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About the UNH Graduate School

Welcome from the Interim 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.

Cari Moorhead Interim 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

Cari Moorhead serves as the Interim Dean of the Graduate School. She works to guide, manage, and promote the Graduate School for the University and is a strong advocate for graduate education and our students.

Dovev Levine serves as the Assistant Dean for the UNH Graduate School. His areas of responsibility include coordinating the admissions process, marketing for the Graduate School, recruitment, dealing with petitions, and a variety of student-related items.

Annette Slattery is our Senior Administrative Assistant for the Graduate School Deans. Besides assisting the Deans in their daily work she works with students on travel grants, dissertation year fellowships, and summer TA fellowships.

Laurie Witham is an Academic/Student Services Assistant at the Graduate School. Along with the Interim and Assistant Deans, 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.

Dan Budak serves as the Coordinator for Recruitment and Retention in the UNH Graduate School. He is responsible for several projects aimed at developing stronger student recruitment strategies and providing support for new and continuing graduate students.

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.

Courtney Mulvey is our Administrative Assistant focusing on graduate recruitment while providing secondary support to our admissions area. She manages our social media, customer relations software, website content updates, and helps with marketing. She serves as the primary contact for prospective students and manages email and phone communications.

Samantha Martell is an Academic/Student Services Assistant focusing on graduate admissions. She oversees the status of prospective graduate student applications and processes incoming documents. She serves as the primary contact for applicants and departments and helps with email and phone communications. She also provides pre-admissions support, reviews admissions decisions, and helps with data integrity and clean-up.

Graduate School: Manchester Offices

Candice Morey is the Educational Program Coordinator for the Graduate School’s Manchester office. She coordinates the general activities of the office including: hosting information sessions; meeting with prospective students; assisting students and faculty with policy questions; and networking with local businesses to promote graduate education at UNH.

Hilary Rush is the Academic Student Services Assistant for the Graduate School’s Manchester office. She assists prospective and current students with questions, helps faculty with any classroom needs, and coordinates the Manchester office’s social media presence.

Annual Reports

These reports present summaries of activities by the Graduate School and the units that report to the graduate school dean over the academic year. The report is organized around several programmatic and functional activities. The Graduate School's success depends on the support of the Graduate School staff, the Graduate Council, Graduate Program Coordinators, Chairs and staff, and the leadership of the Graduate Student Senate. Each report is written and presented by the Graduate School Dean.

Report Set I:

Report Set II:

Report Set III: