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Non-Traditional Degrees for Law Enforcement

Non-Traditional Degrees for Law Enforcement


Degrees such as Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, and Forensic Science seem like the logical choice for a planned career in law enforcement, but they’re not the only choice, and sometimes may not even be the best option.

Many law enforcement agencies, federal investigative agencies in particular, are involved in very complex investigations every day of the year -investigations that cannot be solved without a specific expertise. Agencies such as the FBI and Secret Service have identified the following disciplines as providing job applicants with critical skills:

Finance / Accounting

Most white collar crimes that federal agencies investigate involve financial transactions. Agents with degrees and backgrounds in finance are relied upon to follow money trails that can identify additional suspects and organizations in crimes, and to gather evidence to help prosecutors build cases.

Foreign Languages

Agents from the biggest federal agencies are now stationed in over 100 countries around the world full time. Coupled with the fact that there are millions of citizens and non-citizens in America who speak foreign languages, knowledge of a foreign language is extremely desirable.

Information Technology

Today’s criminals rely on computers and the Internet for everything – including committing very serious crimes. Rogue hackers and organized crime, not to mention sexual predators, all pose a very real and serious threat to American citizens every day. Special agents with knowledge of computer science, computer engineering, and Internet technologies are becoming as critical today as agents who specialize in solving murders.

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    over 2 years ago

    Huge bump to my good friend uncledennis.Public Administration is a fantastic degree for leos.In many major police depts. I know of ,including mine,a bachelors(in anything) and a Masters in Public Administration are REQUIRED if one wishes to attain the rank of Capt, or above.I have a B.S. in Criminal Justice and one in Theology and can assure you that a c.j. degree is nowhere near as vital as it was years ago cause simply stated the supply is much greater than the demand.In essence,everybody has one.

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    over 2 years ago


    Actually any degree is fine. I choose Public Administration. I am considering seeking a career in politics. While a police officer I worked with officers who had degrees in history, art and music. The major thing is the college is accredited

  • America_s_future_max50


    over 2 years ago


    Homeland Security and Public Administration is the wave of the future for Federal and local law enforcement. If you have a taste for economic crimes, try looking at business administration degree.

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    about 4 years ago


    Sure we need well trained people to handle this kind of jobs but we can't expect each of them to spend time in schools to get those extra degrees, the education system has to figure this out. In fact we had a task assigned to us on this specific issue when I had my online masters degrees in education, we were supposed to come up with solutions. My solution was a multilevel education system that focuses on important and practical insights.

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    over 4 years ago

    I agree with the advise you have been given Cwilliams911. I am currently finishing my degree after way too long. I received an Associates degree in CJ about three years ago. I found a non-traditional online degree program from a state university. The fastest way I could get done was to continue in CJ studies. I wish I had majored in Busines. You can do anything with a business degree. CJ keeps you within a certain category. Agencies don't care what kind of degree you have, as long as you have one it's a positive. The outside world can't do much with a CJ degree.

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    over 4 years ago


    Question to you education buffs out there...I want to finish my degree to have a career in law enforcement. I have a pull towards Homeland Security and FBI career for the future. I have been told by many people civilian and within my department that Criminal Justice degrees really aren't the way to go. They say it (lack of better words) boxes you in with no future. Advice given to me from them was to obtain a Business degree with emphasis on CJ or something like that. What do you think? What is your experience?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    If you want to become a good federal agent or something like this you must have knowledge from many fields.Also technical skills and at least two foreign languages are important.Jennifer Howell fake high school diploma

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    over 5 years ago


    good point marcy_eliza

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    almost 6 years ago


    I have to go with devile33, would a phsychology degree be good?

  • Badge-c3_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Try Thomas University in south Georgia. Completly online and you get credit for academy training. Follow the link...

  • Irish_air_corp_max50


    about 6 years ago


    To Superman47: Depending on which college you attend, it may happen. With Baker College in Michigan, actual work experience is needed before one can earn there degree. Head over to just see the college.

  • Me_max50


    about 6 years ago


    Has anyone been able to roll over any of their training hours into a criminal justice degree as life experience or prior knowledge degree?

  • Images_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Would a phsycology degree be good for becoming a cop??

  • Gene_uniform001_max50


    over 6 years ago


    Both SOUTHWEST University and COLUMBIA SOUTHERN have distance education degrees B.Sc. and M.Sc. in CJ as well as OHS.
    Hope that information is helpful to someone. All the best!!

    Gene Collins

  • Trigger_max50


    over 6 years ago


    I wish I would have done something different then criminal justice. Makes one more marketable.

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