Division of Continuing Education
William F. Murphy, Dean
The Division of Continuing Education provides access to higher education
residents of New Hampshire and surrounding areas. Whether individuals
are pursuing college study for academic, professional, or personal enrichment,
UNH Continuing Education courses and programs enable them to participate
in University programs appropriate to their changing educational needs.
These needs may at times be best satisfied through participation in workshops,
seminars, short courses, or certificate programs—at other times
by enrollment in credit courses and degree programs.
The faculty of the Division of Continuing Education is drawn from the
teaching staffs of the University and from experts in business, industry,
and the community.
In addition to the programs listed below, it is possible to complete many
of the degree requirements in other areas of study offered by the University
through enrollment in credit courses scheduled by the Division of Continuing
Education each semester and during the summer.
Associate in Arts Degree
The associate in arts degree gives students an opportunity to obtain
a general, two-year college education and to elect coursework in several
career-related fields. The program is particularly suited to adults who
are returning to the University after an interruption in their studies,
who wish to be either full- or part-time degree students, and who need
some time to establish their academic goals.
A wide range of University credit courses is available during both the
daytime and the early evening hours.
Within the A.A. program, students have the opportunity to complete concentrations
in a broad range of subjects offered by all of the schools and colleges
or to take courses in several fields of study to explore a major, or they
may elect to concentrate in computer/information systems applications
or pre-engineering and physical sciences.
The degree can be complete in itself or it can be a halfway mark toward
a bachelor’s degree. Credits earned as an A.A. degree candidate
are transferable into related baccalaureate programs at UNH and other
colleges and universities.
For the associate in arts degree program, candidates must have a high
school diploma or an equivalency certificate and should have demonstrated
ability and motivation through academic achievement, work experience,
and/or military service. Associate in arts degree candidates are not guaranteed
housing but are encouraged to contact the Department of Housing, (603)
862-2120, to explore possibilities.
Graduates of associate in arts programs are usually awarded a minimum
of 64 credits upon entry into a UNH bachelor’s degree program. Degree
candidates wishing to continue their studies should consult with their
advisers to ensure that their planned programs meet the specific requirements
for the selected major at the institution awarding the bachelor’s
The associate in arts degree program is offered on a full-time and a part-time
basis. Students interested in the A.A. degree program should obtain the
application form from the UNH Admissions Office or from the Division of
For degree requirements, see Academic
It is possible to earn a concentration in an area of study while enrolled
in the Associate in Arts Degree Program. A concentration consists of 20
credits and is identical to a minor currently offered at UNH. Students
are responsible for obtaining a list of courses needed for the minor from
the department and following that curriculum. After graduation, the concentration
will appear on the student’s UNH transcript.
Pre-Engineering and Physical Sciences
Adults who desire a University degree in engineering or the physical
sciences may enroll on a full- or part-time basis through the associate
in arts degree program.
This program satisfies first-year course requirements of most B.S. programs
in engineering and physical sciences. For further information, see separate
Required courses: MATH 425-426; PHYS 407-408; CHEM 403-404.
Academic Regulations and Pass/Fail
Associate in arts degree candidates are subject to the academic requirements
established by the University for all students.
Associate in arts degree candidates, after completion of a minimum of
16 credits at UNH on a regular graded basis of A to F, may use the pass/fail
grading alternative in a maximum of two elective 4-credit courses. The
pass/fail grading alternative may be used for a maximum of 4 credits per
semester. No pass/fail grading alternative may be used in fulfillment
of University general education requirements or for courses in students’
declared career concentrations. The minimum passing grade for credit is
a D– (0.67).
Program planning and other advising services are provided by the professional
staff of the Division of Continuing Education. Academic advisers are available
on an appointment basis, call (603) 862-1548.
Associate in arts degree candidates are eligible for the full range of
financial aid offered by the University. See the Financial Aid section
of this catalog.
Special Student Status
S pecial students—those who are not formally admitted into a degree
program at the University of New Hampshire—may enroll in University
credit courses each semester through the Division of Continuing Education.
All special undergraduate students are limited to 11 credits per term
unless they obtain written permission from the director of admissions,
Grant House. Special graduate students are also subject to enrollment
limitations. Contact the Division of Continuing Education for details.
Special students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and
be at least 18 years of age.
Special students must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from
a regionally accredited college or university.
All students are responsible for satisfying course prerequisites, if
any. Instructors may require students to withdraw from a course if they
are not adequately prepared for the level of work.
A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 (C grade) is the minimum acceptable
level for undergraduate work in the University. The records of special
undergraduate students are examined periodically; academically deficient
or potentially deficient students may be warned or excluded.
Noncredit Courses and Workshops
Throughout the year, the Division of Continuing Education offers a wide
range of noncredit courses, seminars, and workshops to the community.
These offerings provide opportunities for personal growth or professional
continuing education in business, industry, teaching and education, government,
or the professions.
Professional seminars typically meet for one or two days while courses
meet in the evenings, one night a week. Topics are offered in management
and supervision, computers, graphic arts, teaching, and human resources,
engineering and manufacturing, nonprofit management, health and human
services, and many more.
Personal enrichment courses are offered during the day and evening, during
the week, and on weekends. Examples include physical fitness and recreation,
parent-child communication, arts and crafts, local history, current events,
personal financial planning, creative writing, and photography.
Noncredit Certificate Programs
Certificate programs consist of specifically developed sequences of courses
or workshops that provide a sound balance of theory, fundamentals, practical
skills, and specialized training. Certificates of achievement awarded
by the Division of Continuing Education have earned professional acceptance
as evidence of increased knowledge in basic principles and techniques.
Noncredit certificate programs include graphic arts, computer applications,
human resources management, supervisory training, desktop publishing,
CAD, Web site design, workplace safety, and train the trainer.
Institutes and Conferences
The Division of Continuing Education also conducts and arranges conferences
and institutes, which range from half-day briefings on specific topics
to residential programs lasting several days or weeks. Such programs are
offered on topics of professional, managerial, or technical interest,
or current issues of concern in business, industry, and the professions.
The Division of Continuing Education uses the facilities of the entire
University campus for its programs, including the New England Center,
the extension centers at Pease International Tradeport and in Manchester,
and nearby commercial establishments.
Students who enroll in credit courses through the Division of Continuing
Education pay on a per-credit basis, depending on course level. These
course charges are listed in the Division of Continuing Education Catalog
published before each semester. The course charges for noncredit courses
and for conferences, workshops, and institutes vary according to the scope
of the individual programs.
While students may enroll in morning and afternoon classes through the
Division of Continuing Education, many courses offered each semester are
scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate working
All courses offered by the University each semester are open to special
students on a space-available basis.
For More Information
For further information about programs or services, course offerings,
registration procedures, and academic requirements, call or write the
Division of Continuing Education, University of New Hampshire, Brook House,
24 Rosemary Lane, Durham, NH 03824-3529, (603) 862-4234; e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org;
or visit the Web site at www.learn.unh.edu.
Students may also register for courses on the Web using a credit card.