Question about Master in Criminal Justice

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Jcan, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. Jcan

    Jcan New Member

    I am a School Resource Officer/ Deputy Sheriff. I have a BA in criminal Justice. I am applying for the distance learning program at Leicester University.

    The concentrations are as follows:
    Community Safety
    Criminal Justice
    Emergency Planning Management
    Health & Safety Management
    Police Leadership & Management
    Risk, Crisis & Disaster Management
    Security & Risk Management

    If anyone could comment on which one might make you more attractive to the corporate arena.
    I am leaning towards Risk, Crisis & Disaster Management.

    Thanks all!
  2. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    When you leave law enforcement, what do you want to do?

    I have an MA in criminology with a certificate in criminal justice "administration." That seems to be the new buzz word. :p
  3. Jcan

    Jcan New Member

    make some money for a change!
    Seriously, I have a pal (ex-cop) that is making very good money and is very happy as an investigator in the insurance business. I hope to go in that direction.
  4. chris

    chris New Member

    Look up some job postings...

    of the type you are interested in. See what credentials they require and go in that direction.
  5. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    I'm assuming that you're in the United States, in which case I think a degree from a US school would serve you better. There is nothing at all wrong with Leicester, and their degree would probably be more marketable in the UK than a US degree.

    I listed a pretty extensive selection of US RA schools that offer graduate degrees in Criminal Justice and related areas in this thread.
  6. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    Many insurance companies like to hire officers who specialized in crash investigations (for obvious reasons). Consequently, I'm not sure that higher education would be beneficial in this particular area. Experience as a crash investigator (or reconstructionist) is probably the best factor here. But I don't know what the pay scale of these guys is. I've heard that it's a good retirement job.

    A master’s degree might come in handy for being in charge of loss prevention for a region for a large company, such as for Wal-Mart, Target, etc. You'll get executive pay for this type of position. But mind you, they also expect results!!! ;)

    An acquaintance of mine went from our detective bureau to the FBI to being a regional loss prevention executive for Target. He surprisingly said, "They expect results." :eek: This came as a great surprise to those of us who are in government service. :eek:

    LOL :D
  7. Christopher Green

    Christopher Green New Member

    Hi Gregg! How are you?

    If you aren't Gregg Haz-el-nut, just don't speak up and I won't worry :D


  8. Jcan

    Jcan New Member

    Thanks guys! Great leads for me to consider. I need to research more before I decide. I knew this site would be a great start.
  9. Jcan

    Jcan New Member

    Re: Re: Question about Master in Criminal Justice

    I like leicesters distance format. There are 6 modules that end with essays. Thanks, I will review the thread you suggested.
  10. Leslie

    Leslie New Member

    I don't think you need to get a higher degree for work in either insurance investigation or retail asset protection. You can get into either of those careers with what you have now. With additional training either on the job or paid for by your employer, you can begin to advance very quickly. I've done both without a cj degree and without law enforcement experience. Well I did go through the DCJS required training for armed and unarmed security as well as investigator training. You have to have the state-approved training to do that sort of work in my state. I was able to get into both retail asset protection and insurance investigating with just the DCJS training. But with your background and experience, you wouldn't need any further training to get into either of these career paths. Both are great jobs but I eventually went back to teaching simply because I preferred shorter hours and summers off :)

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