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UNH to Offer Criminal Justice Ph.D.

Julie Winkel

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Burgeoning Field Of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Needs More Doctoral-Level Researchers and Faculty

West Haven, Conn — The University of New Haven (UNH) Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences has announced that it will offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice degree program beginning in the fall of 2010.

Criminal justice is a rapidly growing area of demand, with fewer than 50 institutions in the United States offering a doctoral degree in criminology or criminal justice. The Henry C. Lee College is already one of the largest providers of graduate education among specialized colleges of criminal justice in the U.S., so it is expected to quickly draw both full-time traditional graduate students and part-time professionals into the Ph.D. program.

The Criminal Justice doctoral program will be administered by Richard Ward, dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Ward says that the program is designed to produce graduates with a thorough understanding of crime and the administration of justice. Additionally, the program is structured to facilitate the development of the intellectual and scientific skills necessary to conduct leading-edge research, and synthesize knowledge and research findings. “In summary,” says Ward, “The UNH criminal justice Ph.D. will provide the nation and State of Connecticut with doctoral-level education that will benefit other institutions of higher learning and the numerous agencies concerned with criminal justice, homeland security, and public-safety operations.”

All UNH Criminal Justice Doctoral Program students will be required to demonstrate a mastery of the core theories that form the basis of the study of crime and justice. In addition, the program will require students to demonstrate a mastery of an area of specialization, such as investigative science, law and public policy; criminal behavior or policing.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven is experiencing a historic and nationally recognized surge in enrollment. Founded in 1920, the University provides its students with a unique combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. UNH is a private university with an 80-acre main campus. The University has an enrollment of more than 5,200; approximately 1,700 graduate students and more than 3,500 undergraduates, 70 percent of whom reside in University housing.  The University offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees and more than 25 graduate degrees through its five colleges, in fields such as sports management, nutrition, forensic science, music and sound recording, engineering, computer science and criminal justice. University College at UNH develops programs and courses to meet the emerging educational and training needs of educators, businesses and public and social agencies, focusing on academic excellence, convenience and flexibility. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.

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