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Preparing for Justice and Security School

Justice and security is a very competitive field. So if you are thinking about going to college or university in a justice and security related program, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school in order to plan your high school courses appropriately. The specific program you apply for will determine exactly what you should have on your high school transcript; however, most undergraduate programs in justice and security require that you have taken courses in English, math, social science and science. Computer skills and foreign language courses are also extremely beneficial and sometimes required. Remember that this is an interdisciplinary field of study, so the more breadth you have the better prepared you'll be for the schools that make your list. But be sure you don't sacrifice quality for quantity: keep your grades up, since at some schools the minimum average for admission can be as high as 80 or even 90%!

If you are still in high school and planning your future in a justice and security program, there are several additional things you can do to prepare for success aside from earning good grades.

  • Undertake to read and study independently. This will help you develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve the vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for these specialized programs. You will also be well-prepared if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and concepts specific to this area of study.


  • Because these programs involve the handling of sensitive information and critical situations, admissions committees for justice and security programs are also concerned with an applicant's personal qualities. One way to develop these qualities is by participating in extracurricular activities. Consider joining or even starting school clubs, whether related to your area of interest or not. This is also a good way to develop demonstrated leadership skills, which are an important aspect of any competitive application.


  • Work experience - paid or volunteer - can also increase your chances of being admitted, particularly to programs involving internship, field work or other public interaction components, and is an achievement often regarded highly by admissions committees.


  • Prove you're serious. Programs in justice and security take a lot of focused work, and taking classes in CPR, first aid or other safety courses can show the admissions committee you are dedicated. In fact, these may be required for admission in some cases.


  • Stay out of trouble! Many of these programs require a criminal record check and reference letters testifying to your character. You want your past to show that you are a responsible, mature applicant, so don't just stay out of trouble, show that you are interested in making a positive contribution to your society.

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    Kaplan University
    Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
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    UEI College
    At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.
    Programs Offered:
    • Criminal Justice (11-Month Diploma Program)

     
    Regent University
    Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.
    Programs Offered:
    • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Criminal Justice
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    Ashford University
    You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.
    Programs Offered:
    • MS/Criminal Justice - Forensic Science
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    ECPI University
    ECPI University
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    Keiser University Campus

    Since 1977, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience. 

    Programs Offered:
    • Master of Arts in Homeland Security
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    New England Institute of Technology

    New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical university offering over 50 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.

    Programs Offered:
    • BS - Criminal Justice Technology
    • AS - Criminal Justice Technology

     
    Berkeley College

    The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

    Programs Offered:
    • AAS in Justice Studies - Criminal Justice
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    City College
    City College of Florida is focused on providing the best in business and career education.
    Programs Offered:
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    National Louis University

    National Louis University is one of the oldest and most progressive universities in Chicago.

    Programs Offered:
    • B.A. in Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice Administration

     
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