Graduate Course Catalog 2015-2016
Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements
It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with the academic regulations and degree requirements of the Graduate School as well as the special requirements of his or her own academic program. The general requirements of the Graduate School are found in the catalog. Individual program requirements may be found in the catalog or obtained from the respective department.
Academic honesty is a core value at the University of New Hampshire. The members of its academic community both require and expect one another to conduct themselves with integrity. This means that each member will adhere to the principles and rules of the University and pursue academic work in a straightforward and truthful manner, free from deception or fraud. The academic honesty policy can be found in the Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities handbook.
Graduate credits may be earned in courses numbered from 800 through 999, or under limited circumstances in courses numbered at the 700 level.
The faculty of each graduate program prescribes the courses that make up the degree program. In addition, the Graduate School has general requirements for master's and doctoral degree programs.
800- and 900-Level Courses
These courses are offered for graduate credit only and therefore are open only to admitted graduate students or nondegree students with a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Courses at the 800 level may be colisted and cotaught with advanced-level undergraduate courses.
These are advanced undergraduate courses. Graduate credit will not be given for any courses that have freshmen or sophomores enrolled. The Graduate School monitors those advanced-level undergraduate courses that are colisted and cotaught with 800-level graduate courses to ensure that only advanced-level undergraduates are enrolled. Up to 12 credits earned in 700-level courses may be petitioned for graduate credit by a graduate degree student, provided the credits are taken in a program other than the one in which the student is seeking the degree and provided such courses are approved by the student's adviser, graduate program coordinator, and the dean of the Graduate School. Such courses must be taken for a letter grade. Petition forms are available at http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/fp.php.
Letter grades: The following grades are used at the University: A (4.0), A- (3.67), B+ (3.33), B (3.0), B- (2.67), C+ (2.33), C (2.0), C- (1.67), D+ (1.33), D (1.0), D- (.67), F (0). Graduate credit is only granted for courses completed with a grade of B- or higher. Individual programs may have stricter requirements, and those are published with their degree program requirements.
AF Grades: An "AF" grade, Administrative F, is assigned for failure to either drop or complete a course. An "AF" is considered the same as an "F."
Credit/Fail Grades: A "CR" grade is assigned for complete, approved theses and dissertations, as well as other approved courses and seminars.
Pass/Fail Grades: Graduate courses cannot be taken pass/fail. A graduate student may petition to take undergraduate courses on a pass/fail basis. Such a petition must be approved by the end of the add period for the term the course is taken. A grade of "C" is the minimum grade in order to receive a "P." Courses at the 700-level approved for graduate credit cannot be taken for pass/fail.
Audit Grades: An "AU" grade is assigned for completion of courses for which an audit was granted. No credit is earned.
Incomplete Grades: An "IC" grade is assigned with the approval of the instructor for excused unfinished work only. The work must be completed and submitted to the instructor by the date agreed upon with the instructor, but not later than the last day of classes of the semester immediately following the one in which the incomplete was granted (800- and 900-level courses only; midsemester deadline for 400-, 500-, 600-, and 700-level courses). If extraordinary circumstances arise, a petition requesting additional time may be submitted. The petition, listing a specific deadline for completion, must be approved by the instructor, the student's adviser, and graduate program coordinator before being submitted to the Graduate School. An extension will be granted by the dean only under unusual circumstances and will usually not exceed one calendar year from the end of the semester in which the course was originally taken. An incomplete grade becomes an "F" if not resolved or if a petition for an extension is not approved within the allotted time period. This policy also applies to students who withdraw from the University or who are on an approved leave of absence.
IA Grades: An "IA" grade is assigned for approved continuing courses such as thesis or doctoral research and remains on the record until the course requirements are completed. In the case of doctoral research, the "IA" grades remain on the official transcript for all semesters prior to the completion of the degree. The "IA" grade for the final term of enrollment will be changed to "CR" to signify successful completion of the dissertation.
W Grades: If a student withdraws from school or drops a course prior to the fifth Friday of the semester, the course(s) will not appear on the student's permanent record. If a student withdraws from school or, for compelling nonacademic reasons, submits an approved petition to drop a course after the fifth Friday of the semester, a notation of "W" will be shown on the student's academic record. If the withdrawal or drop is after the midpoint in the class, a grade of "WP" or "WF" is shown on the record. A "WF" is considered a failing grade and will calculate into the GPA as such. Deadlines for courses scheduled for any time period other than a full semester are apportioned at the same rate as semester courses. The actual dates are determined on a term-by-term basis.
Appeals: Every instructor must be prepared to discuss and explain the basis for her or his evaluation of students. If, after consulting the instructor, a student still believes that he or she was treated unfairly, he or she has the right to seek redress from the chairperson of the department or program in which the course is offered. Under exceptional circumstances, a final appeal may be made to the dean of the college or school in which the program is offered.
Repeated courses: Repeating a course does not remove the original course or grade from the record. If the course numbers and/or titles do not match exactly, graduate students must obtain written permission of their adviser, graduate program coordinator, and the endorsement of the Graduate School dean before the adjustment will be made. Only the most recent grade is included in the cumulative grade-point average; only the most recent credit, if any, is included in the cumulative credits earned. A course may only be repeated once. Only repeated courses taken at UNH will alter the cumulative grade-point average.
UNH Credit Hour Policy
The University of New Hampshire is in compliance with the federal definition of credit hour. For each credit hour, the University requires, at a minimum, the equivalent of three hours of student academic work each week. Academic work includes, but is not limited to, direct faculty instruction, e-learning, recitation, laboratory work, studio work, fieldwork, performance, internships, and practica. Additional academic activities include, but are not limited to, readings, reflections, essays, reports, inquiry, problem solving, rehearsal, collaborations, theses, and electronic interactions. Student work reflects intended learning outcomes and is verified through evidence of student achievement.
Graduate students receiving grades below "B-" in 9 or more credits, including undergraduate courses taken while a graduate student, will be dismissed from the Graduate School.*
Graduate students enrolled under the accelerated master's program receiving any grade below "B-" in a graduate course while in dual status can be dismissed and have their admission to the Graduate School withdrawn.
Graduate students will have a maximum of two opportunities to successfully complete final examinations for the master's or Ed.S. degree.
Doctoral students will have a maximum of two opportunities to successfully complete qualifying or final examinations for the Ph.D. degree.
Graduate students admitted on a conditional or provisional basis must meet the conditions or provisions as stated in the letter of admission in order to remain in the Graduate School.
Graduate students MUST have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to graduate.
* Each individual program may set and announce standards for coursework, examinations, and/or research achievement that are more rigorous than the Graduate School standard. Thus, students may be dismissed if they accumulate less than 9 credits of grades below the "B-" level, and/or fail to make adequate progress in other aspects of their graduate program.
Dismissal for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress
Policy and Appeals Procedure for Graduate Students Dismissed for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress or Professional, Ethical, or Behavioral Misconduct
The process by which a student can be dismissed for violations of academic standards or violations of professional, ethical, and/or behavioral expectations of the program is outlined below along with the process by which such decisions can be appealed.
Dismissal for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress
(Note: This procedure is not available to graduate students who have received failing grades in 9 or more credits.)
A department chairperson or a graduate program coordinator, upon the recommendation of the appropriate faculty committee, may recommend dismissal for a student who is failing to make satisfactory academic progress in their program. This recommendation shall be forwarded in writing to the associate dean of the Graduate School with a copy to the affected student. The associate dean of the Graduate School will act on the faculty recommendation and inform the student and the graduate program coordinator or department chair of the action taken. A student disagreeing with the action taken should make every effort to resolve the situation through informal discussions with the individuals involved in the decision. If the recommendation to dismiss is changed at this point, the associate dean will be notified and after review will notify the student of the decision. If the decision to dismiss stands, a student wishing to enter a formal appeal shall follow the procedure outlined below. A student who has been dismissed for failure to make satisfactory academic progress may, with the permission of the dean of the Graduate School, enroll as a special student in courses in his/her program pending a final decision on the appeal.
Dismissal for Professional, Ethical, or Behavioral Misconduct
Graduate students shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the norms and practices of their program and/or discipline.
A department chairperson or graduate program coordinator, upon the recommendation of the appropriate faculty committee at the department/program level, may recommend dismissal for a student who is failing to meet the professional, ethical, and behavioral expectations of the program or otherwise fails to act in ways that are consistent with the norms and standards of the profession or discipline. This recommendation shall be forwarded in writing to the associate dean of the Graduate School with a copy to the affected student. The associate dean of the Graduate School shall act on the faculty recommendation and inform the student and the graduate program coordinator or department chair of the action taken. A student disagreeing with the action taken should make every effort to resolve the situation through informal discussions with the individuals involved in the decision. If the recommendation to dismiss is changed at this point, the associate dean will be notified and after review will notify the student of the decision. If the decision to dismiss stands, a student wishing to enter a formal appeal shall follow the procedure outlined below. A student who has been dismissed for professional, ethical, or behavioral misconduct may, with the permission of the dean of the Graduate School, enroll as a special student in courses in his/her program pending a final decision on the appeal.
Appeals Process for Graduate Students Dismissed for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress or Professional, Ethical, or Behavioral Misconduct
Step 1: The student shall request that the faculty member or committee making the original recommendation reconsider their decision, generally within 10 working days after the receipt of the official decision from the Graduate School. The student's request shall be written and shall contain any information which the student feels warrants a reconsideration of the decision. A copy of the request shall be sent to the dean of the Graduate School. As soon as possible after receiving this request, the faculty member or committee group will reconsider their decision and notify the student and the dean of the Graduate School of the result of their deliberations in writing. If the original recommendation is reversed at Step 1, the associate dean will review the new material and act on the recommendation and inform all parties involved.
Step 2: If the student is not satisfied with the decision reached in Step 1, they may request that the chairperson of the appropriate department or program convene a meeting of all graduate faculty members in the department or program to review the decision. The student's request shall be in writing, and a copy shall be sent to the dean of the Graduate School. After the meeting, the chairperson will provide the student and the dean of the Graduate School with written notification of the decision of the faculty. If the recommendation to dismiss is reversed by the graduate faculty, the associate dean will again review the case, act on the recommendation and inform all parties involved.
Step 3: If the student is dissatisfied with the decision reached in Step 2, they may request that the dean of the Graduate School review the decision. The student must request such a review in writing and stipulate the reasons for dissatisfaction with the decisions reached in the earlier steps in the review procedure. Within a reasonable period of time, the dean of the Graduate School will hold separate meetings with the student and the appropriate faculty and the associate dean to discuss the case. After these meetings and after reviewing any other information deemed appropriate, the dean of the Graduate School will inform the college dean about the appeal process to date. In consultation with the Graduate Council, the dean of the Graduate School will then arrive at a final decision, which will be communicated in writing to the student, the department or program faculty, and the college dean.
In Steps 1 and 2, the student may, at the discretion of the faculty body involved in hearing the appeal, be present to state their case during the review of the appeal. A member of the University community may appear with the student, as an adviser, before the dean of the Graduate School and before any faculty meeting, which the student is permitted to attend. An adviser may be present, but may not directly participate, in any of these proceedings. Students shall not be present during deliberations.
Approved by the Graduate Council, April 6th, 2010.
Transfer of Credits
A maximum of 12 credits taken by a student prior to matriculation (internal and external combined) can be applied to a degree program.
External to UNH
Students may request that a maximum of two courses, for up to 8 semester credit hours of graduate level coursework from an accredited institution authorized to grant graduate degrees, be transferred to count toward their graduate program. Courses must be at the graduate level and cannot have been used or be in the process of being used in earning another graduate degree or have been taken while completing a bachelor's degree. A grade of B or better must have been earned. Transfer of credits must be recommended by the program faculty and approved by the dean of the Graduate School. Students taking courses at another university for transfer after enrolling at UNH should obtain approval of their adviser and the graduate dean prior to enrolling in the course.
Internal to UNH
A maximum of 12 credits completed by a nondegree student in UNH graduate courses (800 or 900 level) at UNH or UNHM may, upon approval of the dean of the Graduate School, be applied to a student's degree program. Each program's faculty retain discretion regarding the maximum number of graduate credits that will be recommended for approval (not exceeding 12).
Continuing Education Units
The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during professional development and training activities. Ten hours of instruction = 1.0 CEU. One hour of instruction = 0.1 CEU. CEUs are not transferable as graduate credit.
Master's Degree Requirements
» Capstone Experience
» Capstone – Non-thesis Option
» Capstone-Thesis Option
» Thesis Credit
» Thesis Committee
» Submission of Thesis
» Time Limit
The Graduate School allows UNH students to pursue two degrees at UNH and count credits toward both degrees under the circumstances detailed below. Such credit will be granted only for graded coursework completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. Application of such credit toward a student's program for a second degree is subject to departmental recommendation and approval by the Graduate School. Dual degrees should be interpreted to include separate majors within the same degree, or a combination of two different degrees. Students will receive separate diplomas for each degree program. Note: No dual degrees will be awarded retroactively.
1. Accelerated Master's. Qualified senior students at the University of New Hampshire may be admitted to the Graduate School provided they have followed normal application procedures; they must have been admitted for the semester in which they wish to enroll in courses for graduate credit. A 3.20 cumulative grade point average is normally required to be considered for early admission. Such seniors are normally admitted prior to the start of their last undergraduate semester. Seniors who have been admitted under early admission may register for a maximum of 12 credits of graduate-level courses prior to completing their bachelor's degree. Such courses may, upon recommendation of the department and approval of the Graduate School, count toward both a bachelor's and master's degree.
2. Consecutive Master's Degrees. Enrollment in consecutive master's degrees refers to admission and matriculation in a second master's degree program at the University of New Hampshire after the completion of the requirements for a first master's degree earned at the University of New Hampshire. A student may apply up to 12 credits earned in the first master's degree awarded at the University of New Hampshire toward a second master's degree with approval of the student's graduate advisory committee and/or graduate program coordinator in the second master's program. Thesis or research credits from the first program may not be counted toward the requirements of the second program.
3. Concurrent Dual Degrees. Enrollment in concurrent dual degrees occurs when a student is admitted to and matriculated in two graduate degree programs at the University of New Hampshire simultaneously. A student may pursue concurrent degrees only with approval of the appropriate graduate program coordinator(s) and the dean of the Graduate School. With approval of the student's graduate advisory committee(s) and/or the graduate program coordinator(s), a student may apply up to 12 University of New Hampshire credits earned in one master's degree toward the requirements for a second master's degree. A student must complete the capstone requirements for both programs. Completion of degree requirements for the two programs need not be at the same time.
4. Integrated Dual Degrees. Integrated dual degrees occurs when two graduate programs have formalized a program of study which creates an integrated program linking the two disciplines, while continuing to award separate degrees. Students must be admitted to both programs and complete the requirements for both degrees. Integrated dual degree programs may include a single admissions process, submission of a single thesis or capstone experience, and a single advisory committee composed of members from both programs. The number of required credit hours for integrated dual degrees must not be less than 80 percent of the total minimum hours required to complete each degree separately. Integrated dual degree programs must be approved by the Graduate Council and the dean of the Graduate School.
All standard policies relating to time to degree, residency requirements, academic standards, and minimum GPA required to graduate apply to any dual-degree arrangement.
If the student withdraws from one of the participating programs, the dual-degree arrangement is automatically nullified.
If a student's tuition is funded by one or more units, it is up to the funding unit to decide if tuition may cover courses taken solely for completion of the second program.
Educational Specialist Degree
Requirements for completion of the educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) are found under the program descriptions of the Department of Education. A student can petition to count a maximum of 12 credits, not previously applied to a degree program and taken prior to admission to the Ed.S., toward a Ed.S. program.
All graduate work for the Ed.S. must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation (enrollment after admission) in the program.
Doctoral Degree Requirements
The degree of doctor of philosophy is conferred on qualified candidates who have passed an oral or written examination(s) on the subject matter of their field of study, who have completed an original investigation in this field and have embodied the results in an acceptable dissertation, and who have passed an oral examination in defense of the dissertation. The degree of doctor of philosophy is essentially a research degree.
The degree of doctor of nursing practice is a practice based doctorate that prepares nurses for the highest level of specialized nursing practice. DNP graduates are prepared to translate evidence into practice, improve systems of care, and measure health outcomes in diverse settings. Graduates of the DNP program are prepared for culturally competent, evidence-based, system-based care, interprofessional collaboration and leadership. DNP graduates are distinguished by their abilities to:
- Affect practice
- Design and implement programs that improve health and healthcare delivery
- Apply data management and informatics skills to evaluate programs, outcomes, and care systems
- Influence health policy
Responsible Conduct of Research
As a land-grant institution, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is accountable to New Hampshire residents and to the University community to ensure the ethical and safe conduct of research and scholarly activity. As an institution of higher education that prides itself on extensive research endeavors and the involvement of undergraduates and graduate students in research projects, UNH has an obligation to teach and actively promote integrity in research and scholarship.
To fulfill its obligations, UNH has embarked on a program on the responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity (RCR) to:
- Raise the consciousness of faculty, staff, and students regarding the ethical and responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity;
- Establish a knowledge base that defines normative and/or professional behavior to assist faculty, staff, and students in making ethical and responsible decisions in the conduct of research and scholarly activity; and
- Foster an institutional culture of integrity in research and scholarly activity.
To support these efforts, the Graduate Council has mandated that all incoming Ph.D. students complete RCR training approved by the Graduate School by the end of their first semester. For more information, visit the RCR website.
» Doctoral Research (999)
» Guidance Committee
» Qualifying Examination
» Language/Research Proficiency
» Degree Candidacy
» Doctoral Committee
» Time Limit
» Final Defense
» Submission of Dissertation
Graduation occurs three times a year in September, December, and May. All students MUST file an intent-to-graduate form by the appropriate deadline specified on the Graduate School calendar. Students must file this form online through the MyUNH website. More information on this process is available on the Graduate School’s website at http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/graduation.php.
All coursework completed prior to the official conferral of the degree will be applied only to that degree program. Graduate students MUST have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to graduate.
The annual commencement ceremony is held in May. Students who have completed their degree requirements in the preceding September and December are invited to participate in commencement ceremonies in May.
Master's and Ed.S. students who expect to complete their degree program in May, as well as those who expect to complete their programs at the end of the summer term following the commencement ceremony (September), are eligible to participate in May commencement. Students who file their intent-to-graduate online for either May or September by the last deadline for filing for May will be listed in the commencement book.
To participate in the May ceremony, doctoral students must have completed all requirements for the degree by the published deadlines. Only those candidates who have completed their program are listed in the commencement book.
Both Master's and Doctoral students who intend to participate in the May ceremony must register to attend through the Commencement Office.
For more information on how to register for commencement go to www.unh.edu/presidentialevents/commencement.