Did you know you don’t have to wait until September to start a criminal justice degree or other related programs?
I randomly picked some of the schools listed on Criminal Justice School Info to find out when their programs started.
For example, as of yesterday Colorado Technical University (which offers criminal justice, homeland security, cybercrime investigation, emergency management, forensic investigation and other disciplines at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s and/or Master’s level, online or on campus) was still enrolling students into many of its programs that start next week. CTU will also have a batch of new degree programs starting January 6th.
Checking out South University’s website (the school offers Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice online) it appears they have start dates for each of its programs every month of the year. And chatting with an online representative, I found out Devry University offers its programs (including Justice Administration degrees in corrections, digital forensics, emergency management or policing, online and/or on campus) every eight weeks.
These are just some of the schools that are listed on the CJSI site where you do not have to wait until September to start your studies. Even if you are not planning on going to school next week or next month, it is never too early to request information. You can request information directly from numerous criminal justice schools by visiting our search-by-state page.
When researching criminal justice schools, whether you’re thinking of taking a law enforcement, cyber security, paralegal, homeland security or another degree, it is also good idea to dig a little deeper so you are as informed as much as possible before making your decision.
After reviewing the information sent to you from various schools, come up with a list of questions to ask an advisor at each school. (Usually a phone number or e-mail address will be provided to you after you request information). You may be wondering what kind of questions you should be asking. Of course it is dependent on the prospective student, but here are some examples:
- What courses (and how many credits) do I need to complete this degree?
- For online degrees, are there scheduled online class times or is all on my own schedule?
- What special training related to the field do the professors have?
- What happens if I want to change majors?
- Can I transfer any previous university/college credits?
- What is the employment rate of graduates from the program I wish to take?
- How much extra will books cost?
- Do the courses in the program focus a lot on tests, essay writing, lab work, etc?
- Do you provide services, such as tutoring, financial aid, etc?
So start researching schools even if it is not set in stone whether you will be enrolling in a program. The more you learn about each program, the more confident you will be in making that choice for higher education on your way to fulfilling your career dreams.