Missouri Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Missouri has about 66 schools offering criminal justice programs, giving aspiring students the choice of 65 undergraduate degrees and 13 graduate degrees.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

With a variety of school types, students can pursue many types of criminal justice careers, including law enforcement, criminology, criminal justice, paralegal studies, corrections, court reporting and more.

Missouri Criminal Justice Scholarships

Students pursuing criminal justice careers in Missouri may receive assistance through grants and scholarships. Missouri State Troopers Association, Missouri Peace Officers Foundation and the American Association of State Troopers all offer scholarship opportunities to eligible students.

Criminal justice or law enforcement students in Missouri may also receive assistance through scholarships like Captain James J. Regan Memorial Scholarship and the Academy of Criminal Justice Services. There are also some national scholarships available as well.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

Criminal justice professionals working in Missouri generally earn wages lower than what is earned by the same professions in other states, according to O*NET.

Missouri criminal justice occupations indicate an interesting trend. While police & sheriff’s patrol officers and correctional officers & jailers are only predicted to see a four percent and three percent job growth, these two professions are projected to see about 430 and 240 new job postings annually.

Listed below are average 2014 wages for criminal just occupations in Missouri, projected employment growth and the wages earned by these same professionals nationwide.

  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $118,000 – 2% – $115,100
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $69,200 – 4% -$80,900
  • Detectives & criminal investigators – $63,100 – 5% – $79,900
  • Criminal justice & law enforcement post-secondary teachers – $57,500 – 11% – $57,200
  • Forensic science technicians – $47,400 – 4% -$55,400
  • Fire inspectors & investigators – $44,600 – 6% – $56,100
  • Private detectives & investigators – $43,400 – 9% – $44,600
  • Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – $43,200 – 4% – $56,800 430
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – $36,500 – -2% – $49,100
  • Correctional officers & jailers –$29,000 – 3% – $39,800 240