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I get asked this question all the time via email and while on patrol. The answer is is  “YES” you can become a cop without a college degree.

Can a college degree help you get the nod over the guy who doesn’t have one. I guess the answer is yes and no depending on the agency.

Degree or not, you will still have to be able to pass all the steps in the hiring process. I’ve seen educated people with 4-year degrees fail the oral board exam. On the other hand,  I’ve seen someone with just a high school diploma ace the the police oral board because of proper preparation.

Watch the video below for a quick overview on how to become a police officer without a college degree.


Although I have a college degree in criminal justice and psychology, I know I didn’t get the job just because I had  a college degree. I got offered the position because I prepared for the oral board interview and impressed the hiring panel. I also did very well on the police exam scoring in the high 90′s.

With that being said, I wouldn’t totally disregard getting a college degree as there are some major advantages that come with it. Plus, some departments are now requiring you at least have an associate degree before you can apply.  If you are not college material and some people are just not, I would enroll in the military and become an MP. Then, later apply to the department of your choice.


Here’s how a college degree can help you

If its between you and another guy with the same scores on the oral board exam and you are the only one with a degree. Then, you’ll get the nod. A college degree can also help in career advancement, career flexibility, and more. I hope this helps.

Visit police oral board interview secrets to learn more.

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7 Responses so far.

  1. rick says:

    Hi I am having some trouble passing the written enterance exam for LASD and LAPD and etc. I only have a HS school diploma and just graduated by the skin of my theeth . I was thinking of going to take a onilne AA degree in phych from a good college due to that’s all I can do at this time. Would that help me in passing the written exams or what should I do? Thanks

  2. officerforestal says:

    I would look into buying a study guide either online or your local bookstore

  3. patrick wolff says:

    i only have a GED, but i have four years in the army and i was looking to become police officer. what are some degrees that will help me along in a career as an officer, also what does the physical exam consist of.

  4. patrick wolff says:

    i only have a GED, but i have four years in the army and i was looking to become police officer. what are some degrees that will help me along in a career as an officer, also what does the physical exam consist of and is the oral exam similar to a promotion board in the army

  5. officerforestal says:

    Any degree that you pursue would be beneficial… It doesn’t have to be in criminal justice…

  6. Aaron Camp says:

    I just got my GED, and want to become a cop. would i have a chance to get in the state police academy?
    and how much money wise would the academy cost?

  7. samer says:

    dear officer I want to become a police officer i don’t have a degree which I really regret I’m 32 years old I started working very young and started a family so I didn’t get the chance but I do got a high school diploma I took the illinois cook county correctional officer exam but I did not pass for the second time how can I be prepared for the next exam