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

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 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections, 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 24/7 Wall St, 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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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

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

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security

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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
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, AA (Online)
  • Criminal Justice, BA (Online)
  • Homeland Security, BA (Online)

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership-Advanced
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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Post University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • B.S. in Human Services / Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

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Keiser University Graduate School
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Criminal Justice, MA (Online)

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Colorado Springs
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    Grand Canyon University
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
    • M.S. in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

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    University of Cincinnati Online
    Campuses: 1Online
    Popular Degrees:

    • Master of Science in Criminal Justice


    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) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
    (5) 24/7 Wall St: http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/11/21/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-2/

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