Criminal Justice Degree Programs in NH with School Information

Research criminal justice degrees in New Hampshire, which currently has 12 schools offering programs. Read an overview of criminal justice degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

Students may opt to earn a certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree in the field; one minor is also offered by one of the schools. Programs may focus on criminal justice as a whole, or more specialized subfields, such as addictions counseling or homeland security. Many programs include practicum requirements such as a senior project or internship.

Of the 12 school to offer criminal justice programs, ten are offered by public or private non-profit schools. These ten schools are discussed below.


Franklin Pierce University

Located in Rindge, Franklin Pierce University enrolls about 2,000 students. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice that requires 120 credit hours of study. Required classes in the program cover topics like ethnic relations, social control, juvenile justice and police work. Elective classes are available in topics like the psychology of terrorism and case studies in espionage. The program's curriculum includes an internship.

The university also offers a minor in criminal justice. Earning this minor requires completing eight courses, one of which focuses on research. The other required focus on subjects like the courts and criminal procedures, criminology and sociology.

Granite State College

Granite State College is located in Concord. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program that requires a minimum of 124 credit hours of study. Classes in this program cover topics like victim rights, constitutional law, corrections and criminology.

Great Bay Community College

Situated in Portsmouth, this college offers an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice. This program, which requires 68 credit hours of study, includes coursework in sociology, ethics, public administration and crisis intervention. The program also requires students to complete an internship or senior project prior to graduation.

New England College

New England College is located in Henniker and enrolls about 2,000 students. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice that requires completion of 48 credit hours of study in the major. Students in these programs visit local sites such as corrections facilities and community agencies during their studies. Program coursework includes instruction about criminology, corrections, criminal law and juvenile delinquency.

NHTI - Concord's Community College

This college is located in Concord and enrolls about 4,000 students. It offers a 23-credit-hour Addictions Counseling/Criminal Justice Certificate. Classes in this certificate program include the fundamentals of criminal justice-oriented addiction treatment, correction operations and criminology. The program also includes an internship.

The college also offers an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice. Students in this program complete a minimum of 68 credit hours of study in topics like juvenile justice administration, criminal law, police operations and crisis intervention. The program also requires that students complete an internship or a senior project.

Plymouth State University

Plymouth State University is located in Plymouth. It offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice that requires 120 credit hours of study. Classes in the program cover topics like the law enforcement environment, criminology, sociology, abnormal psychology and social stratification.

River Valley Community College

River Valley Community College is located in Claremont and enrolls about 1,000 students. The college offers a Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program that includes coursework in psychology, administrative law, juvenile justice administration, drug abuse and crisis intervention. Prior to graduation, students in the program complete a senior project, internship or a police observation.

Rivier University

Rivier University is located in Nashua. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice that requires completion of 120 credit hours of study. The program's curriculum includes coursework in subjects such as legal writing and research, policing, community supervision and criminal procedure. The program also includes an internship.

White Mountains Community College

White Mountains Community College is located in Berlin and enrolls about 1,000 students. The school offers an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security that requires a minimum of 65 credit hours of study. Courses in the program cover topics like justice and the community, policing for homeland security, terrorism and criminal law. Students also complete an internship prior to graduation.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Criminal Justice Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Franklin Pierce University 4-year, private not-for-profit; rural fringe* Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice,
Minor in criminal justice
$33,320*
Granite State College 4-year, public; fringe town* Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice $7,257 for in-state and $8,025 for out-of-state students*
Great Bay Community College 2-year, public; small suburb* Associate in Science in Criminal Justice $7,104 for in-state and $15,264 for out-of-state students*
New England College 4-year, private not-for-profit; rural distant* Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice $34,606*
NHTI - Concord's Community College 2-year, public; fringe town* Certificate in Addiction Counseling/Criminal Justice,
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice
$7,104 for in-state and $15,264 for out-of-state students*
Plymouth State University 4-year, public; remote town* Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice $13,128 for in-state and $21,208 for out-of-state students*
River Valley Community College 2-year, public; rural fringe* Associate in Science in Criminal Justice $6,855 for in-state and $15,015 for out-of-state students*
Rivier University 4-year, private not-for-profit; small city* Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice $29,700*
White Mountains Community College 2-year, public; remote town* Associate in Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security $7,344 for in-state and $15,504 for out-of-state students*

Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.


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