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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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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

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Correctional Officers and Jailers1,070$40,130
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives480$72,920
Detectives and Criminal Investigators370$69,360
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers2,920$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

The September 2014 unemployment rate for New Hampshire is 4.3%. This is lower than the peak rate of 6.7% seen in January 2010, yet higher than the 3.5% seen in March 2008. New Hampshire’s unemployment currently sits below the national average of 5.8%. Government employment is a good indicator for criminal justice jobs in New Hampshire. Projection Central included the following criminal justice jobs for New Hampshire:

  • Police and Sheriff Patrol: 110 annual openings/88% in positions report some college or bachelor’s degree
  • Correctional Officers: 40 annual openings/60% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 10 annual openings
  • Security Guards: 60 annual openings
  • Paralegals: 30 annual openings/88% in positions report some college, or bachelor’s degree

Note that these open positions are due to growth and replacement.

According to the Mercatus Center, a conservative think tank that rated and analyzed the long-term solvency of each state, New Hampshire ranks 33rd in the nation. This was found after an analysis of the state’s budgeting process, cash/tax collection, and pensions. This is an indicator that new hires may want to pay attention to the New Hampshire’s ability to fulfill its pension obligations.

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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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) Bureau of Labor Statistics’ State Occupational Projections: http://https://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.htm
(4) Y Charts 10 Year Unemployment Chart: http://http://ycharts.com/indicators/new_hampshire_unemployment_rate
(5) Mercatus Center State Fiscal Condition: http://mercatus.org/publication/state-fiscal-condition-ranking-50-states

Page Edited by Charles Sipe.