There are many schools in Missouri that offer criminal justice administration degree programs. These programs are designed to prepare graduates to fill various roles in the public and private sectors. For the four 4-year colleges and universities outlined below, students can choose associate's, bachelor's or master's programs in criminal justice administration that range from 30- to 120-semester hours, with one or more offering internship experiences. These schools may also offer related concentrations in areas such as security or law enforcement.
Located in the city of its name, Columbia, Columbia College enrolls about 18,000 students. The school offers an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration that requires 60 semester hours of study. Classes in this program cover topics like the judicial process, corrections, juvenile delinquency and managing criminal justice agencies.
The school also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration. This 120-semester hour program includes coursework in criminology, criminal procedures, the laws of criminal evidence and penology.
Lindenwood University is located in Saint Charles. The university offers a 48-semester hour Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree program. Classes in this program are divided into five clusters: constitutional law, homeland security, management, administration of justice and critical issues in policing.
Missouri Southern State University
Located in Joplin, Missouri Southern State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. This program includes 30 hours of study in the major in courses such as criminal law, asset production, juvenile corrections, ethics and international terrorism.
Park University is located in Parkville and enrolls approximately 12,000 students. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration that includes 42-course-credit hours in the major. Classes in this program focus on topics like criminal procedure, criminology and criminal law. Students also complete an internship and a concentration in corrections, law enforcement or security.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Columbia College||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city*|| Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Administration,
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration
|Lindenwood University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city*||Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration||$16,022*|
|Missouri Southern State University||4-year, public; small city*||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration||$5,523 for in-state and $10,480 for out-of-state*|
|Park University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb*||Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration||$11,470*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.