CMPA / University Partnerships

Graduation Cap and BadgeTwo area universities are currently entered into agreements with the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy to designate a semester of work at the Academy for completion of degree requirements and to obtain the training necessary for licensure by the Missouri Police Officer Standards and Training Commission.

Each university has its own requirements for participation in the program. Those wishing to investigate this program further should contact either of the universities below for further information.

Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University LogoLindenwood University students wishing to pursue a career in law enforcement will have the option of earning fifteen credit hours while completing a Missouri State Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Program and obtaining a Class A Peace Officer’s license as part of their undergraduate degree program. The CMPA offers an intensive 916 hour 25 week-Missouri State Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Program of classroom and hands-on practical instruction in the core knowledge and skills needed by peace officers working in the State of Missouri. Students wishing to participate must obtain permission of the Lindenwood University instructor supervising the class and gain acceptance to the Academy.

For further information, please go to or contact:

Dr. Pernell Witherspoon
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Program
Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 949-4987
[email protected]

Maryville University

Maryville University LogoMaryville's Criminal Justice/Criminology department and the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy currently have a partnership that benefits everyone involved. As a Criminal Justice/Criminology major, you may elect to take the 916 hours of recruit training at the St. Louis C.M.P.A. as a 13-credit Capstone/Internship class in your senior year. Plus, once you complete the training and certification exam, you'll become a fully-certified law enforcement officer at the same time you receive your degree.

In addition to this, police officers that have completed coursework at the CMPA or another accredited Academy may enroll at Maryville University as an undergraduate student of Criminal Justice/Criminology and will be awarded 13 credit hours upon successful completion of one full semester of course work.

For further information regarding our program, please visit Or contact:

Geriann Brandt
Director/Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice/Criminology
Maryville University
650 Maryville University Drive
ABAC 3215
St Louis, MO. 63141
(314) 529-9643
[email protected]

St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy

1266 Sutter Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63133-1934

Voice: (314) 889-8600

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