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Kelly Walsh '03 '14 M.S.

Criminal Justice Online Program
"UNH has provided me with valuable experiences and knowledge that enable me to have an edge over my competitors in the criminal justice field."

About Kelly

I am a 2003 graduate of UNH with a B.S. in criminal justice with a concentration in investigative services. I also received a certificate in forensic computer investigations. In 2003, I was hired by the Avon Police Department, and I am currently a lieutenant within the organization.

Why did you choose UNH and what attracted you to your graduate program? 

I began looking at area schools that offered master's degrees in criminal justice or business. I am more of an "in class" student, but with my work schedule it was not going to happen. I felt that if I signed up to attend classes, I would be wasting money, because I most likely wouldn't be able to get to half the classes. When I saw that UNH had an online master's degree program it was an easy decision as to where to go for my master's degree.

How have your experiences at UNH helped prepare you for your desired career path? 

UNH has provided me with valuable experiences and knowledge that enable me to have an edge over my competitors in the criminal justice field. UNH professors have extensive expertise in their fields, giving students a real-life perspective to relate to and learn from. Attending UNH has given me confidence in making management decisions in my current field, because I have the knowledge to back up my answers and decisions.

Tell us about a memorable hands-on learning experience such as a class project, applied research or an internship that you have participated in. 

As part of the program, I was required to take a "Leadership Issues in Policing" class. As part of the course, each student had to write our "last lecture." In this final paper we had to research ourselves and describe what type of leader we were, how we came to be this way and what molded us. I found this project to be insightful and eye-opening. The course material gave me a better understanding of who I wanted to be as a leader and role model. I was then able to use this information to write my last lecture. I describe the experience as eye opening; because I was able identify weaknesses and what worked for others, allowing me to become a stronger leader and better person. 

What are your post-graduation plans?

I plan to use my degree to advance in my career and become a chief of police, hopefully in Avon. I also am very much looking forward to starting a teaching career to share my knowledge and experiences with developing minds.