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Criminal Justice


About the Criminal Justice Department

Do you have a strong sense of justice and a passion for helping others? The Criminal Justice Department has a number of flexible programs on campus, online and hybrid, to turn your passion into a career. 
We want you to be a part of our department even though you may have a busy schedule. We offer our Criminal Justice degree and the Associate of Science in Law Enforcement degree entirely online to make getting your degree more accessible. Members of the program who are experienced criminal justice professionals are offered college credit for their work in the field building a portfolio. 
We keep class sizes small to make sure that you get the individual academic attention you deserve from our diversely experienced faculty. You'll learn first-hand from  law enforcement officers, juvenile officers, assistant prosecutors, legal advisers, criminal investigators and child abuse investigators.
We take pride in helping foster you into an ethical professional who is prepared for leadership positions in criminal justice and related fields. 

Your Future Career

Once you've earned your degree in our department, you'll be ready to take on a rewarding criminal justice career in any one of these fields:
  • Law Enforcement
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Corrections
  • Probation and Parole
  • Private or Industrial Security



Besides offering academic degrees in Criminal Justice Administration, Juvenile Justice and Law Enforcement, the Criminal Justice Department provides law enforcement and continuing education training to the criminal justice community in Missouri and the entire Four State area.

The Missouri Southern State University Law Enforcement Academy is certified by the Missouri Department of Public Safety to provide a basic 600 hour law enforcement academy. The Law Enforcement Academy provides students with the training required to become eligible to be licensed peace officers in the State of Missouri.

Missouri Southern State University's continuing education for law enforcement provides the opportunity for officers to fine tune their skills as well as meet the Missouri P.O.S.T. license requirement of 48 hours of continuing education every three years.

Our facilities include an indoor firearms range, two firearms simulation laser shooting systems, fully equipped patrol cars, an indoor driving simulator, a mobile crime scene investigation vehicle, and a simulated apartment used for law enforcement and crime scene investigation practicals.

Contact the Department

Dr. Timothy Wilson

Chair, Department of Justice Studies