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Dual Degree & Special Programs

The UNH Graduate School offers a variety of dual degree options, certificates, and special programs that are not outlined in the catalog, and can be found below.

Dual Degree Programs

The UNH Graduate School offers a variety of dual degree programs. For general information on the various types of dual degree programs we offer, see our policy section on dual degrees in our online catalog.

Accelerated Master's Dual Degrees (UNH Seniors Only)

Accelerated Master's Admission is a Special Program for UNH Seniors Only. Qualified University of New Hampshire seniors may be admitted to the Graduate School provided they have followed normal application procedures. See our Accelerated Master's Program page for complete details, and search our programs of study page for eligible accelerated master's programs.

Business Administration MBA/JD Dual Degree

UNH School of Law, in conjunction with the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at UNH, offers a JD/MBA (Master of Business Administration) dual degree program for students seeking the benefits of both degrees. The integration of these two degrees enables students to graduate with a rich understanding of how legal and business issues are increasingly related in a complex global economy. Please visit the Business School website for JD/MBA Dual Degree Guidelines, and also review our JD Dual Degree Protocols.

Certificates as a Dual (Secondary) Program

A student can also pursue a certificate program as a secondary degree. Instructions on how to do this are provided on the application for a certificate as a secondary degree form.

Kinesiology: Outdoor Education and Social Work Dual Degree Program

The Kinesiology: Outdoor Education and Social Work departments have a special dual degree program applicants can apply for as long as they meet the application requirements for both programs. Dual degree applicants may be accepted into the M.S.W. program only, M. S. in kinesiology only, or both. For additional information on the Outdoor Education and Social Work Dual Degree Program, please visit the Master of Social Work and Master of Science Dual Degree web page.

Public Policy and JD Law Dual Degree Program

The Carsey School of Public Policy, in conjunction with the UNH Law School, offers a dual degree MPP/JD program for students seeking the benefits of both degrees. This dual degree program is designed to train students who wish to effectively combine legal issues and skills into the realm of public policy. For information about applying, and please review our JD Dual Degree Protocols.

Social Work and JD Law Dual Degree Program

The Social Work department has launched a new dual degree program with the UNH Law School. The JD/MSW degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career requiring knowledge of law and social work and, in particular, careers that address critical social justice issues such as immigration, gender bias and discrimination, and domestic violence. Please contact Dr. Sharon Murphy at sharon.murphy@unh.edu or 862-3826 for information about applying, and please review our JD Dual Degree Protocols.

Special Programs

Bridge Program

International applicants with below-minimum TOEFL scores may apply as a Bridge Master’s student in the following programs: Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, and the Master of Science in Computer Science. Bridge Master’s students begin their UNH studies by taking a series of English as a Second Language courses, followed by the TOEFL. Upon passing the TOEFL with a minimum score of 80 or higher (IBT format), students then enroll in graduate-level courses towards the master’s degree. For more information about our Bridge Program please contact us directly at grad.school@unh.edu

Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS)

The Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space offers students the opportunity for interdisciplinary study and research. Certain graduate degree programs in earth sciences, physics, natural resources, and zoology may be accessed through the institute as follows: all the M.S. programs in earth sciences, the specialization in space physics and astrophysics (M.S. and Ph.D.), and departmental (M.S.) or interdepartmental (Ph.D.) program in natural resources and earth systems sciences. Admission and degree requirements are set by the respective departments and program. See the graduate program descriptions in earth sciences, physics, zoology, natural resources, and the natural resources and earth systems sciences program (NRESS) for admission and degree requirements.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Our intensive ESL Institute is offered each summer as well as during the academic year. The institute is designed for students who wish to develop their English language skills and learn more about American culture, and/or prepare for study at an American university. Our program consists of four hours of in-class English instruction each morning, including pronunciation, conversation, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Equal attention is given to spoken and written language. Language lab, computer facilities, and our state-of-the-art library are available for your use. There will be excursions to nearby points of interest on Saturdays and on some weekday afternoons, for those who wish to participate.

Global Student Success Program

The Global Student Success Program is a two semester program designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree but need additional academic support to gain entry to University of New Hampshire's graduate degree programs in engineering and computer science.

Marine Program

Formed in 1974, the UNH Marine Program serves to integrate the marine research, education and public service activities of over 60 faculty, 300 undergraduate lighthouse image students and 100 graduate students from 14 departments and three colleges at the university. The Program serves as a catalyst for marine research activities at various levels from individual investigators to large interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence and Cooperative Institutes. Since 2000, these activities have attracted in excess of $20M in extramural support annually at the university and allowed us to expand the research opportunities available to our undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to these opportunities, the Marine Program retains a core focus on finding solutions to real-world problems and integrating these efforts not only into the formal classroom, but through nationally-acclaimed public education and outreach efforts through our Marine Docent and Sea Grant programs.

Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) - Suspended Until Further Notice

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies of the University of Rhode Island (URI), with the cooperation and support of the UNH Library, offers courses each semester in Durham. The courses meet requirements for a URI Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.). The degree requires 42 hours of credit, most of which may be completed at UNH and/or through online courses. Depending on the individual program of study, a student may need to take one or more courses at other campuses (URI Kingston, URI Providence, or Worcester State College).

NH LEND (Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) Program

The NH Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH LEND) is a collaboration between the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Institute on Disability/UCED at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine. NH LEND is a Maternal and Child Health-funded workforce development program.

The purpose of the NH LEND program is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health. Trainees from a wide variety of professional disciplines engage in graduate-level training related to interdisciplinary leadership for children and youth with developmental disabilities and their families. Beginning in 2011, a partnership between NH LEND and the University of Maine serves an area that is not currently served by a LEND training program and assists in developing infrastructure and addressing regional needs, particularly in rural underserved regions.

The NH LEND Program provides training for students and professionals from diverse disciplines, including:

  • Audiology
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health Management & Policy
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology

This rigorous program follows the academic calendar and includes coursework and practicum experiences with faculty, families, community partners, and legislators. Traineeships require a minimum commitment of 300 hours over a 9-month period. Competitive stipends are awarded to support participation in the program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in December each year. For more information and an application please visit the NH LEND Program website.

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)

At UNH, the Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) is designed to provide graduate students with the necessary tools to become successful faculty members. The program includes faculty mentoring opportunities; teaching courses with faculty supervision; direct, personal experience with diverse institutions; and learning about the emerging and future expectations of faculty. The PFF Program is intended to enhance, rather than replace, current models of graduate education.

Professional Development and Training

UNH Professional Development & Training (PD&T) offers a wide variety of seminars, noncredit certificate programs, conferences, and institutes designed to provide practical, state-of-the-art skills and knowledge that enable individuals, companies, and organizations to enhance their performance and productivity. Offerings are held at the PD&T Training Centers at Pease Trade port in Portsmouth, in downtown Manchester, and on the Durham campus. In addition to its public programs, PD&T also develops customized training to meet the needs of companies that want to offer in-house training for their managers and staff. For more information or to request catalogs, call (603) 862-7380, visit the web, or send an email to professional.development@unh.edu.