Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Missouri

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout Missouri.

Missouri combines the slower pace of Midwestern small town living with the hustle and bustle of big cities like St. Louis and Kansas City. Therefore, those who live here can enjoy the best of urban and rural culture. More good news is the "Show-Me State" had the 5th lowest cost of living in the nation in the second quarter of 2010, according to Missouri’s economic development department. The unemployment rate in Missouri in August 2010 was 9.3, near the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Living here, you can expect cold winters and hot, humid summers. Those going to school in Missouri may choose from numerous public and private colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools. Four schools are in the University of Missouri System, including flagship school the University of Missouri (Mizzou), the state’s largest university. Among Missouri’s numerous private colleges is Washington University in St. Louis, a major research institution.

Those who wish to enter careers in criminal justice in Missouri should be aware of the state’s crime rates. Violent crimes made up 12.6 percent of all known crimes in Missouri in 2009, and the state has broken that down into a violent offense occurring in Missouri every 17.8 minutes, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Statistical Analysis Center. Those violent offenses included 402 murders, which made up an extremely small amount of the state’s 2009 crime index at a mere .2 percent. Violent crime decreased slightly between 2008 and 2009, with murder showing the most significant decrease. The vast majority of crimes in Missouri are property crimes, which made up 87.4 percent of all crimes in 2009. In fact, one property crime was committed every 2.6 minutes, according to the MSHP. Even so, property crimes still decreased significantly overall between 2008 and 2009, with only arson offenses showing a major increase.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in MO

University of Phoenix Kaplan University Capella University

Kansas City Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix ITT-Tech Campus Kaplan University DeVry University

Saint Louis (St. Louis) Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix DeVry University ITT-Tech Campus Kaplan University

Springfield Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Interested in a criminal justice career in Missouri? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

Missouri Employment: 140

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $45.28

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $94,190

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Missouri Employment: 100

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $33.76

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $70,230

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Missouri Employment: 1,220

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $21.94

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $45,640

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Missouri Employment: 8,730

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $13.97

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $29,060

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Missouri Employment: 320

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $24.11

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $50,150

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Missouri Employment: 1,680

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $26.06

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $54,210

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

Missouri Employment: 430

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $23.20

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $48,270

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Missouri Employment: 1,600

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $32.80

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $68,220

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Missouri Employment: 540

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $54.44

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $113,230

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Missouri Employment: 630

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $15.27

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $31,760

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Missouri Employment: 9,610

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $54.03

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $112,380

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Missouri Employment: 4,430

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $21.60

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $44,920

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Missouri Employment: 11,830

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $20.64

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $42,940

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Missouri Employment: 1,210

Missouri Hourly Mean Wage: $18.58

Missouri Annual Mean Wage: $38,650

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes