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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements


« Master's Degree Requirements



A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required for all master's degrees. Many programs require substantially more than the minimum 30 credits. Individual program requirements are outlined in the program descriptions of this catalog. Graduate credits are normally earned in courses numbered 800-999. Up to 12 credits earned in courses numbered 700-799 may be taken for graduate credit by master's degree students provided the courses are approved by the dean of the Graduate School and given in a department other than the one in which the degree is sought.


A student will normally spend at least one calendar year, or the equivalent, in satisfying the requirements for the degree.

Capstone Experience

The most appropriate capstone experience(s) for each program is determined by the faculty of each program. Such experiences may include a single integrative course, a performance, an internship or praxis, a portfolio, a scholarly paper or essay, an examination, a research problem, a research project, or a research thesis, and are subject to approval of the dean of the Graduate School. All master’s degrees at UNH must include a capstone experience.

Capstone – Non-thesis Option

Requirements for non-thesis capstone experiences must be clearly articulated by each program. Capstone experiences, with the exception of capstone courses, must be approved by a committee of at least two faculty members in the student's program and approved by the graduate program coordinator. All capstone experiences must be completed by the end of the final examination period of the graduation date for which the degree is to be conferred.

Capstone-Thesis Option

Students who are in a thesis program are required to conduct research and prepare a scholarly paper under the guidance of a faculty committee for submission to the Graduate School. Guidelines on the purpose, framework, and process for the thesis should be clearly articulated by each program. Students writing a thesis should obtain a copy of the Thesis and Dissertation Manual from the Graduate School website at Students in thesis programs may also be required to pass a final examination. The regulations concerning this exam are the same as those in the non-thesis option. The thesis committee will normally also serve as the examining committee.

Thesis Credit

During their degree program, a student completing a thesis must enroll in 6-10 thesis (899) credits.  Students are not eligible to receive credit for any more than 10 thesis credtis. The exact number of thesis credits that are required for each degree will be determined by the faculty of the individual programs. No thesis credit shall be given until the completed thesis has been approved by the thesis committee and accepted by the Graduate School. Satisfactory acceptance of the thesis will be recorded as a credit (CR).

Thesis Committee

A master's thesis must be approved by a committee composed of a regular member of the graduate faculty under whose direction it was written and two other members of the graduate faculty nominated by the department chairperson or graduate program coordinator and appointed by the dean of the Graduate School.

Submission of Thesis

The final approved thesis must be submitted for publication by ProQuest via the UNH ETD Administrator website by the appropriate deadline as published in the Graduate School calendar.  Bound copies are available for purchase through ProQuest at the time of submission.  Students should check with their department to determine if a bound copy is required.  Students may choose to copyright their thesis at the time of publication.  All fees are to be paid by the student at the time of submission.

Time Limit

All graduate work for any master's degree must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation (enrollment following admission) in the program. Progress toward the degree will be carefully monitored by the adviser and the Graduate School to ensure that adequate advancement is made toward the completion of the program and that any deficiencies noted at the time of admission are removed.