Acoustics (Graduate Certificate)

Acoustics (Graduate Certificate)

The UNH Graduate Certificate in Acoustics offers students the opportunity to develop competencies in acoustic signal processing, animal bioacoustics, and underwater acoustics. This interdisciplinary graduate certificate is appropriate for students with professional interests in acoustics that have backgrounds in mathematical or applied sciences, and the courses that populate the program can be applied toward a UNH graduate degree. Three combinations of required and elective courses can be taken to earn a digital badge in three micro-credential technical areas: bioacoustics, digital signal processing, and underwater acoustics. The program curriculum consists of two required online courses (Advances in Acoustics and Introduction to Digital Signal Processing), and students then select two additional electives from six possible course choices. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds, or Dr. Anthony Lyons for more information.

Curriculum & Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Acoustics requires the completion of four courses:  two required courses and two electives.

Core Required Courses
EOS 808Acoustics Essentials3
ECE 814Introduction to Digital Signal Processing4
Select two courses from the following:
BIOL 827Animal Communication4
BIOL 828Marine Bioacoustics3
ECE 941Digital Signal Processing3
OE 865Underwater Acoustics3
OE 874Integrated Seabed Mapping Systems4
OE 965Advanced Underwater Acoustics3


Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.


Resume is optional but recommended.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. If your desired program is not on the form, departments prefer a full application be submitted. Preapplication requests will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.