Choosing a School

You will have to earn a degree in order to become a criminal justice professional, since almost criminal justice careers require a degree in a field related to criminal justice, or at the very least completion of a series of college level courses before you begin your career. In fact, most jobs in the field require you to complete at least two years of college before you apply for a position. It is important to note, however, that each criminal justice career has its own education requirements, and you will need to find a program that has the required courses for the particular career you have in mind. In order to choose a school that will allow you to pursue your desired career, you may want to know some actions you should take when attempting to choose a school.

  • First, try to make sure that each of the schools you are considering has a program that offers the criminal justice courses or degrees you need to complete. Since every school has different programs, you need to make sure that you choose a school with the courses or degrees that the agencies or departments to which you will apply require.
  • Second, try to make sure that each of the schools you are considering are located within a reasonable distance from the area in which you live now. Many students forget that they will have to travel back and forth from school at some point. The further away your school from your home, the more travelling costs you will accrue.
  • Third, try to make sure that the total cost for each the schools you are considering is within your ability to pay. A school that practically guarantees you a job isn’t a whole lot of help if you can’t afford it.
  • Finally, try to schedule a campus visit for each of the schools you are considering. Pamphlets and websites are a great way to find out about a school, but you won’t be able to see what the school actually is like until you visit.