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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For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

Programs:

  • Criminal Justice, BA
  • Criminal Justice, AA
  • Legal Studies, BA (Online)

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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

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 6,350 $26,800
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 760 $52,320
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,140 $54,540
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 6,920 $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

At the start of 2012, Mississippi’s unemployment stubbornly stands at 10.4%, nearly 2 percentage points above the national average, and USA Today / Moody’s Analytics projects it to regain it pre-Downturn peak by Q2 2014. Government related employment, which is a good proxy for Mississippi criminal justice jobs, has average prospects with pre-Downturn peak employment levels already matched and growth projected in 2013. According to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security site and the Occupational Supply & Demand System, high demand criminal justice occupations in Mississippi include: Police and Sheriff Patrol (300 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (260 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (30 annual openings), Security Guards (515 annual openings) and Paralegals (80 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). According the to the Sunshine Review, Mississippi’s state budget is in a moderate deficit with some funding loss from federal government. It possesses a Rainy Day fund garnered from energy resources. Mississippi represents a state where an investment in a Mississippi criminal justice degree should provide an edge in pursuing the growing number of open positions in the criminal justice field. We suggest requesting free information from several schools to weigh options.

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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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration/Human Services for Criminal Justice
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes

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Keiser University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, BA
  • Criminal Justice, AA
  • Legal Studies, BA (Online)

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Remington College
Campuses: 1Memphis
Popular Degrees:

  • AAS in Criminal Justice
  • BS in Criminal Justice

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Virginia College
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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Ohio Christian University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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University of Cincinnati Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)


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) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(4) Occupational Supply & Demand System / OCDS Georgia State University for the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.occsupplydemand.org/OSD_SelectOcc.aspx?chk=2&ST=ZZ
(5) The Sunshine Review: http://sunshinereview.org/core/home (select state budget button)

Page Edited by Charles Sipe.