Aspiring casino security officers can get the education they need through associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice, police science and closely related fields. Relevant certificate programs are also available.
Ten Schools with Criminal Justice or Police Science Programs
These schools offer criminal justice or police science programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Los Angeles Harbor College||Wilmington, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,220 in-state, $7,016 out-of-state|
|Adrian College||Adrian, MI||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$33,610|
|Carteret Community College||Morehead City, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,704 in-state, $7,312 out-of-state|
|City University of Seattle||Seattle, WA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$16,500|
|Columbia State Community College||Columbia, TN||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,919 in-state, $15,319 out-of-state|
|East Central College||Union, MO||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,280 in-district, $3,120 in-state, $4,488 out-of-state|
|Florida Gateway College||Lake City, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$3,100 in-state, $11,747 out-of-state|
|Grossmont College||El Cajon, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,388 in-state, $7,196 out-of-state|
|Gwynedd Mercy University||Gwynedd Valley, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$31,360|
|Fort Scott Community College||Fort Scott, KS||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,820 in-district, $2,910 in-state, $4,590 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School and College Selection Criteria
Consider the following before selecting a school and program:
- Certificate programs may provide hands-on law enforcement training, while degree programs tend to focus on the academic aspects of criminal justice. Prospective students can choose between them based on their educational interests and goals.
- When considering programs that include an internship, prospective students should make sure that options are available at casinos. Therefore, they may want to choose schools in locations where casino gambling is legal.
- Prospective students may want to look at course offerings to find out if there are any particularly relevant electives for officers who want to work in casinos in the future.
- In programs that include a research component, students may want to find out if any faculty advisors have expertise in casino security.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs in criminal justice introduce students to the fundamentals of law enforcement, providing aspiring casino security officers with a comprehensive overview of the American judicial system. Another relevant option is an associate's degree in police science, which covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of a career in law enforcement. In all associate's degree programs, students are required to fulfill general education requirements.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Like associate's degree programs, bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice and police science consist of an overview of the legal system, as well as a core set of general education classes. However, students also have the chance to choose more advanced electives in topics that are particularly relevant for future casino security officers, such as surveillance and reconnaissance, crisis intervention and criminal psychology. Some programs also include an optional internship or research project within the curriculum.
Master's Degree Programs
A master's degree in criminal justice is not necessary for a job as a casino security officer, but it can provide relevant perspective. Students in these programs take advanced courses in justice-related topics. They also conduct thesis research in a particular interest area, and it may be possible for students to focus their studies in casino security. Some schools offer programs in online formats, which can be convenient for working security officers.
Career-focused certificate programs are available for aspiring law enforcement officers. Topics of study include patrol, weapons use, community relations and legal considerations, all of which may be helpful when working in a casino environment. There are also graduate-level certificate programs that provide advanced coursework in the conceptual aspects of criminal justice. For individuals interested in becoming casino security officers, relevant graduate certificate options include anti-counterfeiting, product protection and security management.
Formal educational programs for casino security officers are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. It is important for prospective students to consider the program's curriculum in relation to their academic interests and career goals.