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About the UNH Graduate School

Welcome from the Dean

Graduate education is a valuable investment in your future, allowing you to maximize your talent, experience, creativity, and hard work to achieve your greatest potential. The Graduate School works closely with the faculty to recruit talented and diverse students of the highest quality, provide competitive financial aid, ensure a challenging and contemporary curriculum, and offer the tools to prepare you for leadership.

Our programs closely align with the University’s best scholarship and research, and interdisciplinary studies are encouraged. Graduate students play a key role at a research university, and the synergy of an outstanding faculty working with excellent students from around the world creates an exciting environment for discovery. Here, great ideas, creative contributions, and scientific breakthroughs happen often.

In addition to programs at our main campus in Durham, the Graduate School extends into central and southern New Hampshire through the Graduate School Manchester Campus, located at our urban campus in Manchester’s historic mill yard.

Whether your studies will find you in Durham, Manchester, or pursuing research with colleagues around the world, there’s no better way to explore and reach your full potential than with the University of New Hampshire.

Harry J. Richards Dean, the Graduate School

Strategic Plan


The mission of the Graduate School is to provide innovative, responsive and accessible master’s, doctoral and certificate programs of the highest quality in line with the university’s “Blueprint for the Future, UNH in 2020." Graduate programs foster a close interdependence between research and classroom teaching and enhance the undergraduate experience at the university. The graduate faculty and students work together to creatively generate new knowledge and disseminate that knowledge. The Graduate School is a source of intellectual capital for the University, the region, and the nation.


The Graduate School and, in particular, doctoral education distinguishes UNH as a research university. Master’s programs, both research and professional, further enhance the university’s public land-grant, sea-grant and space grant mission. The Graduate School provides leadership to support the scholarly and creative efforts of the faculty and students, advances the principles of ethical conduct of research and scholarship, articulates and champions an institutional perspective on graduate education, promotes interdisciplinary scholarship and ensures that its graduates are prepared to become leaders in the 21st Century.


In order to accomplish this vision, the Graduate School works to:

  • Increase the visibility of graduate education on the campus, in the state, the nation and the world
  • Maintain a strong relationship between research and graduate education to best align the academic and research programs of the university
  • Enhance the diversity of our students and faculty
  • Ensure competitive compensation packages for graduate assistants
  • Increase the support for graduate students through competitive fellowships and scholarships; professional development programs (Preparing Future Faculty - PFF, Preparing Future Professionals - PFP, Responsible Conduct of Research - RCR);  and community activities
  • Ensure that PhD enrollment and graduation rates are at levels appropriate to the university’s position as a high research activity institution
  • Ensure that all graduate programs are of the highest quality through a sustained process of program review
  • Support and encourage the development of selective new graduate programs that build on the strengths of the faculty in both Durham and Manchester
  • Foster the development of international collaborations and dual degree programs as appropriate
  • Support the development of program delivery models, including on-line learning, that enhance high quality graduate programs to meet the changing nature of today’s students
  • Develop high quality academic and research programs with the UNH School of Law


The Graduate School is an essential partner and valuable resource to the campus. Success is measured by the effectiveness of the Graduate School’s and the Dean’s advocacy for graduate education through collaborative efforts with the college deans, the research office, the Graduate Council, the Graduate Student Senate, the Graduate Coordinators, the Graduate Faculty and the program staff at UNH.

About Us: Staff Directory

Graduate School Dean's Office

Harry Richards serves as the Dean of the Graduate School.

Cari Moorhead serves as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Sharon Andrews serves as the senior administrative assistant for the Graduate School Deans.

Graduate School: Durham Offices

Jonathan Adams is the General Information Technologist for the office. He is in charge of all IT related management and administration. His responsibilities include data management, reporting, hardware/software maintenance, web development and programming, troubleshooting, security, and managing various UNH student information system software applications in regards to the Graduate School.

Beth Cilley and Danielle Peterson are Academic/Student Services Assistants focusing on graduate admissions. They oversee the status of prospective graduate student applications and process incoming documents. They serve as the primary contact for applicants and departments and manage email and phone communications. They provide pre-admissions support, review admissions decisions, and update admissions policies and procedures.

Amanda Fontaine serves as the Senior Information Support Assistant for the Graduate School. She handles the processing of all incoming Graduate School applications, and also provides support for other admissions-related requests, including changes of degree and readmission. In addition, Amanda manages the Graduate School’s social media outlets and assists with the maintenance of the Graduate School’s website.

Dovev Levine serves as the Academic Counselor and Admissions Officer for the UNH Graduate School. His areas of responsibility include coordinating the admissions process, marketing for the Graduate School, recruitment, and a variety of student-related items.

Danielle Peterson and Beth Cilley are Academic/Student Services Assistants focusing on graduate admissions. They oversee the status of prospective graduate student applications and process incoming documents. They serve as the primary contact for applicants and departments and manage email and phone communications. They provide pre-admissions support, review admissions decisions, and update admissions policies and procedures.

Laurie Witham is an Academic/Student Services Assistant at the Graduate School. Along with the Associate Dean, she handles the processing of student petitions, transfer credit requests, grade changes, leave of absence requests, withdrawals, and final graduation certification forms. She is also the point person for thesis and dissertation formatting, final submission, as well as any general inquiries regarding graduation.

Graduate School: Manchester Offices

Candice Morey serves as the Educational Program Coordinator for the Graduate School’s Manchester office. She coordinates the day-to-day activities of the Graduate School’s Manchester campus including: hosting information sessions; meeting one-on-one with prospective students; assisting graduate students and faculty with policy questions; and networking with local businesses to promote graduate education at UNH. She also is the administrator of the off-campus credit Learning Through Teaching program and a member of the Student Veteran’s Advocacy Team.

Jennifer Cooke is the Academic Student Services Assistant for the Graduate School in the Manchester Office. She serves as the primary contact for the Manchester Program’s email and phone communications. She schedules tours, information sessions, and provides support for program and admission related inquiries. Additionally, Jennifer serves as the site-contact for Professional Development and Training workshops offered in Manchester throughout the year.

Donna Laferriere is the Administrative Assistant for the Education Program and provides evening office coverage for the Graduate office at Manchester. Among her many duties, she is most known for assisting education students and cooperating teachers with their exploring teaching and student internship paperwork.