New Hampshire Criminal Justice Schools

  • 8 schools offering criminal justice degrees in New Hampshire are in our database. (see below)
  • 2 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 5 of them offer bachelor’s degrees and above, and 1 offer a mix of bachelor’s and master’s
  • We found no schools in New Hampshire ranked in US News and World Reports that have a criminal justice program
  • According to Kiplinger’s, New Hampshire has 1 universities ranked in the top 100 for “Values in Public Colleges”; #88 University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • 10 campus-based and online schools in New Hampshire are available for requesting information.

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Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.

Programs:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership-Advanced
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals
  • And more...

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Profiles of Well Known Schools

University of New Hampshire: The College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire- Main Campus has an interdisciplinary program called Justice Studies, which can be pursued at the undergraduate or graduate level. Bachelor students can choose to enroll in the Dual Major program, in which they declare a first major before adding Justice Studies. The college oversees a study abroad program in Budapest, Hungary as well as multiple undergraduate and graduate research grant opportunities such as the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP). 32 professors and instructors teach Justice Studies courses in a wide range of focuses from substance abuse to corrections.

Plymouth State University: Students at Plymouth State University can complete a Bachelor of Arts through the Criminal Justice Department. Required core courses range from The Criminal Justice System to Forensic Science while elective courses are drawn in from numerous liberal arts and social sciences departments. 11 full time and part time faculty work within the Criminal Justice Department and most specialize in corrections and prison culture. Juniors and seniors can earn up to 15 course credits though internships with a local, state or federal organization or agency with whom the department has a partnership.

Southern New Hampshire University (Online): Southern New Hampshire University’s offers six online undergraduate programs and seven online graduate degrees in criminal justice. The three MBA program options are a general MBA in Justice Studies, and International MBA in Justice Studies, and an MBA with a Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security; while the MS programs include a general Justice Studies option, Cyber Security, Public Administration, and Terrorism and Homeland Security masters. The undergraduate programs include and Associate of Science in Justice Studies and a BS in Justice Studies (general, Crime and Criminology, Law and Legal Process, Policing and Law Enforcement, and Terrorism and Homeland Security). Students can take all online courses or do a blended curriculum of both virtual and on-site courses.

New Hampshire Criminal Justice Salary and Jobs

Occupation Number Employed Average Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers 1,070 $40,130
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 480 $72,920
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 370 $69,360
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 2,920 $49,450

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

Respected leaders who have graduated from universities in New Hampshire

  • Nashua New Hampshire Police Chief John J Seusing- University of New Hampshire
  • Belknap County New Hampshire Sheriff Craig Wiggin- Saint Anselm College, NH, New England College, NH
  • Rochester New Hampshire Police G. Chief David Dubois- Hesser College
  • Merrimack New Hampshire Police Chief Michael Milligan- University of New Hampshire- Manchester
Police Quote: “Don’t be afraid of a variety of assignments. Try them all, to see what really appeals to you. What you think you may like, you may not. And vice-versa. A well rounded officer has a better chance of advancement.” -Dave Markss

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New Hampshire Criminal Justice Degrees

In New Hampshire, you’ll find a thriving academic environment rich in cultural offerings and recreational opportunities with college communities in Concord, Manchester, and Nashua. In fact, the latter city was named the nation’s best place to live according to the official state website. Students interested in pursuing a criminal justice degree or certificate can choose from universities, junior colleges, or technical schools in a traditional campus setting or a flexible online degree program from accredited colleges.

If a career in the expanding criminal justice field appeals to you, it might interest you to learn that New Hampshire established an official Cold Case Unit in 2009, joining forces of the Major Crime Unit and City Detectives with the Attorney General’s Office. Up-to-date job listings with the state government are posted as part of their open recruitment. For instance, right now within the New Hampshire Department of Safety openings are available for the positions of emergency management specialist, marine patrol officer, campus security officer, and state police trooper.

For the occupations of bailiffs, correctional officers & jailers, police & patrol officers, paralegal & legal assistants, and private detectives & investigators, there are often job openings available for qualified individuals. In the competition for these openings, law enforcement agencies are bound to give priority to applicants with post-secondary instruction; in fact, an associate’s degree is often a prerequisite depending on the agency’s requirements.

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New Hampshire Criminal Justice Salary

Advanced training also gives candidates the edge in terms of compensation and once employed, helps them move up the job and pay ladder. The average wage for police officer in New Hampshire is $48,120 1 while first line supervisors at police agencies earn an average of $70,580 1 per year. Correctional officers in New Hampshire earn an average of $39,890 1 and detectives can expect to earn an average of $68,280 1 per year. Law firms often have open positions for paralegals and they are paid an average annual salary of $44,590.1

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New Hampshire’s Criminal Justice Employment Outlook 2, 3, 4, 5

At the start of 2012, New Hampshire unemployment is 5.1% or 3.4 percentage points under the national level) and is growing back toward prior peak employment levels by early 2013 according to USA Today / Moody’s Analytics . Government related employment, which is a good proxy for New Hampshire criminal justice job opportunities, has excellent with good growth starting in late 2012. The New Hampshire Department of Labor site and the Occupational Supply & Demand System show strong prospects are noted for Police and Sheriff Patrol (95 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Correctional Officers (45 annual openings / 60% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree), Detectives / Investigators / Forensic Techs (10 annual openings), Security Guards (80 annual openings) and Paralegals (30 annual openings / 88% of individuals in these positions report having some college or a bachelor’s degree). Fiscally, the state of New Hampshire is operating on a small projected deficit in 2012 with low concern going forward due to relatively low unemployment. Consider requesting free information from several schools for comparison.

Online and New Hampshire Criminal Justice Schools

If you are seeking a New Hampshire criminal justice degree, we recommend the following accredited campus-based and online criminal justice programs for students interested in pursuing associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the growing field of criminal justice.

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Capella University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • MS - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • BS - Criminal Justice

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University of Phoenix
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • A.A. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • B.S in Criminal Justice Administration/Cybercrimes

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Walden University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Public Management and Leadership-Advanced
  • PhD in Criminal Justice - Online Teaching in Higher Education-Advanced
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Crime and Criminals

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California University of Pennsylvania
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence: Legal Studies

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Liberty University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • AA in Criminal Justice
  • Masters in Criminal Justice: Command College

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Kaplan University - KHE
Campuses: 1South Portland
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science: Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science: Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science: Criminal Justice

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Kent State University
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Victimology
  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Master's - Criminology & Criminal Justice - Police

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Florida Tech University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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University of Cincinnati Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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Colorado Technical University Online
Campuses: 1Online
Popular Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Cybercrime and Security


Tip: If you don’t live near a campus-based school that offers a program of interest, consider an online degree or a university in an adjacent state (Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine).

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Directory of New Hampshire Universities Offering Criminal Justice Degrees

Franklin Pierce University (Rindge, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice

Granite State College (Concord, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

Hesser College (Manchester, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice

New England College (Henniker, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Master of Science | Criminal Justice Leadership

NHTI | Concord’s Community College (Concord, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Public Safety Communications

Student Review: “A very small school, NHTI was the perfect starting point for me. The small class sizes allowed for a very nice transition into the college life. There were small community areas in almost all of the buildings which meant that there were plenty of spaces to hang out and get to know your classmates. Besides the free community areas there were an abundance of clubs that were available to all students for free – I had a blast in the Drama Club. Besides the student life that everyone expects, academic life was good as well. Advisers are on top of their game and mine was always available to answer questions at any time during the week – even the weekend. Overall, I will always remember my experience as a pleasant one.” -Amy H., student at New Hampshire Technical Institute

Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts | Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science | Public Management

Rivier College (Nashua, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Homeland Security and Emergency and Disaster Management

White Mountains Community College (Berlin, NH)
Criminal Justice Degrees Offered:
Associate of Arts | Criminal Justice
Associate of Science | Criminal Justice
Certificate | Criminal Justice

References:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_NH.htm
(2) Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/lau/ see state on page for current unemployment rate
(3) USA TODAY/Moody’s Analytics/BLS: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-02-06-new-jobs-growth-graphic_N.htm
(4) Occupational Supply & Demand System / OCDS Georgia State University for the U.S. Department of Labor: http://www.occsupplydemand.org/OSD_SelectOcc.aspx?chk=2&ST=ZZ
(5) The Sunshine Review: http://sunshinereview.org/core/home (select state budget button)

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