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  • #16
    I know that CPD guys that are going for their Masters have some classes from Calumet College taught at the CPD Academy. If you're in the City, or close by, this may help you out from travelling to a far away campus.

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    • #17
      First and foremost, having a Master's degree in anything is going to benefit you no matter what. That being said, I would avoid Criminal Justice (Criminology, LEJA, etc.), Sociology, and Psychology. It's been my experience that those concentrations fall too much in-line with the job. Expand your horizons and add additional tools to your toolbox by challenging yourself in a different concentration. Management, business, or administration concentrations in general will augment your role as a officer, assist in upward and lateral advancement within your department, and open up many more doors outside of LE.

      I researched what degrees and levels of education that Chiefs across the country had attained, and about 80% of department leaders across the US had a Masters or higher in Public Administraion. I started doing my research, and found that UIC has a nationally ranked (Top 10) Public Administration Masters an PhD program. I completed my undergrad at UIC before getting on the job, and I was happy with the quality of instruction. I'm very happy with my decision. I have a friend who chose to take his Masters coursework in PA at DePaul, and he loves the program there. I know NIU also offers it, and UofI Springfield has a ton of online coursework avaialable within their MPA program.

      Avoid online schools. It's ok to complete online coursework as long as its through a legitimate institution of higher learning, but stay away from the knock-off places. I see ton's of degree mills advertised on this site and other LE sites, it's a real shame.

      Compus aside, definitely consider Public Administration. NOT Criminal Justice Administration or some other hybrid program designed to attracted working stiffs, but true Public Administration. Its a management degree for the public sector and compliments our line of work without getting blended into it.

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      • #18
        Hey corona, I'm not at the Graduate level yet, but look into Governors State University (GSU). It's one of the most underrated schools in the area. They have a Masters and even a Doctorate level program there. They have on-line and off campus classes area-wide. They recently started offering classes where you meet at the Oak Lawn Fire Department, Lemont Police Station, for example. It's in a classroom setting, but the program is flexible to include different schedules. Hope this helps.

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