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Law Enforcement Careers

How do you become a law enforcement officer?

There are corrections, investigation, parole and policing jobs that require a high school diploma, police academy graduation and on-the-job training. But most departments require at least some course work in criminal justice or a related field, or more commonly, an associate’s degree. Within a competitive job market, prepared candidates will be chosen first.

If you aspire to work in national or international law enforcement, a degree is mandatory. Fulton-Montgomery Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in state, with flexible programs designed to work with your needs. FM also has robust transfer agreements and dual-admission programs with four-year colleges if you choose to continue your education. The complete Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (A.A.) degree program is also available online.

For example, FM and the College of Saint Rose offer a Dual Admission program starting at FM, leading to a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In your two years at FM, you could save thousands of dollars with our low tuition and generous financial aid packages, while enjoying the benefits of being enrolled at both schools.

What to do next

Contact FM admissions to see what program would fit your goals: (518) 736-FMCC (3622) ext. 8301 or e-mail us at geninfo@fmcc.suny.edu

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What to study for your career in law enforcement :

  • Law Enforcement – Criminal Justice (A.A.S., A.S.)
  • Criminal Justice – Criminal Justice (A.A.S., A.S.)
  • Law – Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (A.A.) or Criminal Justice (A.S.)

The complete Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies (A.A.) degree program is also available online.