Recognized as a national leader in criminal justice education, UNH offers an exciting, 36-credit master’s degree program in criminal justice available both on campus and fully online. Students in the program study alongside leading professionals in law enforcement, investigation, politics, forensic science, and law. Internship and research opportunities in the program lead to fulfilling careers in government agencies, court systems, and more. We have the second largest criminal justice faculty in the country with a broad range of specializations, supporting many specialized courses in criminal justice.
A key objective of the Master of Science program in criminal justice is the education of men and women planning careers in the field of criminal justice as well as the advanced training and education of those who staff the agencies and institutions of the criminal justice system. The program stresses a broad understanding of the social and behavioral sciences, the institutions of the criminal justice system, and the development of methodological tools and skills. The courses in social and behavioral sciences stress the theories of the behavior of man in a social order, and the sanctions imposed by different societies to control the social behavior of their members. Courses in criminal justice institutions stress the study of the existing system from the police through the courts, the penitentiaries, and the system of probation and parole. The methodological courses expose students to the tools of research and analysis and the contribution of systems analysis to the efficient administration of the criminal justice system.
Criminal justice grad students intern in local police departments in the towns of New Haven, Meriden, Milford, and Branford. However, many criminal justice grad students are already in service as police officers. Although there are always exceptions to the rule, it is our contention that the best investigators start their career as police officers. Students who are studying forensic psychology often intern with probation and parole offices.
The university is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.