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Justice Studies - MA

This program addresses issues of justice that are not necessarily criminal in nature. It will familiarize students with legal and justice ideas, legal institutions, and the legal process. It will provide tools for a reasoned appraisal of how the law works and the policies that underlie it. The courses address a wide variety of subjects, including philosophy of law, American legal history, psychological aspects of the law, social control, criminology, juvenile delinquency, law and literature, and family law. Upon completion, graduates will be able to enhance their careers in the justice system, enter new careers in the justice system, or continue their graduate training in law, social sciences, or humanities.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: N/A
  • Spring: November 1 (only UNH undegrads applying for the accelerated masters program may apply for spring)
  • Summer: March 1 (for financial aid); March 15 (to be eligible for Assistantship positions); May 31 (final deadline; no aid)
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: Not Needed

Accelerated Masters Eligible: Yes

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

All three letters must be academic letters of recommendation.

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE required. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding: 1) reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives, and 2) your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Important Notes:

Please note that only current UNH undergrads who are in their junior or senior year, who are applying to the accelerated masters program in Justice Studies, are eligible to apply for the spring term. The accelerated masters program for Justice Studies has the following additional criteria/restrictions on those seeking to enter under the accelerated masters program:

1). Must be a UNH undergrad senior (who have completed at least 90 credits)
2). Have a minimum undergrad GPA of a 3.2
3). Must be admitted to the program before enrolling in semester classes (deadline to apply is November 1st)
4). One JS elective course can be taken during their spring semester of senior year (graduate level course - 800/900)
5). Must pass course with a B- or better
6). Must maintain a GPA of a 3.20 or better during their final undergrad semester

For additional information please contact the department. All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.