Program in Criminal Justice Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences University of New Haven

Program in Criminal Justice Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
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fall application deadline
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11 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


University of New Haven's Henry C. Lee College: An Early Leader in Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences 1 of 5 academic colleges at the University of New Haven. One of the first forensic science undergraduate programs in the nation, the program today is a national leader. UNH's College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences is the first university to offer an M.S. in national security and public safety; it provides an assortment of professional certificates as well.

The faculty of the criminal justice department integrates both theory and applied practice in their teachings as a product of their own qualifications and professional backgrounds. In addition, the college has Centered Professional Practice Oriented Learning mission to integrate a traditional educational experience with opportunities to learn through experience and involvement such as internships, activities, and clubs.

University of New Haven's Henry C. Lee College Boasts an Experienced and Well-Recognized Faculty

The full-time faculty members of the program are well-recognized professionals with field experience in the areas in which they teach. All full-time faculty members hold advanced degrees in their respective fields. In addition, each faculty member has experience working in the field in which he or she teaches.

For instance, Ernest Dorling, Co-Director of International Justice and Security, has over 27 years of experience in law enforcement, including serving security detail for 2 presidents, performing investigations for the Department of Defense, and teaching at the Federal Law Enforcement Academy.

Graduate Success at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Graduates have been very successful at finding professions within the criminal justice field. Many are employed by state and local agencies, and more are employed in federal agencies and services. Alumni from this department have worked at the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, CIA, and U.S. Department of the Treasury Border Patrol Military Police.

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice Degree

The UNH Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice provides students with an extensive theory and research base for success across criminal justice disciplines including investigative science, law enforcement, and criminal behavior. The UNH Criminal Justice Ph.D. program is designed to be a small, selective program to enable every student to receive the individualized instruction and mentoring necessary in doctoral education. Strong relationships with a broad range of public and private organizations afford graduate students significant opportunities to develop data sources and research opportunities. Currently, more than $2 million in contract and grant funding for research and contract services within the college provides graduate students with opportunities for research experience and external funding. The program includes traditional classroom-based courses, online courses, and hybrid courses (courses that include both online and classroom instruction).

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree

The UNH M.S. program in criminal justice is targeted both to those entering the criminal justice field and those already in the field who seek advanced training. The program focuses on developing skills in -- and an understanding of -- the social and behavior sciences and the institutions within the criminal justice system. Students examine psychological and social theory, the processes of the penal system from initial arrest through parole, and the research tools and analytical systems used in criminal justice administration.

Concentrations within the Master of Criminal Justice Program

Students interested in a specialized course of study can pick 1 of 5 optional concentrations: crime analysis, criminal justice management, forensic computer investigation, forensic psychology, or victimology. Students also have the opportunity to work for certification available at the college. Concentrated courses range from 3 to 6 of the graduate courses that must be completed to earn 36 hours within the department.

Certificate Programs in Criminal Justice

By completing a comprehensive set of classes, UNH graduate students can receive certification in one of 4 programs: criminal justice management, forensic computer investigation, forensic psychology, or victim advocacy and services management. Program course loads typically involve taking 4 specified classes. Working professionals seeking to enhance their skill sets are also eligible for certificate training.

Rigorous Requirements for an M.S. in Criminal Justice

All master degree students, regardless of their concentration, are required to take a core selection of classes along with electives, for a total of 36 credits. A small percentage of students will be asked to take an additional 3-hour course if their adviser determines it necessary. As part of the requirements, students must elect to take either a 6-credit thesis project or a final comprehensive exam.

The rigorous core study classes include Mental Health, Law, and Criminal Justice; Theories of Criminal Behavior; Research Methods in Criminal Justice; and Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice. Graduate students can also select from specialized courses, such as Rational Models of Crime, Abnormal Psychology in Forensic Populations, and Internet Investigations and Audit-Based Computer Forensics. The choice of elective courses available is determined by the student's concentration within the program.

About the University of New Haven

The University of New Haven was founded in 1920 and today stands on an 80-acre campus in suburban West Haven, Connecticut, built on a former orphanage complex. A private, liberal arts university, UNH is also the center for the National Society of Experiential Education Academy in the Northeast, and as such combines a traditional college education with hands-on, experiential training to provide a well-rounded educational experience. Current enrollment stands at around 5,200 students, two-thirds of whom are undergraduates. Seventy percent of students live in university housing.

About West Haven, Connecticut

West Haven, Connecticut is located between Boston and New York City, and is less than an hour from the capital of Hartford, CT. Minutes from the coast of Long Island Sound and historic downtown New Haven, and just a short drive from the Tweed-New Haven regional airport, the area boasts entertainment possibilities locally and ease of travel to surrounding hotspots.

History enthusiasts and picnickers alike visit the Bradley Point Park, which marks the spot where British troops invaded during the Revolutionary War and today offers panoramic views of the Long Island Sound. Rare shorebirds can also be spotted nearby at the Sandy Point estuary, featured on the Connecticut Coastal Birding Trail.

Location & Contact

Program in Criminal Justice

Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
University of New Haven

300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516-1916
United States

Dr. William Norton


Phone: 203-932-7374

Ms. Eloise Gormley

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 203-932-7440

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Criminal Justice Management Certificate
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Victim Advocacy And Services Management Certificate
    • Forensic Computer Investigation Certificate
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Information Protection And Security Certificate
    • Criminal Justice Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Crime Analysis Master of Science (MS)
    • Forensic Psychology Master of Science (MS)
    • Victimology Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 49
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 7
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


89% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 134
    • Accepted 120
    • Acceptance Rate 89
    • Enrolled 60
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 31st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline October 15th Not Reported
    • Spring deadline January 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students161
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students161
    • Part-time Percentage69%
    • Full-time Percentage31%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American17%
    • White / Caucasian56%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian2%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown11%




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