Students in New Hampshire have limited options for studying homeland security. Students may earn a certificate or an associate's degree in the field; associate's degree programs include general education credits. While a certificate may be earned in as little as 16 credit hours, an associate's degree usually takes two years. One of the schools requires the completion of an internship or senior project in both of its programs. Below are profiles for two public schools that have programs in the field, including in-depth information about school programs, tuition and school type.
Great Bay Community College
Great Bay Community College has been a fixture of Portsmouth under various monikers since 1945, having taken its present name in 2008. This college offers an associate's degree in criminal justice and a certificate in homeland security. The certificate program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack. Consisting of 16 credit hours, the program features courses in crisis management, terrorism and criminal procedure.
The associate's program covers broader criminal justice studies and includes courses like criminal procedure, police operations and juvenile justice administration. However, students pursing the associate's program can also complete the certificate curriculum to gain specific training in homeland security.
White Mountains Community College
Located near the border of Maine in Berlin, White Mountains Community College offers certificate and associate's programs in criminal justice/homeland security. The certificate program can be completed in one year and consists of 32 credit hours; three of those credit hours must come from an internship or senior project.
The first year of the associate's program features the same curriculum as the certificate program and adds on a variety of computer and general education courses in the second year. Students in the associate's program also take additional criminal justice courses, such as terrorism, homeland security policing and forensic science. The associate's program requires 65-66 credit hours for completion.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Homeland Security Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Great Bay Community College||2-year; public; small suburb|| Certificate in Homeland Security,
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice
|$7,680 in-state; $16,480 out-of-state*|
|White Mountains Community College||2-year; public; remote town|| Criminal Justice Professional Certificate,
Associate in Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security
|$7,970 in-state; $16,770 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator