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Poll: Do you have an associate's or bachelor's?

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 I plan on going to a community college to study criminal justice and I was wondering, does having an associate's degree lessen your chance of getting a job rather than having a bachelor's? I was thinking about just getting a two year degree, unless having a four year degree would be more looked upon in this career feild. In that case I planned on transfering to a university. However going through the police academy and everything else, I wasn't sure if it would matter too much. A lot of officers I have worked with say that having an associate's hasn't really held them back.


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I don't have either. High School Diploma, a few college courses when I was in the Military and a lot of experience in Life. But then again, I don't plan on leaving the road for the upper ranks. At least not now.


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I have viewed many agency's requirements and depending on the state or area that you are applying or looking to apply most are not requiring college degrees. This day and age it is good to at least obtain an associates because in order to be looked at for future promotion or advancement some agency's are encouraing or pushing employees to get at least 60 college credit hours.

Think of it this way, if you have something more than the person you are in competition with for the one position and they have no previous LEO experience that may push you ahead for selection over your competition due to your education level. Depending on your goals, you may have to look at furthering your education with an undergrad or graduate degree. If you specialize within a certain aspect of LE you may have to achieve certifications.

I had already received my undergraduate degree when I was hired as an LEO, once I got on track for doing what I wanted to do in my career I pursued my graduate degree in order to pursue middle management goals withn my field...

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Pursue your two year degree and then transfer to a 4 year program. Public Administration is a very recommended degree. Good luck.

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Quite honestly the more education one has,the better.With my agency we had varied pay scales,the higher the degree the better recompense.Also the more points a person will be awarded in the entrance exam and promotional exams.I earned my first bachelors in my last year on the job,the second seven years after retirement,ergo neither did me any good.Do these degrees make me any better,smarter or wiser than anyone else?Absolutely "NOT".My father who also has two degrees once told me" it simply allows you to be an idiot and get away with it."My girl friend,at the time,who had a Masters advised,"It just means you're trainable".Bump my friend 38TR.nothing teaches you like experiencing life itself.Bump to my friend uncledennis,as well.In many of the major police agencies you will not be considered for promotion above the rank of Capt. without a Masters in Publuic Administration.


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Pursue your two year degree and then transfer to a 4 year program. Public Administration is a very recommended degree. Good luck.



I agree....get your two year then go for your undergrad....start applying after you get your two year just keep your grades up...also if you get on continue with your education...there are also some good online programs...just stay away from schools like university of phoenix.

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 I have my AA with 89 hours towards a BA in criminology.  Eventually I will complete it but that may be after I finish my AS in Cyber Security Tech.  I sware I'll be in school all my life lol.

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I will put a little twist on this one.


Go straight for your BA/BS undergraduate degree. Do not land on an Associates and 'plan' to transfer.


What typically happens is someone will garner their AA and somehow get distracted. Distractions include The Academy, getting a part-time job, starting a family or other opportunities that open up. The chance of completing a BA once you're off the academic track is lessened significantly.


So, bypass the AA and build a BA. Once you have your Bachelors tucked away, then you can build on a law enforcement career. Having a BA in place will most definitely put you on a better track to get hired and to promote. This is not always a guarantee BUT is in your favor. A typical law enforcement application will read somewhere under Prerequisites or Qualifications: "Bachelor's Degree is highly desireable."


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Big bump Sarge.

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I have my Masters degree and while at times it opens doors, at times it is a hindrance because often times employers are obligated to pay a higher salary. And with tight times, often they are only allotted a specific salary and benefit package....

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I've got an Associates degree. There are times where it has helped and other times where it has been a bit of a hinderence. Its helped me with report writing, taught me how to write a legal brief from a court decision and a brief overview of the job. However, it has been a bit of a hinderence in that the smaller departments I've enjoyed working with (and have been applying to) tend to shy away from interviewing and hiring me on a belief that I am over qualified to work with them. This has led me to apply with the medium and large sized departments. I'd say decide on what size department you want to work in and how high into the command structure you want to go before deciding on a Bachelor's or a Master's degree. Go for the Associates degree though, it does help. If you haven't gotten hired on with an agency after graduating, then go for the Bachelor's while waiting for a job oppotunity. 


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 The school that I enrolled will begin c ourses in June.I have an associates in communication(thanks to the miilitary training and experiences).I want to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice.I'm not getting it so that I can change careers,but I just want to finish what I started so long ago.


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I have a BA in psyc, believe it or not LOL. Listen to Sarge, go ahead and get the degree, usually life gets in the way and you don't get a chance to go back to school for SEVERAL years !!!


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 Get a Bachelor's degree if you have the time and finance. 


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