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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
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    Changing Majors for MSHP

    I am currently enrolled at Missouri State University, majoring in Human Resources Management. As I currently understand, Missouri Highway Patrol has no preference on which degree you have, but having a degree increases your competitiveness of being accepted into the academy. My question is; would I be more competitive with a degree in Criminology vs. HR? I know MO has Troopers serving in their HR department...I thought having an HR degree would make me more diverse while also giving me a "plan B" career field incase I was unable to get into the academy.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    6,365
    1. You are fine where you are, for the right reason.
    2. Welcome aboard, and please review the rules of the board. A search of "major" (with the quotes) yielded 17 pages of threads - most addressing the same issue you raised. I'll betcha they all say the same thing: Get your degree. Study something that interests you and at which you will work to do well. Think about plan b if LE doesn't work out for you.
    ret.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    647
    Do not change your degree, it won't matter. Get a degree that will help you find the best job outside of L.E.
    On a side note, apply for an internship with our agency. It will help you get a feel for what the job is, and help during the application process.


 

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