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    My department offers us tuition reimbursement and I'm thinking of getting my masters. I was kind of curious if any of you guys on here have gotten your graduate degree, and if so what program/degree or schools did you go with. Thanks in advance for the replies.

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    I can't give you much guidance as far as what to take. I just absolutely say go for it if they are paying. My PD recently did away with tuition reimbursement and we never thought that would happen. So go for it before it's pulled out from under you.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by corona11 View Post
      My department offers us tuition reimbursement and I'm thinking of getting my masters. I was kind of curious if any of you guys on here have gotten your graduate degree, and if so what program/degree or schools did you go with. Thanks in advance for the replies.
      Master's of Public Admin from NIU. Strong network in the northern and western suburbs if you're located that way. You are bound to meet people you will come in contact with again. I wasn't the police when I started the program and got a chance to meet a chief in an informal setting that now wants me to lateral to his department. Also had a classmate that made D/C but I know him on a first name basis because we met as classmates before he made it to D/C. A lot of future city managers will be in those classrooms. That I guarantee you. Half the classes in DeKalb, many others you can get away with taking at Hoffman Estates and Naperville. Fire bosses in there as well.

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      • #4
        For me, traveling to classes with my schedule was the problem. I'm just finishing up (this is my last semester) with Lewis University. They offer two law enforcement related masters, a Masters of Public Safety Administration and masters of criminal justice and it's entirely online. The program itself is a good deal of work, but very manageable to do while working and with family and all over a two year period. As was pointed out, this also is an awesome program for networking and I've made some phenomenal contacts both through fellow students and professors. PM me if you have any questions-

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        • #5
          BU and PSU both have the programs, which may be a little more reputable universities. Not sure if all your reimbursement will cover those tuitions. As roseboy stated, local may be a better path for local contacts. Personally, online is the way to go in our world.
          "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LockednLoaded View Post
            BU and PSU both have the programs, which may be a little more reputable universities. Not sure if all your reimbursement will cover those tuitions. As roseboy stated, local may be a better path for local contacts. Personally, online is the way to go in our world.
            Online works much better as a second degree but not as a primary degree. Also, online program and online school are not the same. Imagine your academy experience...online. It's kind of the same (except for PT and physical scenarios). Now for old timers who didn't need degrees at all, it's a feather in their cap but if you're in the up and coming generation your competition is going to be people from regular schools. There were over 60 recruits in my class...maybe 3 didn't have any college at all. Everybody else went to traditional schools. Does it make you a better cop? No. Does it give you a leg up? Put it like this...I was learning about budgets, union contracts, reviewing board minutes, reading the strategic plan etc. before I came on the job. The future of your department is not as hidden as some people think, the details are in the documents. That's what I learned in grad school. You can make a lot more informed decisions when you make the municipal business your business. Some guys just don't have the stomach for it. Don't know how I got here so just forgive the tangent.

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            • #7
              Come to Lewis University and all your wildest dreams will come true.
              Vaya con dios

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Joe Snuffy View Post
                Online works much better as a second degree but not as a primary degree. Also, online program and online school are not the same. Imagine your academy experience...online. It's kind of the same (except for PT and physical scenarios). Now for old timers who didn't need degrees at all, it's a feather in their cap but if you're in the up and coming generation your competition is going to be people from regular schools. There were over 60 recruits in my class...maybe 3 didn't have any college at all. Everybody else went to traditional schools. Does it make you a better cop? No. Does it give you a leg up? Put it like this...I was learning about budgets, union contracts, reviewing board minutes, reading the strategic plan etc. before I came on the job. The future of your department is not as hidden as some people think, the details are in the documents. That's what I learned in grad school. You can make a lot more informed decisions when you make the municipal business your business. Some guys just don't have the stomach for it. Don't know how I got here so just forgive the tangent.
                Disagreed. Only difference is instructor led versus online. Degrees are not different unless you enroll with a for-profit university. Unfortunately, it's with the times. CA residents can get their J.D. online even. Most of the skill sets you listed could be mastered outside of school anyways. An officer doesn't need a degree to excel in the job. Testing for Command is becoming for demanding for education.
                "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by corona11 View Post
                  My department offers us tuition reimbursement and I'm thinking of getting my masters. I was kind of curious if any of you guys on here have gotten your graduate degree, and if so what program/degree or schools did you go with. Thanks in advance for the replies.
                  I say go for it, especially if your department is paying for it.

                  I got my Masters Degree in History last year, and have just applied for a PhD program.

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                  • #10
                    There was a guy some years back that was a burb Chief that had a PHD. He actually had on his desk and nameplate Dr. Supt xxxxx. Everyone thought he was a putz.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ChiTownDet View Post
                      Everyone thought he was a putz.
                      Putz! Brings me back to my HS best friend. We still each other putzes to this day.
                      "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LockednLoaded View Post
                        Disagreed. Only difference is instructor led versus online. Degrees are not different unless you enroll with a for-profit university. Unfortunately, it's with the times. CA residents can get their J.D. online even. Most of the skill sets you listed could be mastered outside of school anyways. An officer doesn't need a degree to excel in the job. Testing for Command is becoming for demanding for education.
                        Hey, I sent you a PM so everybody doesn't have to wade through our dialogue.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ChiTownDet View Post
                          There was a guy some years back that was a burb Chief that had a PHD. He actually had on his desk and nameplate Dr. Supt xxxxx. Everyone thought he was a putz.
                          That is rather putzy.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Eiba View Post
                            Come to Lewis University and all your wildest dreams will come true.
                            Go FLYERS !!

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                            • #15
                              Too bad Benedictine University ended the First Responders Program. Free college for cops and fire fighters.

                              They are talking about starting a accelerated Criminal Justice program. If you pick them, get a business degree.

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