If you seriously want to become a forensic scientist in the state of New Hampshire, then you are absolutely going to need to pursue a higher education of some sort, no matter what. The majority of forensic science professionals in the state will have at least a bachelor’s degree.

While there are a very limited number of jobs that you can earn with only an associate’s degree, most people use these lower level degrees as a mere stepping stone, transferring the credits they earn to an accredited undergraduate institution. If you already have your bachelor’s degree, even if it is in an unrelated subject, you can choose to pursue a master’s degree, or if you have that, a PhD.

Most people who plan to become forensic scientists will major in forensic science, general forensic studies, computer forensics, criminal justice, or a related field. The best way to determine your own major is by researching to find the job that you want and then learning about the preferred educational backgrounds for people in your profession of interest.

From there, tailoring your education to meet your career goals will be a simple feat. Keep in mind that there are a multitude of career options in the field, and the only way to make sure you don’t miss out on the one that is the best fit for you is to familiarize yourself with all of them.

No matter what course of study or degree level you choose, you will want to make sure that you earn it from a fully accredited and reputable higher learning institution.

More than that, it should be an institution that can offer you every opportunity, such as internship opportunities, for success. The good news is that there are many fine schools to choose from in the state of New Hampshire.

Some popular options for those going into the forensic science field include Franklin Pierce University, located in Rindge, offering a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Granite State College in Concord, offering a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; and Hesser College of Manchester, with an associate’s degree program in criminal studies and a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

As you can probably already tell from the options listed above, criminal justice degrees are quite easy to come by in the state at a variety of different levels. Other schools offering general criminal justice programs include New England College at Henniker, Concord’s Community College, Plymouth State University, Rivier College of Nashua, and White Mountains Community College at Berlin. Of course, these represent just a few of your many options, both in the state and beyond.

As you may have noticed, many of the programs above are offered online. Depending upon the school and its individual policies, these courses may be offered completely online or offered partially online and partially traditional in nature. If you choose, you can earn your degree completely online from institutions based all over the world.

If you do decide to go this route, however, you will want to make absolutely certain that the school you choose is legitimate. While there are many fine online schools out there, there are also a ton of scams giving online schools a bad name. Do careful research and be very selective in order to avoid such problems.

In the end, only you are capable of deciding what the right school and program is for you, whether that includes a “popular” school or not. The important thing is that you make the best choice to help you realistically reach your career goals.