College Credit for Criminal Justice Training

Get a jumpstart on higher education

Have you completed academy or professional training in criminal justice?

You may have a head start on a college degree from Missouri State.

How to receive credit for your training

If you wish to obtain academic credit toward a bachelor's degree in criminology and criminal justice for professional training, you must submit a certificate of completion or its equivalent (e.g., official transcript or signed letter), from your training organization.

Send your documentation via email or physical mail to Brett Garland, department head of criminology and criminal justice at Missouri State University.


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Review process and required documentation

Our department head must receive and review a copy of the corresponding training curriculum to determine the number of academic credit hours to be awarded, unless the academy or professional training curriculum has already received our approval. 

The curriculum document you send must include

  • A layout of all subjects covered.
  • The amount of time devoted per subject. 
  • A link to the training organization’s website along with contact information for the organization’s lead administrator.

Academic credits awarded through this process will be designated as lower-division (freshman/sophomore) electives up to a maximum of 15 credit hours.