Online Criminal Justice Degrees


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School Surprises


"What Did ECPI Exceed In While You Attended School...
I was impressed with the online teaching staff at ECPI. Whenever I had a question they would respond quicker then most." (Unemployed; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in North Carolina, female
School: Studied Criminal Justice at ECPI in Virginia; completed Associate degree in 2005



"Top Notch Classes...
I was surprised at how in depth the classes were. they really helped me learn the material." (prison guard; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Virginia, male
School: Studied Criminal Justice at DeVry University in Virginia; completed Associate degree in 2012


"The Amount Of Free Time I Was Able To Have. Classes Were Flex...
I was surprised with how well online learning fit into my everyday life. It worked around my social life as well as my work life." (corrections officer; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Kaplan University in Iowa; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Student Effort...
The one thing that surprised me was when working in group work how little some people would apply themselves to the tasks." (Probation officer; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Individuality With Online Courses...
I was surprised at the amount of attention I received from the instructor. He treated me as an individual." (Security Specialist; 2014)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Michigan
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Basic Criminology in Michigan; completed Associate degree in 2004


"I Cannot Believe How Easy Getting A Degree Was...
It was a school that you basically taught yourself everything by reading on your own. Teachers were extremely lenient. It took a while to contact faculty for help and get a response." (Correctional Officer; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in New York, female
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Ashford University in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 2010


"Heightened Learning Experience...
It was surprising easy to learn the material. The way the program was set up, any questions and/or concerns I had were quickly resolved. I also didn't feel like we (the students) were being treated like cattle. It was somewhat of a more personal learning experience than if I was in the classroom. No pressure. I could basically go to class anytime I wanted (save for those scheduled tasks). I would definitely do it again if I had to." (corrections; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Criminal Justice at University Of Central Florida in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Dealing With The Anxiety Of The Quality Of Online Programs...
I was surprised with how organized the information and site was. As far as the content of the subject, I felt the online experience was doing me justice." (Correctional Officer; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, male
School: Studied Criminal Justice at University Of Phoenix Online in Arizona; completed Associate degree in 2012


"Are You Lazy Or Needing Convenience...
The cost of online courses. It's much higher than I thought and definitely much more costly than what it's worth. Considering the school is not needing to pay for the building, lights, etc. For example, I once got a 60% on a test for participation and I didn't make it to the class that day. There are inconsistencies in pricing for online versus in a brick and mortar building and how you are graded. I think that you are not "expected" to know as much when you take an online course. Some people are taking the online course simply for the convenience. I still want to learn and be graded accordingly." (Criminal Justice Administrator; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Wisconsin, female
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Columbia College; completed Master degree in 2012

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Best School Tips


"Tip For A New Online Student...
Whatever you do, never get frustrated. Walk away, take a break and try again." (Unemployed; 2014)


"The Syllabus Is Your Friend...
Make sure you study the syllabus. It will be your lifeline. Don't fall behind. It'll be difficult to catch up. As long as you stay on task and meet deadlines, you'll be fine." (corrections; 2014)


"Study Hard, Make Time For Your Work And Don't Get Caught Up...
Spend a lot of time reading your books, take a lot of notes and turn in homework and assignments on time." (Correctional Officer; 2013)


"Social Networking, How It Slows Us Down...
When taking online classes be sure to block social networks from your browser so you can stay concentrated on school work." (corrections officer; 2014)


"How You Can Decide The Tough Decisions...
I would suggest using your intuition, but also have it be guided by looking towards the future. One must realize that people are fickle and change their minds." (Correctional Officer; 2013)


"Group Work...
Find a program where your grades will not depend on other's work, working in groups can be detrimental to your personal grades." (Probation officer; 2013)


"Check Daily For Assignments...
Make sure to check daily on your assigned tasks as its easy to get behind." (prison guard; 2013)


"Asking Questions From Online Instructors...
Do not be afraid to ask questions of your instructor. They are usually happy to answer any questions or problems that you may be having." (Security Specialist; 2014)


"Are You Capable Of Staying On Track...
You can definitely do your courses any time of the day and any where. That is the most benefit of taking an online course. You need to be self disciplined to do an online course if you expect to get anything out of it." (Criminal Justice Administrator; 2013)