If you want to enjoy a long and successful career as a corrections officer in the beautiful state of Massachusetts, then you need to get the best possible education that you can. A good education in the field is one that adequately and realistically prepares you for work in the field and that provides you with the skills and abilities you need to excel.

You can get this kind of education at a community college, a traditional college or university, or even at a good online school, and the good news is that there are plenty in the state. It’s just up to you to get out there and find the one that’s the right fit for you!

Hands down, the only way to find that perfect fit of a school is through research, research, research on your part! Take the time to visit campuses you are interested in touring, to talk with admissions counselors, and perhaps most importantly of all, ask lots of questions.

Ask about student life, the program itself, and what past graduates are currently doing. You can even ask to sit in on a class that you would potentially take in order to get a real feel for what it’s like. Do this with all the schools that you are seriously interested in, and finding the best fit should be easy.

Of course, it’s hard to start on the research without a good reference point of what some of the top schools in Massachusetts are! We’ll start with online schools, which are growing increasingly more popular in the state. While students can attend online schools based virtually anywhere, there are some picks that are more common for Massachusetts residents interested in the field.

These include Anna Maria College, which is perfect for the upper level student, and offers master’s degrees in both emergency management and justice administration; Boston University and its master’s degree program in criminal justice; the University of Massachusetts at Boston’s online forensic criminology, criminal justice, and security studies programs.

The University of Massachusetts at Lowell’s online programs in the same areas; and the University of Phoenix, which offers a bachelor’s degree in organizational security management, as well as a master’s degree in administration of justice and security. Any of these are good fits for serious students wanting a high quality, reliable online education experience.

If traditional school is more your style, or if you want to find an online program that is linked to a traditional school for your own piece of mind, you’ll find lots of great, quality options in the state. Popular choices include American Intercontinental College, located in Springfield; Assumption College in Worcester; Bay Path College in quaint and quiet Longmeadow.

Bay State College, located in the capital city of Boston; Becker College, located in Worcester; Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield; Bridgewater State College; Bristol Community College, in Fall River; Bunker Hill Community College, in beautiful Boston; Cape Cod Community College, in West Barnstable.

Clark University, in Worcester, obviously a popular college town; Curry College, located in Milton; Dean College, in Franklin; Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy; Elms College in Chicopee; Endicott College in Beverly; Fisher College of Boston; Fitchburg State College; Greenfield Community College; Holyoke Community College: Marian Court College, in Swampscott; Massachusetts Bay Community College, in Wellesley Hills; Massasoit Community College, in Brockton.

Middlesex Community College in Bedford; Mildred Elley College in Pittsfield; Mound Ida College in Newton; Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner; Newbury College in Brookline; Nichols College of Dudley; and many others. The more options you explore, the more likely you are to find your perfect match.