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Non-Degree Options at UNH

Pursuing a UNH graduate education is an exciting prospect. Whether you recently graduated or are returning to school after years in the professional workforce, our graduate programs allow you to work closely with talented and respected faculty members in state-of-the-art facilities as you complete your degree. With options ranging from business to fine arts, cutting-edge science to natural resources and sustainability, we are sure to have a program that will both meet your academic needs and exceed your expectations!

While graduate school offers you unique opportunities to grow academically and professionally, the challenges of finding the right program and balancing work, life, and school can sometimes feel overwhelming. Taking a course in your intended field prior to fully applying to a graduate degree program is a cost-effective way to determine what program will best fit your needs and help you transition with ease back into school. To ensure that you find engaging courses in your desired program of study, UNH offers you the opportunity to "test pilot" graduate courses through its Continuing Education office.

Types of Non-Degree Courses

To meet your unique academic and career needs, the University of New Hampshire offers several types of non-degree enrollment options, each designed to help you get the most out of your course:

All credit courses are taught by approved UNH faculty. Non-degree, or Continuing Education students take the same courses as matriculated degree students, and all credits can be applied towards a degree program within the University. Please review the Graduate School UNH Non-Degree Credit Transfer form for more information about transferring Continuing Education credits into a degree program. Currently, a maximum of twelve (12) credits can be applied to a current graduate degree program, and courses must be taken at the Graduate Level (800-900) and resulted in a grade of B- or better.

Non-credit one-day seminars and short certificate programs are offered through UNH Professional Development & Training throughout the year and are designed to provide you with new or advanced career and professional skills. Each seminar awards CEUs (continuing education units) that are recorded on a transcript in the Registrar's Office. CEUs attest to your professional development and may be used towards licensure and relicensure of some professions; please note, however, that units earned through a non-credit seminar or certificate program cannot be applied towards a degree program.

Granted at the discretion of the instructor on a space-available basis, Continuing Education students may audit credit courses at a reduced per-credit rate plus the mandatory semester fees and any other required course fees. Students who audit courses enjoy the benefit of learning about a topic of particular interest without having to complete class assignments or exams; this is a great option for those who wish to pursue a personal area of interest without intending to enroll in a degree program. As with non-credit courses, audited credit courses cannot be counted towards a degree program.

What Next?

After trying out a course or two as a non-degree student, you'll be ready to apply to a graduate degree program! A full listing of our program offerings can be found on our Programs of Study page; you are also encouraged to contact the Graduate School or individual departments for more information about the types of degrees available to you and for assistance with choosing the best degree option.