As a Missouri resident interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of wonderful educational and training opportunities in the state. Before you can take advantage of them, however, it’s important that you have a clear idea of exactly what it is you wish to do in the field.

Those with criminal justice backgrounds can choose to work in a wide variety of capacities, and the necessary educational and/or training requirements will vary from one job to the next. Therefore, you must have a clear idea of what you want to do in order to complete the proper training without wasting time, energy, or money in the process.

If you’re entirely new to the field, then you can spend some time researching criminal justice in general and taking note of jobs that sound interesting to you. Once you’ve completed all the hard work and thought of setting your career goals in place, there’s nothing left to do but to go out and take advantage of the opportunity that’s right for you, whether this be formal schooling or some other kind of training. The possibilities are really endless!

Common educational options in the state include Avila University, located in Kansas City, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminology and justice studies; Central Methodist University, located in Fayette, with a bachelor’s degree program in general criminal justice and a minor in applied law enforcement; and College of the Ozarks, in Point Lookout, which has associate’s degree programs in both corrections and law enforcement.

The university also has traditional programs as well, including an associate’s degree in criminal justice, bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, court reporting, forensic investigation, human services, and cybercrime investigation.

Other schools and programs that may be of interest include Columbia College, located in Columbia, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice administration, bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration (offered both traditionally and online), and forensic science, a master’s degree program in criminal justice administration, and a minor in criminology.

Crowder College, in Neosho, which offers an associate’s degree in law enforcement; Culver Stockton College, in Canton, which offers a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice; Drury University, in Springfield, which has an associate’s degree program in paralegal studies and a bachelor’s degree program in criminology; East Central College, in Union, which has an associate’s degree program in criminal justice; Evangel University, in Springfield, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Everest College, also in Springfield, with both an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree program in paralegal studies; Grantham University, in Kansas City, which offers online associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice; Hannibal Lagrange University, in Hannibal, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in the same; Harris Stow State University, in Saint Louis, with a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

Hickey College, also in Saint Louis, with associate’s degree programs in legal administration and paralegal, as well as a diploma in legal administration; ITT Technical Institute, with locations in both Arnold and Kansas City, offering an associate’s degree in criminal justice, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and cyber security (offered online); and Jefferson College, in Hillsboro, with associate’s degree programs in criminal justice (offered online as well) and law enforcement academy.