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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950

Criminal Justice Department

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Message from the Chair

Choose the program that is right for you!

Choose UCM Criminal Justice for:

Our graduates get jobs:

  • Local law enforcement
  • County/ State level law enforcement
  • Federal law enforcement
  • Court Investigators
  • Victim Advocates
  • Legal Aid of Missouri
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Adult Probation and Parole
  • Private Security
  • Missouri Department of Social Services
  • Or go on to law school or other graduate studies

Our program:

  • Curriculum includes all facets of the CJ system (police, courts, corrections)
  • Courses in Ethics and Social Diversity ensure graduates are competitive
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice
  • All degrees offered face to face and fully online

Our faculty:

  • All have Criminal Justice/ Criminology credentials
  • Many have field experience (law enforcement, probation, etc.)
  • Have diverse research and teaching expertise
  • Recognized on campus and nationwide for their scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the discipline

Our out of classroom experiences:

  • On campus symposiums, alumni events, and guest speakers
  • Local field trips to mental health facilities, prisons, courts
  • Regional field trips to Oklahoma City, regional conferences
  • Internships in all areas of criminal justice
  • Criminal Justice student groups: Alpha Phi Sigma (honors), Association of Juvenile and Corrections students, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Pre Law Student Association

The department also collaborates with the Central Missouri Police Academy to provide 15 hours of free elective credit for completion of the POST academy. For more information see the CMPA website.

I encourage you to explore the list on the left side of the screen to learn more about Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. Request your information packet and schedule your campus visit today!

Looking forward to seeing you on campus,
Lynn S. Urban
Professor and Department Chair




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