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Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice

Mineral Area College has designed a full range of degree and certificate programs for individuals interested in the criminal justice industry. These programs provide opportunities for students to enter immediately into the industry or continue their education through transfer programs. The program has strongly considered the needs of the student for employment opportunities. A law enforcement degree will enable the student to choose three different career paths. Within the 64 hours of course instruction, the student may choose traditional classroom instruction for an Associate of Applied Science degree. A combination of the traditional class attendance and police academy classes will allow the student to obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree and certification from Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training.  Additionally, the student may take specific course instruction so that a bachelor’s degree in science can be obtained within the traditional four-year period.

A degree in Criminal Justice will provide you with the technical and analytical skills that new employees need.  These programs focus on topics about crime, justice and the legal system.  Criminal Justice Degrees include classes on legal studies and police science to help you become familiar with the criminal justice system.  In addition, these programs teach you important communication skills that will enable you to excel as part of a team or on your on. 

Law Enforcement

This program is designed for students who plan to complete an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement and work in a career in Police, Deputy Sheriff, Corrections and related services.  A four-year degree is strongly advised for students interested in working for the federal government. Students may use this AAS degree plan and continue on to obtain a bachelor’s degree, in their pursuit of federal employment.

Students are offered three directions to choose to obtain employment in criminal justice:

(1) They can follow the degree plan as noted below for an AAS in Criminal Justice;

(2) They can take a 1,000 hour or 600 hour police academy certification course inside of this degree plan for a AAS in Criminal Justice and become Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) certified in Missouri;

(3) They can seek the advice of their adviser to put them on a path for a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college.


Missouri Department of Corrections

Missouri Department of Corrections Custody and Non-Custody staff may receive college credit from Mineral Area College for training completed with the Department of Corrections. Training completed after Jan. 1, 1989, may be eligible for transcription by the college. Credits earned through Department of Corrections training will apply to the college’s associate degree program in Criminal Justice. For information regarding eligibility, please contact the Eastern Region Human Resource Center at (573) 431-2283 or the Career & Technical Education Dean’s office at (573) 518-2157.

What kind of jobs are out there for me?

  • Police Officer/Sheriff's Deputy
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Park Ranger/Conservation Agent
  • Private Security/Private Investigator
  • Missouri Department of Corrections
    • Corrections Officer
    • Probation & Parole
  • Juvenile Officer/Juvenile Probation
  • U.S. Marshals/Secret Service Agent
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