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Alan Grage Sep 27 Section 1 Exercise #4 Statement of Purpose Deciding to take criminal justice classes in college was just a start of what turned into a good career field. Taking these classes ties into my professional background also. I first started to take criminal justice classes after I returned from being deployed to Kosovo. I joined the National Guard to help pay for my college and receive job training. I found out I was being deployed to Kosovo to provide law enforcement for the country. After working as a military police officer for almost a year, I was excited to get back to the states and take actual criminal justice classes. As I started to take criminal justice classes, I spoke with many teachers who used to be officers. Most of them have told me they went a lot farther on the force after they received a master’s degree. I would like to be able to go as far as I can on the force. I don’t want to have a limit on what job I can have in the police department. After all of my experiences, I would like to apply to graduate school. I want to experience a lot of criminal justice at St. Cloud State University. I have almost acquired my associates in criminal justice from Kirkwood Community College. I would like to extend all the knowledge that I have learned there to what I can learn with SCSU. I would like to contribute to the amount of knowledge I possess in the field. I am positive SCSU can help contribute to my understanding of criminal justice. SCSU is a well-known graduate program in the criminal justice field. My plans after graduate school are to apply to many police departments. I plan on living in the Chicago suburbs, so this is where I will be applying. I am also applying to the DEA and the FBI. Having masters in criminal justice will help put me above the rest Alan Grage Sep 27 Section 1 Exercise #4 of the applicants. I am applying for SCSU because I fit in the program. I have a lot of experience in the criminal justice field already. With the knowledge I have and the knowledge I gain from your graduate program, I should be proficient at being a law enforcement officer. After I get accepted to one of the departments I apply for, I will be able to advance as far as I want. I could end up being Chief of Police if I wanted to. Having my master’s degree will allow me to achieve goals that were almost impossible for me. Having my master’s degree will also help me achieve better jobs when I graduate. I will be able to have a better starting out job. Instead of an entry-level job, I will be able to obtain a higher paying job with my master’s. This is important if I get hired in one of the Federal jobs I apply for. My starting out job should be better when I have my master’s. Overall, my goal is to obtain my master’s degree, apply for a job, and obtain a great starting out job. This can all be accomplished with my acceptance to SCSU. Alan Grage Sep 27 Section 1 Exercise #4 St. Cloud State University Master of Science Criminal Justice Requirements- 1. Possess at least an overall 2.75 GPA in your previous undergraduate and graduate records. 2. Possess a GPA pf at least 2.75 in the last half of your undergraduate work. 3. Achieve a 480 or higher verbal score on the GRE examination. 4. Achieve a 520 or higher quantitative score on the GRE examination. 5. Achieve a 470 or higher on the GMAT examination. (The GMAT is required of all MBA applicants.) 6. The GRE is required of all applicants except for those applying to the MBA program.
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