Mississippi Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Mississippi students interested in careers in criminal justice and law enforcement can choose from 22 colleges and universities located throughout the state of Mississippi.

With the variety of junior colleges, community colleges and universities Mississippi has to offer, students have a nice selection of programs and areas of study from which to choose.

Mississippi Criminal Justice Scholarships

In addition to having various academic options, criminal justice students may also find financial help within the state of Mississippi. Grants or scholarships may be awarded to eligible students through the Mississippi State Troopers Association, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers & Firemen Scholarship Program, and the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police.

Scholarship opportunities may also be offered at some of the colleges as well.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

According to O*NET, most of the criminal justice occupations in Mississippi are predicted to have good employment growth from 2012-2022.

Below is a chart of some popular criminal justice occupations as well as the average 2014 earnings, the predicted employment growth and the national average wage for each profession.

As you can see from the chart below, despite the positive growth predicted for these occupations, many of them are earning wages in Mississippi that are substantially lower than the national average.

A good example of this can be see with private detectives & investigators who are expected to see a twelve percent growth but are earning much less in Mississippi than what is earned nationwide for this profession.

  • Criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers – $66,200 – 16% – $57,200
  • Detectives & criminal investigators – $44,600 – 6% – $79,900
  • Fire inspectors & investigators – $47,200 – 6% – $56,100
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – $28,900 – 8% – $49,100
  • Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – $32,400 – 10% – $56,800
  • Forensic science technicians – $52,100 – NA -$55,400
  • Correctional officers & jailers –$24,700 – 21% – $39,800
  • Private detectives & investigators – $23,600 – 12% – $44,600
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $49,100 – 9% -$80,900
  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $37,700 – 7% – $115,100

All Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Mississippi

Featured online criminal justice programs accepting applicants from Mississippi

Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees available at campus locations across the United States or 100% online.

Multiple Campus Locations, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Campus-based criminal justice schools in Mississippi

Alcorn State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Alcorn State, MS 

Coahoma Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Clarksdale, MS 

Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Wesson, MS 

Delta State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Cleveland, MS 

East Mississippi Community College
Program Areas: Forensic Science and Technology


Scooba, MS 

Hinds Community College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Raymond, MS 

Holmes Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Forensic Science and Technology


Goodman, MS 

Itawamba Community College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice | Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Fulton, MS 

Jackson State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Jackson, MS 

Mississippi College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Clinton, MS 

Mississippi Delta Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Moorhead, MS 

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice


Perkinston, MS 

Mississippi Valley State University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Itta Bena, MS 

Northeast Mississippi Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Booneville, MS 

Northwest Mississippi Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Forensic Science and Technology


Senatobia, MS 

Strayer University-Mississippi
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Jackson, MS 

University of Mississippi
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


University, MS 

University of Southern Mississippi
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Hattiesburg, MS 

Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees available at campus locations across the United States or 100% online.

Multiple Campus Locations, ONLINE PROGRAMS 

Virginia College-Biloxi
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Biloxi, MS