Southern New Hampshire University

Justice Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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  • Programme outline
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The American justice system is no longer abstract theory, but daily reality. The specter of international and domestic terrorism, the high-tech sophistication of cyber-crime, our fascination with modern criminal investigation all point to justice studies as a vital, growing field offering multiple career paths.

See Yourself Succeed as a Justice Studies Major

Unlike programs that focus on only one aspect of the justice model, such as law enforcement, the SNHU justice studies BS provides a sweeping overview of the justice system, criminal law, corrections systems, legal and social science research, international criminal justice and more.

Students tailor the program to their career goals, complimenting traditional justice studies courses with undergraduate classes in such aligned areas as business, psychology, sociology, political science, and philosophy.

Elect a BS in Justice Studies alone or choose a concentration in:
  • Crime and Criminology
  • Law and Legal Processes
  • Policing and Enforcement
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security

As a private, nonprofit university, Southern New Hampshire University has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in justice studies 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. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students with GPAs of 2.5 and higher could receive up to $18,000 in grants and scholarships.
  • Innovative programs. Save time and tuition with our three-year degree programs or study abroad at little or no extra cost.
  • 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

Justice-related careers are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, two areas with exceptional growth projections through 2020 include probation officers and correctional treatment specialists (with 18 percent estimated growth) and arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators (7 percent).

As an SNHU justice studies major, you'll cultivate both the analytical and research/writing skills you need to stand out to prospective employers. Among the skills you'll graduate with are the ability to:

  • Analyze and critique operational and public policy from social, administrative, juridical, philosophical and managerial perspectives
  • Apply legal and justice research strategies and techniques to real-world challenges
  • Develop "best practices" in various related professions
  • Understand more deeply the role that morality and ethical reasoning play in the American legal system

As you near completion of your degree, you can look forward to active career placement support.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Judicial Administration
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal traditions
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1. Complete & submit the application (including the essay & fee):

  • Apply & pay using The Common Application.

3. Submit documents to SNHU Office of Admission:

  • Your official high school transcript (or GED) SAT or ACT scores (optional).
  • SAT School code is 3649 and ACT School code is 2514.
  • One letter of recommendation from your school counselor or a teacher.
International students

1. Apply Online

2. Pay $40.00 USD Application Fee

3.SubmitOfficial Diplomas and Transcripts:

Submit originals or official copies of degrees, diplomas or certificates. Documents must include an official transcript with record of courses and grades/marks received. Transcripts should be in an envelope sealed and stamped by the issuing institution. Applicants for undergraduate programs must have the equivalent of a US High School Diploma with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale.

4. Proof of Financial Support:

Official document demonstrating the ability to cover the financial obligation of studying in the US for the first year.

5. Passport:

A color copy of current passport biography page.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • USD 30756 International
  • USD 30756 National


International Student Scholarships
  • Penmen Merit Scholarship: Available to all new students
  • Community College Transfer Scholarship: Available to students transferring from community colleges in the US.
  • SNHU Branch Campus transfer Scholarship: Available to students transferring from one of our overseas locations.
  • Young Women's Leadership Scholarship: Available to women from developing countries who exhibit strong academic and personal leadership qualities.
  • European Scholarship: Available to short-term (1 year or less) students from European schools with whom we have a partnership agreements.
  • European Transfer Scholarship: Available to students transferring into junior or senior year at SNHU from European based institutions.
  • Double Degree Merit Award: Available to students transferring from colleges or universities with whom we have special agreements with like 3+1 or 1+1 relationships.
  • Diversity Scholarship: SNHU is dedicated to providing a diverse educational experience for our student body. To make this happen, we have created the Diversity Scholarship to assist students from under-represented countries who wish to study with us. Currently, prospective undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the following countries are eligible to apply for and receive funding of up to 30% off undergraduate tuition: Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Norway, South Korea, Vietnam, Sweden and Turkey.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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