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Ok. I've decided I would like to go back to school part-time but no where around here offers Public Administration or CJ Administration Master's courses, so I've started looking into online courses.

Does anyone know anything about online courses, who to use, who to avoid etc?

I've found one school that actually doesn't look too bad (Columbia Southern University), but it's a no-name school...do you think it matters in the end who it's from? I mean I would love to go to John Jay - but frankly that isn't happening.

Any sugestions?
 

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Salem state will be starting a master's degree in September. If you want to wait for then it is cheaper and more accessible. call and speak to someone in the CJ department to confirm.
 

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Thanks for the help, the problem with those schools is that I live in CT and need to take courses online because no one offers them around here.
 

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kttref";p="52018 said:
Thanks for the help, the problem with those schools is that I live in CT and need to take courses online because no one offers them around here.
Both of those links are for online programs. Give them a clickety click.
 

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Good call. I'm losing my mind.

UNH (New Haven) has a program I may actually attend in class...But thanks for the heads up.
 

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Thanks for the help, the problem with those schools is that I live in CT and need to take courses online because no one offers them around here.
Fairfield University offers several online courses. I'm a senior there right now, so if have any questions send me a PM.
 

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Check for a real campus college with an excellent reputation. There are a lot of mail-order colleges out there (we used to call them matchbook cover degrees) that aren't worth the money and time.

About 20 years ago I had an employee who was looking at a distance learning degree program out of CA. I did some checking (this was before the Internet was really usable) and called the CA Dept of Higher Ed (or whatever it was called). Found out that CA will "certify" as legit any "college" that has a Minimum of ONE staff member and the place in question was a garage operation (can you spell "degree mill"?).

Since you are in CT, you might check on an online program that Bill Clede (author of police training manuals and retired Hartford-area PO) started up some years ago when we had an LE-only forum on CompuServe.

Some info on Bill Clede:
http://wticalumni.home.comcast.net/people/clede.htm

Oh shit! Just found this obit on Bill. Damn, I had lost touch with him over the past few years and had no idea that he passed away. RIP Bill!! The obit describes where his Online training went and you might find something there.
http://www.onlinepoliceacademy.org/remembering_bill_clede.html
 
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If anyone is considering an online degree program, a good site to visit is:
http://www.degreeinfo.com/

Go to the "Discussion Board" - "Distance Learning Discussions". Research a particular school using the "Search" feature or post a question about a school. Many LEOs post on that board.

Before getting into any online programs, be sure to read the section on accreditation so you don't get burned with a bogus degree.

Good luck!
 

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From what I've heard...

Second that on Excelsior, also U of Phoenix has a great reputation.

FWIW if you have taken FEMA courses that award a certificate, there are a couple schools out there that will recognize those certs as course credit...of course, you have to fork over the $400 or so per credit, but at least you get something toward a degree for a weekend of classroom training...
 

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A co-worker of mine is enrolled, or starting in the Fall this year at ULowell for his masters online. I'll find out for you. Any questions you want me to ask him?

As far as online courses in general, just from people at my school taking them rather than going to class, much more paperwork because there is no discussion really, unless the program has the ability to set up a virtual classroom with a chat or discussion board. Those are a pain in the butt though. Also, a lot easier to procrastinate on assignments because you aren't going any place, you sleep in and go out easier. Then you say ... oh crap thats due tomorrow.
 
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Also, a lot easier to procrastinate on assignments because you aren't going any place, you sleep in and go out easier. Then you say ... oh crap thats due tomorrow.
You're right, it's easier to procrastinate It takes discipline and motivation. Online is NOT easier than face-to-face classes, it's just much more convenient.

UPhoenix, AIU, Capella, Walden etc are "for profit" universities so they are $$$$. Think BU, but without BU's high reputation.

If you get your bachelor's at a DETC (nationally accredited) school (Ashworth, Columbia Southern etc) and then want to get your master's at UMass (regionally accredited) - UMass may not accept your bachelor's degree. It's better to go with a regionally accredited college.
 

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned "LaSalle Extension University", available on matchbook covers everywhere :) !
 
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