How to Select a Master’s in Criminal Justice Program

You've made the choice to pursue your master's in criminal justice. Whether you've just graduated or are already on the job, that's a huge decision. Now comes the hard(er) part: Deciding which school is right for you. Not all criminal justice programs are created equal, so choose carefully. These tips are a great place to start. 

1. Reputation matters. Of course, your work ethic, qualifications and interview skills are all integral when it comes time to land a job. But what about before the interview when you're just another name in the pile? The school where you earned your degree can be the difference between getting an interview and your resume being deleted. Look for one that's well respected by those in the field.

2. Make sure the classes measure up and match your goals. Your classes should focus on specialized content areas to accommodate the broad scope of the criminal justice system.

3. Do they offer real-world experience? This is obviously particularly important if you're currently working in an unrelated field and have no criminal justice experience. Make sure your school provides internship placement opportunities in areas such as district attorney offices, police departments, federal law enforcement agencies and local courts. 

4. Tuition discounts for criminal justice personnel. If you are currently working in the criminal justice field, you may be eligible for special tuition pricing at certain schools. For instance, Molloy offers qualified criminal justice personnel-civilian and uniformed-a discount of 30% off tuition.

5. Consider schools with accelerated programs. Why spend years earning your master's degree? Look for an accelerated program that can be completed quickly and will allow you to get into law enforcement-or advance your career-sooner.

Now that you know what to look for, take a closer look at the master's in criminal justice program at Molloy College. Molloy, one of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges," offers an evening program with flexible learning opportunities with hybrid and traditional courses-so you can earn your master's your way. Read more.