The 30-credit program — the first in the Northeast — will offer both online and on-ground courses and will have concentrations in criminal investigations, financial crime investigations and computer forensic investigations.
“The new program will build on our strengths in criminal justice and forensic science and prepare students for careers as investigators and advance practitioners in their careers in both public and private organizations,” said Mario Gaboury, dean of the Lee College. “This program will deliver a highly targeted educational experience in fields that are in high demand.”
The program will cater to students already employed in law enforcement, insurance, regulatory agencies, claims and complaints departments and homeland security.
It will be part of the Lee College’s School of Public Service and will provide graduates who can assist the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission, Central Intelligence Agency and the Internal Revenue Service with investigations into white-collar crime, terrorism, security fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, computer crime, government corruption and tax evasion.
“UNH has a long history of providing specialized graduate education,” said William Norton, associate dean of the Lee College and head of the School of Public Service. “Students will be able to help root out fraud and quantify damages. Unfortunately, these crimes are growing, and investigators are in demand.”