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Criminal Justice Schools in St. Louis, MO with Degree Overviews

There are several schools within 20 miles of St. Louis, MO, that have criminal justice degree programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Schools in St. Louis with Criminal Justice Programs

In the large city of St. Louis, MO, numerous schools have certificate and degree programs that focus on criminal justice, criminology, corrections and law enforcement. Get the details on 3 of these schools, which are all 20 minutes or less from the downtown area. Also located in the article is a table containing important information on all 3 schools, as well as a brief paragraph highlighting a couple other nearby school options at the end.

  • St. Louis Community College, which is 4.6 miles from downtown St. Louis, offers certificate and associate's degree programs in criminal justice, both with corrections and law enforcement options.
  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice and criminology is available at Maryville University of St. Louis, which can be found 17.6 miles from downtown.
  • Located 11.4 miles from the downtown area, the University of Missouri - St. Louis has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in criminology and criminal justice.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Corrections Admin
  • Corrections, Probation, and Parole
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies
  • Criminal Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Juvenile Corrections
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Police Science and Law Enforcement
  • Securities Services Mgmt
  • Security and Theft Prevention Services

Comparison of Schools

The table below makes it easy to compare important school information, such as enrollment numbers, tuition rates, graduation rates and more.

St. Louis Community College Maryville University of St. Louis University of Missouri - St. Louis
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 21,218* 5,931* 17,072*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $3,090 in-district; $4,470 in-state; $6,150 out-of-state* $26,958* $9,394 in-state; $23,812 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014) 84%* 99%* 94%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2014) N/A - open admission 72%* 76%*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2014) 57%* 86%* 79%*
Graduation Rate (completed program within 150% of 'normal' time) 10% (students began 2011)* 66% (students began 2008)* 42% (students began 2008)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

St. Louis Community College

This 2-year public college in St. Louis offers certificate and associate's degree programs for those interested in studying criminal justice in preparation for entry-level employment or promotion. Graduates of these programs can find positions within probation and rehabilitation offices, law enforcement agencies and private security companies. The college has 4 campus locations in the St. Louis area.

Certificate in Criminal Justice and Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice (Corrections Option)

St. Louis Community College (STLCC) offers certificate and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs in criminal justice with a specialization in corrections. In this specialization, students learn about crime rehabilitation, probation and treatment. Some of the required classes in the 1-year certificate program include criminology and deviance, juvenile justice, criminal law and cultural variations. The A.A.S. degree with the corrections track trains students to work as correctional officers at the regional and state levels. Courses in the A.A.S. program cover the American correctional system, criminal evidence, correctional policies; a criminal justice practicum is also included. The corrections option is provided at the Forest Park campus only.

Certificate in Criminal Justice and Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement Option)

The STLCC law enforcement option trains students in legal processes and procedures for careers in law enforcement. The 33-credit certificate program includes some courses in criminal evidence, police supervision, criminal investigation and ethics. Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree with the law enforcement concentration may take classes in criminal evidence, criminal law, management of human conflict and criminology. The law enforcement option is offered at the Forest Park and Meramec locations in St. Louis, and the Florissant Valley location in Ferguson, MO.

Maryville University of St. Louis

Maryville University of St. Louis is a small private school located in suburban St. Louis and offers an interdisciplinary program in criminal justice. The program explores crime and society, and it merges theory with field experience. Graduates can work in law enforcement, community service and corrections, and they are also prepared for graduate study. An 18-credit minor in criminal justice/criminology is also available.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Criminology

Some of the required courses in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in criminal justice/criminology include police management, multicultural policing, civil liberties and statistical inference. Students must also choose electives from areas like criminal justice/criminology, legal studies, political science, psychology and sociology. Qualified students interested in becoming police officers can enter the St. Louis-area police academy to earn law enforcement certification. Students not entering the police academy are required to perform a practicum, and students can also complete a senior seminar project.

University of Missouri - St. Louis

University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) is a public university that offers criminal justice programs at the undergrad and graduate levels. A criminology and criminal justice minor is also available.

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in criminology and criminal justice has some required coursework in criminal law, criminal justice policy, research methods and statistical analysis. Students can also select classes in violence against women, white-collar crime, victimology, youth gangs, urban law and capital punishment. Some of the courses in the B.S. program are offered online.

Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The master's degree program at UMSL prepares students for research careers or management roles in the criminal justice field. A thesis (preferred by the school) or non-thesis track is required; those in the non-thesis option must complete 33 hours of study, including required courses in criminological theory, methods and statistics. Some criminality seminars are offered on the subjects of violent crime, property crime, sex crime and organizational crime. Other seminars in criminal justice may cover law and social control, private justice and criminal justice interventions.

Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students with a bachelor's or master's degree can enter the competitive Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program. Some of the required areas of study include criminological theory, the nature of crime, criminal justice organization and research design. The Ph.D. program is roughly 5 years in length; students are required to complete the program within 8 years.

Other School Options

A couple other schools in the St. Louis area have criminal justice degree programs. Harris-Stowe State University is a small institution offering bachelor's degree programs in St. Louis. The school's B.S. degree program in criminal justice includes specializations in juvenile justice and law enforcement. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville is about 18 miles from St. Louis and offers B.A. and B.S. degrees with a major in criminal justice. Students in these programs must complete internships with a criminal justice organization or agency.

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