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Mississippi Criminal Justice Schools

  • 16 schools offering criminal justice degrees in Mississippi are in our database. (see below)
  • 7 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 6 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 3 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found no schools in Mississippi ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, Mississippi has no universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in Mississippi are available for requesting information.

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Profiles of Well Known Schools in Mississippi

Mississippi State University: The Department of Sociology at Mississippi State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and an Undergraduate Criminal Justice and Corrections Certificate. The certificate program combines classroom time with field experience to help students become familiar with courts, jails, correctional facilities, and parole systems. Criminology students take designated core courses and then move onto sub-area electives in Criminal Behavior and Motivation, Social Dimensions of Crime, and Crime Control Policy and Practice. Student and faculty research projects are carried out within the Social Science Research Center (SSRC), which has the Crime and Justice Research Unit with which the Department of Sociology at Jackson State University hosts the Juvenile Justice Research Consortium.

University of Southern Mississippi: The School of Criminal Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi grants a BA in Criminal Justice or a BS in Forensic Science, a MA or MS in Forensic Science, and a PhD in Criminal Justice. Within the school is the Mississippi Statistical Analysis Center (MS-SAC) where students can obtain statistical information about a variety of criminal justice focuses. The 17 full time faculty are top rated experts in forensics, criminal justice management, drug policy, and critical criminology. The graduate and doctoral programs are research intensive with seminar courses in policing, corrections, juvenile law, criminal justice policy, and civil liberties.

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Mississippi Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers6,350$26,800
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives760$52,320
Detectives and Criminal Investigators1,140$54,540
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers6,920$31,600

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Police Quote: “Integrity, Honesty and Fairness is the key to good law enforcement and career growth. Within the department or dealing with the public.” -Police Chief Fabian Blache, Jr.

Mississippi Criminal Justice Degrees

Mississippi is home to a number of institutions of higher learning with degree programs in criminal justice. There are several accredited colleges where graduates have achieved success working for the Secret Service, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. These programs administer a full range of degree programs, from bachelor’s to master’s in administration of justice, and MS or BS degrees in forensic science. Classes can be taken at a campus in Mississippi or remotely through online programs that allow you to work at your own pace from your home.

Many criminal justice careers offer competitive pay and great benefits. Police officers earn an average yearly salary of $31,430 1 in Mississippi while first line supervisors earn an average of $52,170.1 Corrections officers earn an average of $25,790 1 and paralegals and legal assistants earn an average of $38,190 1 in the state according to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates.

In Mississippi, earning a criminal justice degree can lead you to several rewarding careers. While Mississippi has struggled recently with the natural disasters and man-made economic woes, the state is staging a comeback, creating great opportunities for those with the right training to capitalize on its revival.

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Mississippi’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

As of September 2014, the unemployment rate for Mississippi is 7.7%. This is above the national average of 5.8%. The state’s peak unemployment occurred in January 2010, with a rate of 10.9%. The state’s low was 6% in February of 2008. Government employment is a good indicator of criminal justice jobs in Mississippi. Projection Central includes the following criminal justice jobs:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 170 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 200 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 20 annual openings
  • Security Guards: 230 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 50 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree

Note that openings are a result of growth and replacement.

The Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank, rated and analyzed the long-term solvency of each state’s government. After looking at the budgeting process, cash/tax handling, and pensions, Mississippi was ranked 25th in the nation. This means the state will likely be able to fulfill its obligation to pay employee pensions.

Online and Mississippi Criminal Justice Schools

If you live in Mississippi, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Alabama).

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Directory of Mississippi Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Alcorn State University (Alcorn State, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Antonelli College (Jackson, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate Degree | Business Office Technology: Legal Assisting
Associate Degree | Legal Assistant/Secretary

Coahoma Community College (Clarksdale, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Wesson, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate in Arts | Criminal Justice

Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice (online program)

Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Court Reporting Technology
Certificate | Court Reporting Technology

Holmes Community College (Goodman, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Applied Science | Conservation Law Enforcement Technology
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Itawamba Community College (Fulton, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice and Correctional Services

Jackson State University (Jackson, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Master of Arts | Criminology and Justice Services

Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Social Science

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice

Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Northwest Mississippi Community College (Senatobia, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts | Pre-Forensic Chemistry

The University of Mississippi (University, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Administration of Justice
Bachelor of Science | Forensic Science
Doctor of Philosophy | Administration of Justice
Master of Arts | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Administration of Justice
Master of Science | Forensic Science

Virginia College (Biloxi, MS)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associates of Science | Paralegal Studies
Bachelor of Science | Paralegal Studies (online program)

References:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_MS.htm
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.htm
(4) Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/mississippi_unemployment_rate
(5) Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states

Page Edited by Charles Sipe.