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The Top 3 Education Questions

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Question #1: With so many Diploma Mills around, how can I  judge the quality of an online education program? Answer: You can't judge an online school by their campus. Many nationally accredited colleges and universities offer only distance learning and online programs. This means they don't need a fancy college campus to deliver a quality education. Here a couple of quick ways to judge an online school and avoid Diploma Mills: First - I... more

Law Enforcement Education Overview


Most police and detectives learn much of what they need to know on the job, often in their agency's police academy. Civil service regulations govern the appointment of police and detectives in most States, large municipalities, and special police agencies, as well as in many smaller jurisdictions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, usually at least 20 years old, and must meet rigorous physical and personal qualifications. Education and trainin... more

Your Professional Arsenal: Do You Need an MBA?

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People pursue a graduate management degree for a variety of reasons: to access additional professional opportunities, outstanding compensation, improvement of management skills, and development of a lifelong professional network. The MBA provides skills that, combined with your military experience, outfit you well to advance your military career or succeed in the civilian marketplace. An Excellent Combination As a military leader, you have a... more

"Why Graduate School?" Sample Essay

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My freshman year at Harvard, I was sitting in a Postcolonial African  Literature class when Professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o (the influential  Kenyan author) succeeded in attracting me to the study of African  literature through nothing more than a single sentence. He argued that,  when a civilization adopts reading and writing as the chief form of  social communication, it frees itself to forget its own values, because  those values no longer have... more

Waitlist Follow-Up Letters

If you have been waitlisted by your top choice, don't despair! Rather than think of the waitlist as something less than admission, remember that you still have a chance--a chance that can grow significantly with a well-crafted follow-up letter. Unless the school explicitly requests that waitlisted applicants not contact the admissions office, you should write a letter to demonstrate your continued interest in the school, not to mention your de... more

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