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

Nov 07, 2018

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 just a half-mile from downtown St. Louis, offers certificate and associate's degree programs in criminal justice, both with law enforcement options.
  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice and criminology is available at Maryville University of St. Louis, which can be found about 14 miles from downtown.
  • Located 7.8 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.

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 (2017) 18,835* 7,689* 16,715*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $3,285 in-district; $4,695 in-state; $6,435 out-of-state* $28,470* $9,590 in-state; $25,505 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017) 76%* 100%* 91%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admission 92%* 76%*
Full-time Student Retention Rate (2016-2017) 61%* 83%* 75%*
Graduation Rate (students who completed their program within 150% of 'normal' time) 12% (students who began in 2014)* 72% (students who began in 2011)* 56% (students who began in 2011)*

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

The STLCC law enforcement option trains students in investigation procedures and concepts related to crime and offers two program formats. 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, as well as the South County Education Center in St. Louis and online.

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 multicultural policing, civil liberties and statistical inference. Students must also choose electives from areas like police management, 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. A 100% online bachelor's degree in criminal justice/criminology is also available.

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. Those in the thesis option complete the same 33 hours of study, plus additional hours on thesis research.

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.

Other School Options

A few 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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