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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

Graduate School


Dean: Harry J. Richards


The Graduate School offers a wide range of programs leading to the master’s degree, one program leading to education specialist (Ed.S.), and a number of programs leading to the Ph.D. degree. Graduate programs have been developed systematically to achieve academic excellence by careful utilization of institutional resources and regional opportunities. A highly qualified graduate faculty supervises programs and establishes the requirements for admission and degrees, which are administered by the dean of the Graduate School. The Graduate School extends its programs to central and southern New Hampshire through the UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus, offering a number of part-time professional master’s programs.


Persons holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and wishing to take graduate-level courses at the University of New Hampshire as part of a graduate degree program must apply for admission to the Graduate School. Admission to the Graduate School is both limited and competitive and is based solely upon academic qualifications and potential.

Applications for admission and the Graduate Catalog, containing detailed descriptions of graduate programs, may be obtained online at the Graduate School website,

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 the Accelerated Master’s program 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 allow for only 4 graduate credits during Senior year). 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.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships are available in most departments. These involve part-time work in connection with the University’s instructional or research activities. University awards, such as tuition scholarships, are also available to qualified students. Assistantships and scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic qualifications.

Financial assistance in the form of college work study and loans may be available through the Financial Aid Office.


UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus

The UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus offers a wide range of post-baccalaureate programs for professionals in business, education, social services, health care, government, and related fields. All graduate programs supported by the center are directed by UNH faculty and are administered by the UNH Graduate School. Currently, master’s degree or other post-baccalaureate courses and programs are offered at UNH Manchester in business administration, counseling, educational administration, teacher education, public administration, public health, social work, management of technology, and software systems engineering.

Professional Development and Training
Professional Development and Training, part of the UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus, serves individuals, businesses, and organizations in New Hampshire and surrounding regions by offering a wide range of professional development opportunities throughout the year, including one-day seminars, special institutes and conferences, and short-term Certificate Programs.

Programs are designed to assist professionals in developing new or advanced knowledge and skills in a variety of fields. Instruction provides a balance of theory and practical skills that participants can immediately apply to the workplace.

Offerings focus on pertinent topics in business, management and supervision, professional coaching, human resources, computers, CAD, teaching and school administration, health and human services, engineering, manufacturing, surveying, soil science, town and state planning, fundraising and grant writing, and more.

Training is offered on the Durham campus, the UNH Manchester campus, and at the UNH training facility at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H.

From time to time, institutes and conferences are held to address current topics of concern at an in-depth level.

Professional Development and Training also offers customized training services—helping companies assess their training needs, and then designing and delivering customized training to meet these needs.