Research shows benefits of higher education in the criminal justice field

Individuals who have careers in criminal justice may want to consider the many benefits of higher education.
Individuals who have careers in criminal justice may want to consider the many benefits of higher education.

As universities across the country add master's degree programs in criminal justice, individuals who are currently working in the field may want to consider the benefits of higher education.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, various careers in criminal justice require a master's degree, such as certain probation officer and correctional treatment specialist positions. Similarly, some corporate investigators, computer forensics analysts, paralegals and legal assistants must have a master's.

In general, individuals in any field who had a master's had higher salaries than those with a bachelor's. According to bureau, individuals who held higher degrees in 2009 earned about $232 more per week.

Universities that have recently added master's programs in criminal justice include West Virginia State University, according to the Charlestown Gazette, and New York's Hilbert College, according to Buffalo News.

The sources stated that both universities designed their criminal justice courses with working individuals in mind. A majority of classes will be offered online or at night. Completion of these programs usually takes about 18 to 24 months.

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