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Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

Admission and Registration

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In this section, you'll find details regarding the University's admission and course registration process. Please contact us at the Graduate School or at the Registrar's Office if you need further clarification. We will be happy to answer your questions regarding University procedures and policy.

Applying for Admission

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university may apply for admission to the Graduate School. Admission is both limited and competitive and is based solely upon academic qualifications and potential of the individual.

All application materials become part of the permanent records of the University of New Hampshire and will not be returned. Access to this material is limited under the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Applicants who are not admitted, or who are admitted and do not register in the Graduate School, do not have access to their application files. Materials received as part of the application process will not be duplicated for personal use by the applicant or forwarded to a third party. Materials received from applicants who do not complete their application, who are not admitted, or who are admitted and do not register are held for two years before being destroyed.

Application procedures, including deadlines and program-specific requirements, are available at the Graduate School website, http://www.gradschool.unh.edu.

 

Applicants from Foreign Countries

All applicants from non-English-speaking countries must, in addition to all of the above, provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based (213 computer-based or 80 Internet-based) is required for admission. TOEFL scores are valid for only two years. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. A financial declaration on official University forms is also required should you be admitted. A four-year baccalaureate degree is normally the minimum academic certification required for admission.

Applications from residents of foreign countries will be considered only for regular full-time admission.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for admission and financial aid vary by program. These are updated on an annual basis and may be found on the Graduate School website.

International applicants who are not currently residing in the United States will be considered for admission for the fall session only and must have their applications completed by April 1. International applicants currently residing in the United States should have their applications completed at least four months prior to the session for which they are applying.

Incomplete Applications

Applications that remain incomplete after the first day of classes of the term for which admission was desired will be placed in an inactive status. A written request is required to reactivate an application.

Application Review

Once an application is complete, it is reviewed by an admissions committee of graduate faculty members, which makes recommendations to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will review these recommendations and make the final decision. While applicants with bachelor's degrees may apply directly to certain doctoral programs, the Graduate School also reserves the right to offer applicants admission at the master's degree level in its place.

Admission Categories

Official offers of admission from the Graduate School are made for a specific term and year in one of the following categories: regular, provisional, or conditional. Applicants who are in the final year of an undergraduate or, in some cases, a graduate degree program are contingent upon the successful completion of that degree program. An official final transcript showing grades and the awarding of the degree must be received by the Graduate School before the student may enroll for the graduate program.

Regular Admission

Regular admission may be offered to applicants whose academic records and supporting documents indicate that they are fully qualified to undertake graduate study in their chosen fields.

Provisional Admission

Provisional admission may be offered to applicants whose academic records and supporting documents indicate that they are qualified to undertake graduate study, but whose undergraduate preparation was not in the intended field of graduate study. Applicants offered provisional admission must meet the specific criteria, usually undergraduate coursework, stated at the time of their admission, before being changed to regular graduate student status.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be offered to applicants whose academic records indicate deficiencies but suggest some promise of success in graduate study. Students offered conditional admission must meet the specific requirements stated at the time of their admission in order to remain in the Graduate School. Conditionally admitted students are not eligible for assistantships and scholarships offered through the Graduate School until the conditional status is removed.

Deferred Admission

Applicants who cannot enroll in the term for which admission was offered may request to have their admission deferred for up to one year. Such requests must be in writing and will be considered only once. Because enrollments are limited and competition for admission may vary from year to year, such requests may not be granted. Applicants who have received approved deferment of their admission cannot register for graduate coursework at the University during the period of deferment.

Accelerated Master's--University of New Hampshire Seniors

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 admission to the accelerated master's program. 

Such seniors are normally admitted prior to the start of their last undergraduate semester, but may be eligible to apply for admission to the first semester of their senior year. 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.

When seniors admitted to the accelerated master's program have registered for graduate courses, they must maintain a grade-point average of 3.20, complete their undergraduate degree as planned, and pass graduate courses taken for credit with a grade of B- or better. If these conditions are not met, admission is withdrawn. 

Not all graduate programs participate; each program's faculty retain discretion regarding whether their program admits students under the accelerated master's program, as well as the maximum number of graduate credits permitted (not exceeding 12; e.g., some programs will accept one course, others two). Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with the graduate coordinator in the program's faculty to discuss specifics.

Dual-credit forms must be completed and approved by the dean of the Graduate School at the beginning of the semester for which dual credit is sought. 

Additional Information

Non Degree Students
Individuals holding baccalaureate degrees may register for graduate courses through Continuing Education, or through the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester. These individuals are designated as "non degree students." Non degree students are not required to file an application for admission to the Graduate School and are not candidates for a graduate degree. Non degree students are not normally permitted to register as full-time students (i.e., 9 or more credits). Please note the policy on transfer of credits (internal and external) in academic regulations and degree requirements.

Applicants Not Admitted
Applicants who are denied admission may have their applications reconsidered only if they furnish significant additional material that was not available at the time of the original decision, such as evidence of further academic achievement or more recent and significantly improved GRE or GMAT scores. Reapplication is not encouraged.

Registration

Academic Year
Registration information and the Time and Room Schedule are available at http://unhinfo.unh.edu/registrar/timeroom/timeandroom.html.

Continuous Registration Policy
Unless a leave of absence is granted, graduate students are required to maintain continuous enrollment each semester of the academic year until their degree is formally awarded by registering for course credits, research, or continuing enrollment.

Students enrolled in summer-only programs (currently, Math M.S.T., English M.S.T., and College Teaching M.S.T.) are required to enroll in course credit or Continuing Enrollment (GRAD 800) each summer until their degree is formally awarded. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment will have their degree status discontinued and will need to petition for reinstatement or readmission in order to return to their program.

Master's Continuing Research (Grad 900--Full-time Status, 0 credits)
Master's students who have completed all course requirements and have previously registered for the maximum number of thesis or project credits and are in residence completing their master's program must register for Master's Continuing Research (Grad 900).

Continuing Enrollment (GRAD 800)
All continuing graduate students who are not enrolled for course credits, thesis credits, Doctoral Research (999), or Master's Continuing Research (GRAD 900), and are not in residence, are required to register for GRAD 800 each semester of the academic year (or each summer for students in Math M.S.T, English M.S.T programs, and College Teaching M.S.T.). Students registered for GRAD 800 are considered part-time, 0 credits.

Degree Status Discontinued
Students who do not formally withdraw and do not register and pay for course credits, research, or continuing enrollment by the appropriate registration deadline, or do not return from an approved leave of absence, will have their degree status discontinued. Students are notified by the Graduate School when this administrative action is taken and are required to apply for readmission or reinstatement if they subsequently desire to resume their academic program.

Reinstatement
Students who have their degree status discontinued for failing to maintain continuous enrollment may petition the Graduate School for reinstatement as long as the term that the degree status was discontinued has not ended. Such a petition requires a reinstatement fee, plus payment of current semester charges and any late fees that may have accrued. If the term in which the student's degree status was discontinued has ended, the student must then petition the Graduate School for readmission. Both forms can be found on the Graduate School's forms page.

Full-Time Students 
Graduate students registered for 9 or more credits, Master's Continuing Research (Grad 900), or Doctoral Research (999) are classified as full-time students. Students holding assistantship appointments are also considered full time and must register for a minimum of 6 credits, Master's Continuing Research (Grad 900), or Doctoral Research (999) each semester.

Three-Quarter-Time Students
Graduate students not on an assistantship and registered for 7 or 8 credits are classified as three-quarter-time students.

Half-Time Students
Graduate students not on an assistantship and registered for 5 or 6 credits are classified as half-time students.

Maximum Load
The maximum graduate load allowed is 16 credits (12 credits for a student on a full assistantship). Only under unusual circumstances will a student be allowed to exceed these limits, and then only with the recommendation of the student's adviser and graduate program coordinator and the approval of the dean of the Graduate School.

Dropping and Adding Courses
Graduate students may add or drop courses in accordance with the procedures and deadlines published by the Registrar's Office at www.unh.edu/registrar.

Auditing Courses
A graduate student may, with the approval of his or her adviser and the faculty member concerned, audit courses. The deadline for requesting an audit is listed on the Registrar's calendar. Subsequent requests for change to audit require a petition form and must be approved by the course faculty member, the student's adviser, graduate program coordinator, and the dean of the Graduate School.

Change of Name or Address
It is the responsibility of the student to complete a change of name or address form whenever a change is made. Change of name/address forms can be found at http://www.unh.edu/registrar/regforms/registrarforms.html. Students are also advised that their UNH e-mail address is the official means of electronic communication with UNH. Billing, registration notices, reminders, as well as the majority of correspondence from the Graduate School will be communicated through the UNH e-mail account.

Summer Session
Although many graduate-level courses are offered during the summer session, the University does not guarantee that any particular course will be offered. The availability of individual faculty members to supervise research or to participate in qualifying examinations and final examinations or defenses during the summer session varies from year to year.

Course information and registration materials may be obtained at www.learn.unh.edu.

Maximum Load
The maximum graduate load allowed is 12 credits for the entire summer session. A student will be allowed to exceed this limit only by petition with the recommendation of the student's adviser, graduate program coordinator, and the approval of the dean of the Graduate School.

Student Load for Veterans Benefits
Graduate students eligible for VA benefits during the summer receive benefits according to the following schedule of average credit registrations: 1/2 credit/week or more = full time; 3/8 credit/week or more = 3/4 time; 1/4 credit/week or more = 1/2 time; less than 1/4 credit/week = tuition and fees only.

Nonregistration

Leave of Absence
Students who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to pursue their graduate program may request a leave of absence for a maximum of one calendar year. Such circumstances may include medical reasons, military obligation, family emergencies, or hardship. The procedure for an approved leave of absence requires that students submit a request, available at www.gradschool.unh.edu/forms.html, along with appropriate documentation, prior to the term for which the leave is requested. The dean of the Graduate School, upon recommendation of the student's adviser and graduate program coordinator, will review the request. If the request for a leave is granted, the time limit for completion of the student's program will be extended appropriately. Students on an approved leave of absence are exempt from paying the continuing enrollment fee. Graduate students who do not return from a leave of absence in the allotted time frame will have their degree status discontinued.

Withdrawal
A student may withdraw from the Graduate School during any semester by obtaining a withdrawal form from the Graduate School. This form should be signed by the student's adviser and the dean of the Graduate School. Students who formally withdraw are required to apply for readmission if they subsequently desire to resume their academic program. Students who are applying for readmission are required to pay an application fee plus, if readmitted, any accumulated continuing enrollment fees for the period during which they have been inactive. Students are not guaranteed readmission and may be evaluated in competition with current applicants to the program.

Administrative Separation for Reasons of Health-Related Behaviors
The dean of students, or the associate dean of the Graduate School, or designee, in consultation with Health Services, and/or Counseling Center, Disability Student Services, Behavioral Intervention Team, and Affirmative Action and Equity Office (ADA Compliance) may temporarily separate a student for reasons relating to seriously impaired mental/physical health when such student's health-related behaviors (1) pose a significant risk of substantial harm to health, safety, or property of him or herself or other members of the University community, (2) and/or when the student's health-related behaviors significantly disrupt the ability of other University community members to fulfill the University's mission.

Examples of such behaviors include but are not limited to (a) continuing disruptive behaviors after being told by a University official to stop, (b) behaviors that indicate the student may be out of touch with reality or unaware of the consequences or effects of his or her behaviors, and (c) threat of or harm to self or others.

Administrative withdrawal is not intended to be a substitute for other procedures as found in the Code of Conduct or Academic Policies. Such action may not be used as a means of excluding qualified students with disabilities. The dean of students or associate dean of the Graduate School or designee shall provide the student with a written statement of reasons for the temporary separation and invite the student to meet.

The purpose of this meeting shall be to provide the student with an opportunity to challenge the separation and request reconsideration. The dean of students or associate dean of the Graduate School or designee may require documentation of readiness to return from a licensed attending medical authority and/or licensed psychologist, and consult with the appropriate University official(s) before lifting the separation. The student may be accompanied at the meeting by a member of the University community.

The student must schedule a meeting within ten (10) calendar days of receiving the written statement. If the student fails to request a meeting with the dean of students or associate dean of the Graduate School within ten (10) calendar days of beginning the temporary separation, or if the temporary separation is upheld either at the meeting and the student fails to appeal, or upheld upon appeal, the temporary separation shall be changed to an administrative withdrawal.

Within three (3) calendar days of the conclusion of this meeting the dean of students or associate dean of the Graduate School shall send a letter to the student, informing him/her of the outcome. The student may appeal the determination to the vice president for student and academic services, the dean of the Graduate School, or his/her designee. The appeal request must be received by the vice president for student and academic services by no later than five (5) calendar days after the student receives the letter from the dean of students or associate dean of the Graduate School.

Students who withdraw for health reasons, whether voluntarily or are separated by administrative action, must apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School. Readmission shall be contingent upon receipt by the appropriate director(s) or their agents, of documentation regarding readiness to return from a licensed attending medical authority, and/or licensed psychologist; to the extent the withdrawal was for a condition that requires ongoing treatment, readmission may also be contingent upon documentation of the prescribed treatment course and the plan for implementation thereof. Readmission may also include a personal interview with either the vice president or dean of the Graduate School or his/her designee.

For graduate students, the dean of the Graduate School will make the final decision based on the information received, in consultation with the appropriate University official(s). (University Senate, April 26, 1976, updated by the dean of students, June 2009.)

Readmission
Students who withdraw, who have their degree status discontinued, or whose time limit has expired and subsequently desire to resume their academic program, are required to apply for readmission. Readmission forms are available at www.gradschool.unh.edu/forms.html. Students who are applying for readmission are required to pay an application fee plus, if readmitted, any accumulated continuing enrollment fees for the period during which they have been inactive. Students are not guaranteed readmission and may be evaluated in competition with current applicants to the program.

Change in Degree
Students who wish to pursue a degree program other than the one for which admission was originally granted must complete the appropriate application for a change in degree. This includes students enrolled in UNH master's programs who intend to pursue the Ph.D. in the same department in which they were admitted for the master's degree. These forms are available at www.gradschool.unh.edu/forms.html. The dean of the Graduate School will notify the student of the decision after consulting with the appropriate departments.