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Enter the Exciting Field of Criminal Justice

If you’re looking for a career in criminal justice but aren’t sure where to start, look no further. The exciting news about entering this field is that you’ll have opportunities in the private sector as well as at the federal, state, and local levels. Your opportunities can include working in areas such as upholding the law, forensic science, private security, homeland security, corrections, federal agencies, and more.

If you’re not the investigative type, don’t worry; a Master of Science in Criminal Justice can also enable you to move into a field like law or teaching at the university level. The multiple points of entry into this exciting and rewarding career field means that you can find jobs that are a great match for your unique interests, skills, and salary expectations.

Additionally, as with any advanced degree, an MS in Criminal Justice can be a salary booster and qualify you for a raise.

What’s the best degree for getting started?

People who enter a criminal justice graduate program can have as diverse backgrounds as the numerous crimes and criminals who affect the safety of the public – even if you don’t have a bachelor’s in criminal justice. After obtaining your degree, you’ll have the skills to transfer into a criminal justice career.

Having worked in relevant career fields will also give you an edge over other job seekers. For example, accountants can use their talents to help break up financial fraud, while bilingual individuals can put their language-speaking skills to help interrogate and communicate with criminals who don’t speak any, or very little, English.

What do you need to succeed?

Anyone applying for a criminal justice master’s program needs to have a clean criminal record. While minor misdemeanors or a DUI may be overlooked, a felony conviction or drug charge will usually disqualify you from any career in law enforcement.

Writing skills are important in all criminal justice professions. Whether it’s being detailed and accurate when filling out a police report or publishing a paper, your writing skills play a vital role in your success.

Understanding psychology will help in your criminal justice career. Engaging with criminals can often mean dealing with their psychological issues, as many are dealing with mental illness. Saint Joseph’s University offers a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice with Behavior Analysis or Behavior Management tracks. These programs provide a focus on a variety of behavior management services such as behavior specialists, educational consultants, criminology professionals, and more.

Whether you’re already in the criminal justice field and are looking for a way to expand your career options, looking for a way to increase your salary, or want to enter the exciting world of criminal justice but have to keep your current job while making the transition, Saint Joseph’s online MS in Criminal Justice program could be just what you’re looking for. You can learn more about the curriculum and explore your new career options.

You can also call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.

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