were for entry-level security guards, although there were also more advanced positions such as probation officer and private investigator. The salaries posted ranged from $20,000 to over $100,000 per year.

A probation officer and correctional treatment specialist is one of the most popular jobs in the field of criminal justice according to the BLS. In Missouri, the median annual wage in 2012 was $36,790. There were approximately 2,790 Missouri residents employed in this specialty field of criminal justice.

Although working as a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) looks glamorous on television, people in this field work long hours under challenging circumstances. However, most find it personally rewarding to use their investigative skills to solve crimes. A forensic science technician, which is another name for a crime scene investigator, earned an average of $51,570 nationwide in 2010. The BLS does not list state-specific data for this career.

These are just a couple of the career options available to you with a criminal justice degree. If you are uncertain which path you want to take, speak to a career counselor before you enroll in college to narrow your options. Below you can request information from multiple schools to learn about each criminal justice program.

Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

Avila University (Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminology and Justice Studies
Bryan University (Columbia, MO / Springfield, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate's in Criminal Justice, Diploma in Security and Investigation Specialist
Central Methodist University (Fayette, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Minor - Applied Law Enforcement
College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Corrections, Associate of Science - Law Enforcement
Colorado Technical University (North Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Court Reporting, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice (online), BS - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Court Reporting, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Forensic Investigation, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice - Human Services, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Cybercrime Investigation, MS - Management - Homeland Security (online)
Columbia College (Columbia, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice Administration (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Science, Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Master of Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Minor - Criminology
Crowder College (Neosho, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Law Enforcement
Culver-Stockton College (Canton, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
DeVry University (Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Technical Mgmt - Criminal Justice (online)
Drury University (Springfield, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Criminology
East Central College (Union, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice
Evangel University (Springfield, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Everest College (Springfield, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Paralegal, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal
Grantham University (Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
AA - Criminal Justice (online), BA - Criminal Justice (online)
Hannibal-Lagrange University (Hannibal, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Harris-Stowe State University (Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Hickey College (Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate Degree - Legal Administration, Associate Degree - Paralegal, Diploma - Legal Administration
ITT Technical Institute (Arnold, MO / Earth City, MO / Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice (online), Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice (online), Bachelor of Science - Cyber Security (online)
Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement Academy, Associate of Arts (online) - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
Lindenwood University (Saint Charles, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice Administrations, Master of Science - Public Management
Maryville University of Saint Louis (Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice / Criminology, Bachelor of Arts - Legal Studies: Law and Society, Bachelor of Arts - Legal Studies: Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Legal Studies
Metropolitan Community College (Independence, MO / Kansas City, MO / Lees Summit, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Science - Forensic Chemistry, Associate of Applied Science - Adult Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Adult Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Juvenile Services, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Police Science, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Chemisty, Associate of Applied Science - Forensic Science, Associate of Applied Science - Juvenile Services, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Practice, Associate of Applied Science - Police Science, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Police Science Program, Certificate - Police Science
Mineral Area College (Park Hills, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Fire Science Technology, Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic Technology, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Certificate - Fire Science, Certificate - Paramedic Technology
Missouri Baptist University (Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Administration of Justice
Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Law Enforcement (online), Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Science - Justice Studies (online), Bachelor of Science - Juvenile Justice, Certificate - Paralegal, Certified Training - Law Enforcement, Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Missouri State University (Springfield, MO)
Programs Offered:
BA in Criminology, BS in Criminology, Certificate in Homeland Security and Defense (online), MSAS Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Criminology (Accelerated, Traditional, or Online) (online)
Missouri State University-West Plains (West Plains, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Law Enforcement
Missouri Valley College (Marshall, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Minor - Forensic Science
Missouri Western State University (Saint Joseph, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Science - Legal Assistant, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice: Legal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Legal Assistant
Moberly Area Community College (Moberly, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement Training
National American University (Independence, MO / Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Paralegal Studies
North Central Missouri College (Trenton, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Park University (Parkville, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Science - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice Administration, Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration
Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Certificate - Paralegal
Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Forensic Science, Certificate - Social Justice, Master of Arts - Public Sociology and Criminology
Sanford-Brown College (Fenton, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Associate of Specialized Business - Paralegal Studies
Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Communication, Master of Science - Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Criminal Justice (online)
Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice
St. Charles Community College (Cottleville, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Criminal Justice
St. Louis Community College (Kirkwood, MO / Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate in Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate in Applied Science - Paralegal, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Certificate of Proficiency - Criminal Justice - Corrections, Certificate of Proficiency - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Certificate of Proficiency - Criminal Justice, Certificate of Proficiency - Paralegal
State Fair Community College (Sedalia, MO)
Programs Offered:
Diploma - Criminal Justice
Stevens Institute of Business & Arts (Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Arts - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor of Science - Organizational Behavior
Three Rivers College (Poplar Bluff, MO)
Programs Offered:
Associate of Applied Science - Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts - Administration of Justice, Associate of Science - Administration of Justice, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice - Enforcement, Associate of Science - Criminal Justice - Treatment, Certificate - Criminal Justice - Security and Loss Prevention, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Truman State University (Kirksville, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Justice Systems, Minor - Forensic Science
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science - Crisis and Disaster Management, Bachelor of Science - Forensic Chemistry, Bachelor of Science - Safety Management
University of Missouri-Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice and Criminology
University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor Degree - Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Arts - Criminology and Criminal Justice, PhD - Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Phoenix (Des Peres, MO / Kansas City, MO / O'Fallon, MO / Saint Louis, MO / Springfield, MO / St. Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
AA - Criminal Justice (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Human Services (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration - Management (online), BS - Criminal Justice Administration (online), BS - Organizational Security Management (online), MS - Administration of Justice and Security (online)
Webster University (Saint Louis, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor Degree - Legal Studies
William Woods University (Fulton, MO)
Programs Offered:
Bachelor Degree - Paralegal Studies, Bachelor Degree - Political/Legal Studies