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Undergraduate Certificate Justice Studies Crime & Criminology

Channel Your Desire to Do Good into a Crime & Criminology Certificate

If you're looking for a rewarding entry-level job in the justice studies field or are currently working in law enforcement and want to upgrade your skills, consider enrolling in the Justice Studies Crime and Criminology Certificate program at Southern New Hampshire University. This highly specialized certificate program delivers the training you need to jumpstart a career or a promotion in this exciting field.

See Yourself Succeed in Crime & Criminology

Unlike traditional criminal justice programs, our interdisciplinary approach goes beyond courses in criminology and law enforcement to offer a more complete look at the American justice system, criminal law, social science and more. This diverse approach to your studies translates into expanded opportunities when you graduate.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your crime and criminology certificate at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire. 
  • Accomplished faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and bring their professional experience directly to you in the classroom.
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.

Internships & Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013, "Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 21% from 2010-20, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for private detectives and investigators will result from heightened security concerns, increased litigation, and the need to protect confidential information and property of all kinds. The proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, spamming, email harassment, and illegal downloading of copyrighted materials, also will increase the demand for private investigators."

Graduates of the Justice Studies certificate programs can go on to complete their AS or BS in Justice Studies. Those who are already in the workforce are better prepared for career advancement in business security, policing and law enforcement, federal service agencies, terrorism prevention, the courts, corrections, dispute resolution, victim advocacy, the military and more.


Through a carefully selected program of study, students have the opportunity to discover a broad scope of the American justice system. Begin with a few foundational courses in criminal justice, then select two more specialized classes that interest you - from forensics to terrorism to white collar crime.

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Campus Undergraduate Tuition

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more.

This certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking alternatives to federal financial aid can explore tuition assistance, grants and scholarships, as well as private loans. To learn more about private loans, visit our Funding Your Education with Student Loans page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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