At the University of New Haven, we are wholly dedicated to the professional future of our students and caringly committed to their achievement. We provide the people, the programs, and the places that enable our students to prepare for personal success - in their careers and in life.
The University of New Haven is a private, independent, comprehensive University based in southern New England, specializing in high-quality educational opportunities and preparation of both traditional and returning students for successful careers and self-reliant, productive service in a global society.
The Graduate School focuses on addressing students’ needs for efficient acquisition of career-oriented credentials for advancement in the workplace and on helping individuals adapt to changes in their-work environment through continuing education.
The University of New Haven is a student-focused comprehensive university with an emphasis on excellence in arts and sciences and professional preparation. Our mission is to prepare our students to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in a global society through experiential, collaborative, and discovery-based learning.
Our vision is to be the institution of choice for students who seek the highest quality education for professionally oriented careers. We will be noted for our ability to combine professional education with liberal arts and sciences and with the development of high ethical and cultural standards among our graduates.
Our Guiding Principles
UNH is committed to educational innovation, to continuous improvement in career-focused and professional education, and to support for scholarship and professional development.
UNH takes pride in, and models itself by, the standard of best practices in its commitment to service, quality, integrity, and personal caring. All academic programs, as well as campus and student life, provide rich opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and participation in the aesthetics of life so that the University of New Haven will personify a successful commitment to diversity, equality, and “the pursuit of happiness.”
Our goal is to distinguish ourselves by the measures of student admissions; retention; career development; collaboration with business, industry, and community; and the success of our graduates and their support as alumni.
We emphasize these values as we strive for educational excellence:
- Belief in and practice of UNH’s mission and vision
- Commitment to the success of our students through caring and responsive service
- Teamwork: helping each other to succeed
- Communication: trusting, open, honest, and straightforward
- Commitment to thoughtful action
- Thinking, articulating, doing, and evaluating
- Leading by example with continuous improvement
- Facing all issues and being accountable
- Respect for the individual, including his or her thoughtful input
- Recognizing success
The Graduate School
The graduate programs at the University of New Haven offer students the opportunity to enhance and deepen skills and knowledge for already chosen careers in highly technical and competitive fields. Alternately, other graduate students are preparing to enter new careers. Most UNH graduate programs offer as part of the curriculum multiple areas of specialization; flexibility in elective choices; opportunities for experiential education, including field work, internships, independent study, and research; and the possibility of cooperative education work experience.
The University’s faculty is outstanding in its combination of highly qualified, full-time academics (nearly 85 percent of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields from a broad spectrum of prestigious institutions) and part-time faculty members employed in area businesses and professions who bring, in addition to noteworthy academic qualifications, practical insight and experience to the classroom.
The Graduate School offers more than 30 master’s degree programs plus more than 35 graduate certificates. Classes are offered at various locations in Connecticut.
The main campus in West Haven offers all academic programs. The branch campus in New London specializes in accelerated graduate degree programs for busy adults. The programs are offered in a cohort style, meaning that the same group of students completes the entire program together. These programs include the Master of Public Administration, the M.S. in Engineering Operations Management, and a graduate non-credit certificate in
In addition to the graduate programs in Connecticut, the University is also authorized to offer the M.S. in National Security at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Conventional Graduate School courses are offered on a semester schedule, beginning in August and January. Two condensed summer terms are also offered. Most courses are scheduled during the early evenings and on weekends to meet the needs of employed students.
Federal and state regulations require that all institutions of higher education comply with existing state laws regarding distance learning. The University of New Haven makes every effort to maintain compliance with these continuously evolving regulations. As a part of our compliance efforts, the University of New Haven is required to publish statements, disclosures or disclaimers pertaining to State Authorization. The Consumer Information Guidelines for Online Distance Learning provides students access to this information.
The University of New Haven is a comprehensive, nonsectarian, independent institution of higher learning chartered by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.
The University of New Haven is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785
The bachelor of science degree programs in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering are fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The computer science bachelor’s degree program is fully accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
New Mexico Programs
Based upon the University of New Haven’s full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education has determined that the University of New Haven qualifies for exempt status.
College of Business
The UNH College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the accrediting organization for the top 5% of business schools in the world. UNH endeavors to follow the organization’s guidelines with respect to faculty, curricula, learning goals, programmatic initiatives and other important components of the educational experience for future business leaders at all levels of instruction.
The University holds memberships in the Council of Graduate Schools, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Nursing Home Administration, the Association of American Colleges, the College Entrance Examination Board, the New American Colleges and University (NAC&U) and other regional and national professional organizations. The University’s programs conform to the curricular guidelines or pre-licensure requirements of professional discipline-specific organizations including the Council on Applied Masters Programs in Psychology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, the National
The University of New Haven was founded in 1920 as the New Haven YMCA Junior College, a division of Northeastern University. It became New Haven College in 1926 by an act of the Connecticut General Assembly. For nearly forty years, the College held classes in space rented from Yale University.
In September 1958, the College completed construction of a classroom building on Cold Spring Street, New Haven, for its daytime engineering programs. That same year, the College received authorization from the Connecticut legislature to offer the bachelor of science degree in the fields of business, accounting, management, and industrial engineering. Although the student body on the new Cold Spring Street campus numbered fewer than 200, the College’s facilities were fast becoming overcrowded. To meet the needs of the College and the local community, the Board of Governors purchased, in 1960, three buildings and twenty-five acres of land in West Haven formerly belonging to the New Haven County Orphanage.
The combination of increased classroom space and four-year degree programs sparked a period of tremendous growth in enrollment and facilities. In 1961, the year after the College moved to West Haven, the graduating class numbered seventy-five. Fifty-six years later, the figure has climbed to 2,114 for all of 2017.
New Haven College received full accreditation for its baccalaureate programs from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1966. In 1969, the College took a major step forward with the addition of the Graduate School. Initially offering programs in business administration and industrial engineering, the Graduate School expanded rapidly.
Today, more than thirty master’s programs, along with a wide variety of graduate certificates, offer the approximately 1,700 graduate students many choices for post-baccalaureate study.
In 1970, on the fiftieth anniversary of its founding, New Haven College became the University of New Haven, reflecting the increased scope and the diversity of academic programs offered. Today, the University offers a rich variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in six schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, and the Graduate School.
Undergraduate and graduate courses and programs are offered on the Main Campus in West Haven and at other off-campus and in-plant sites. Graduate courses in selected fields are offered at our Southeastern campus in New London. The graduate program in national security is also offered at a satellite location in New Mexico.
The University’s Academic Colleges
The University of New Haven has five academic colleges, each with its own faculty and set of graduate programs.
College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers master’s degree programs in five fields: the master of science in cellular and molecular biology, and environmental science; and the master of arts in clinical mental health counseling, community psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology. The environmental science program provides opportunities for field and laboratory experience along with classroom instruction; students in cellular and molecular biology train for specialized careers in the fields of biotechnology, basic science, and pharmacological research. Graduate certificates provide short, specific programs in several fields including geographical information systems (GIS), applications of psychology, and bioinformatics.
College of Business
The mission of the College of Business is to provide high-quality, career-oriented education to students with varied backgrounds and experiences. The College will seek to accomplish this through comprehensive teaching programs and by engaging in a variety of research and consulting activities involving both the development of knowledge and its communication to the academic, business, and government sectors. It is the vision of the College to be the regional leader in providing career-oriented, contemporary business education.
As the business environment becomes more complex, the College of Business provides educational experiences that prepare students to face the challenges of a dynamic world and to meet their responsibilities within a global society. Career-oriented programs employ current knowledge and techniques presented in a manner appropriate to the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our graduate students.
Through the Graduate School, the College of Business offers an M.B.A. program with a variety of concentrations and master’s degree programs in accounting, finance, sport management, and taxation. The College also offers an executive MBA program, which has been a highly respected educational resource for Connecticut business leaders for more than a quarter of a century. In addition, many graduate certificates are available for students who seek a short graduate curriculum concentrated in a specific business area.
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Few professions can match engineering for challenge and excitement, and the changing face of engineering will shape the world in the twenty-first century-a world of exotic materials, new sources of energy, staggering telecommunications and computing capabilities, cybernetic factories, and public works needed by society. The mission of the Tagliatela College of Engineering (TCoE) is to prepare individuals for professional practice in diverse engineering areas, computer science, and chemistry. In addition, TCoE prepares individuals for lifelong education in their professional careers and for such formal post-baccalaureate education as their inclination and professional growth require.
Master of science degree programs are offered through the Graduate School in biomedical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, cybersecurity and networks, data science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, engineering and operations management, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. A dual degree program combines the M.B.A. with the M.S. in industrial engineering. Graduate certificates are offered in computer programming, lean/six sigma, and quality engineering.
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Through the Graduate School, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences offers career-oriented graduate degree programs in criminal justice, fire science, forensic science (including the criminalistics laboratory program), investigations, and national security. A wide range of graduate certificates is also available in the same fields as well as in forensic computer investigation and information protection and security, for students seeking shorter study in specific subcategories of these disciplines.
Broad professional education is provided, often integrating classroom learning with laboratory and field experience. The programs attract students of varied ages and levels of expertise, from persons new to the field to seasoned professionals seeking national and/or regional accreditation and licensure.
School of Health Sciences
The School of Health Sciences prepares students to develop the competencies necessary to be a successful healthcare professional in the 21st century. Students learn and grow through interprofessional education, hands-on experiences, and a curriculum focused upon healthcare innovation, systems thinking, and using evidence-based approaches to solve today’s biggest challenges in healthcare.
Master of Science programs are offered through the Graduate School in Healthcare Administration and in Human Nutrition. The Dietetic Internship program provides experiences that are designed to fulfill required competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics while earning nine graduate credits.
Graduate Enrollment Office
The Graduate Enrollment Office is responsible for centralized recruitment and admissions processing for more than 30 master’s degree programs and more than 35 graduate certificate programs offered by the University.
New London Campus
The New London Campus has been serving the educational needs of businesspeople and residents in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island since 1974.
Located on the campus of Mitchell College in New London, The New London Campus offers academic degree programs working adults who are interested in career advancement. Innovative programs allow students to complete their degrees quickly without sacrificing quality, and without getting in the way of work or personal pursuits.
The New Haven Area
The University of New Haven is located in south central Connecticut, between New York City and Boston. Situated on a West Haven hillside overlooking Long Island Sound, the campus is easily accessible by car (from Interstate 95), bus, train, and air.
New Haven, just ten minutes away from the campus, is a city where the arts and cultural activities flourish, as do science and business. Settled in 1638 and rich in history and heritage, New Haven is proud of its past, prouder of its present, and actively planning for its future. The city is a manufacturing center, a deep-water harbor, a major arts center, a college town with seven colleges and universities in the immediate area, and is known as the “Gateway to New England.”
New Haven is home to the Shubert, Long Wharf, and Yale Repertory theaters; the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; and a number of museums, including the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Eli Whitney Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, and the oldest university gallery in the western hemisphere, the Yale Art Gallery.
The University’s 82-acre campus contains more than 30 major buildings that house modern laboratory and research facilities, the latest computer equipment, athletic facilities, and residence halls.
The Main Campus includes Ellis C. Maxcy Hall (which houses administration, classrooms, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Business); Bayer Hall (Undergraduate Admissions); Bergami Hall which houses the Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office; Phillip Kaplan Hall; the Jacob F. Buckman Hall of Engineering (Tagliatela College of Engineering); Echlin Hall (which houses the Office of Information Technology, the Fire Science Department, and classroom spaces); the Marvin K. Peterson Library; Bartels Hall (the campus student center); Robert B. Dodds Hall (with classrooms, offices, labs, Dodds Theater, and the Seton Art Gallery); the Campus Store; residence halls; and the Gate House (faculty offices), and the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center.
South Campus includes South Campus Hall is home to the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences) and Harugari Hall (which houses the English Department, the Psychology Department, the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, and classrooms. The University’s athletic offices, athletic fields, and Charger Gymnasium are located at North Campus.
The UNH Theater is in residence on campus and produces a variety of productions each year, including children’s theater. The Seton Art Gallery features the work of renowned local and national artists, and devotes space to the University’s Art Department.
Full admission to University of New Haven graduate programs requires that applicants hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from a foreign institution that is recognized by its jurisdictional Ministry of Education for granting baccalaureate degrees. Individual programs may have additional requirements for admission, the details of which are included in the program listings in this catalog. For most programs, admission decisions are based primarily on an applicant’s undergraduate record. A prospective student who is currently completing undergraduate study may submit an unofficial transcript complete to the date of application for review purposes. In such cases, an admission decision may be made on the basis of a partial transcript, contingent upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Full acceptance and initial registration are not permitted until a final, official transcript is submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. Students may submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), GMAT, or the Miller Analogies Test in support of their application. Students applying to certain programs are required to have test scores from such examinations sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate Admissions Office. Information regarding specific requirements for submission of test scores is contained in the program descriptions elsewhere in this catalog.
General Expectations for Applicants to Graduate Programs
Generally, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (where A is 4.0), based on all undergraduate courses taken at an accredited college or university, is expected though consideration will be given to prior graduate study and to supplementary professional experience. Some programs require adequate performance in specific prerequisite courses.
Two letters of recommendation are required from persons competent to comment on the applicant’s probable success in graduate school. Recommendation letters normally are provided by professors who can offer an in-depth evaluation of the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses relevant to academic work. Additional recommendations may be provided by employers who are familiar with the applicant’s work experience.
The applicant’s personal statement of purpose in relation to the intended program of study helps the program faculty to identify students whose goals are consonant with the program’s objectives and expertise.
With the exception of established dual-degree programs and degree-certificate programs, graduate students are admitted to one graduate program at a time. Application to additional degree or certificate programs, following matriculation, is considered in light of the additional programs’ unique requirements. Restrictions apply regarding the minimum residency and credit required for each program and the unduplicated use of graduate courses to satisfy the requirements of multiple programs.
General Policy for Graduate Admissions
Faculty from the academic department(s) sponsoring graduate programs determine the standards and minimum criteria for admission to their programs. Admission standards are maintained and applied by the faculty to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified to study at the University with a reasonable expectation of completing the program successfully. Faculty representing the programs review the application materials assembled by the Graduate Admissions Office and make final admissions decisions based on the standards of their programs, including the specification of any additional coursework the student may need to take. The faculty may direct that the Graduate Admissions Office request additional information or documentation from the applicant in cases for which the decision is not obvious. The faculty make the admission decision only when the application materials are complete.
Applicants for admission to the University’s graduate programs must submit the University Graduate Admissions Application, required letters of recommendation, a personal statement, official transcripts of all previous college work (sent directly from the colleges to the Graduate Admissions Office), the nonrefundable application fee, and test scores (if required). Application materials become the property of the University of New Haven. Additional information and an application form is located online at http://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/graduate/apply/. For most programs, full-time and part-time domestic students may be admitted for any term, while certain programs permit admissions only for the fall term. See individual program descriptions in this catalog for requirements. Students (including international students required to maintain full-time enrollment based on immigration requirements) who are applying for full-time study may be notified that certain programs are limited to admission in the fall term only due to the planned sequence of courses.
Should a student be unable to begin graduate study during the term for which admission is granted, acceptance will remain open for one semester. In the event of further delay, a new application for admission may be required. Students accepted into a program are subject to the specific program requirements of the Graduate Catalog in effect for the term in which the student is enrolled in the first course in that degree program. However, if a student subsequently submits a program change request and is accepted into a new or different program/degree, the student is subject to the program requirements of the Graduate Catalog in effect at the date/time of acceptance into the newly selected program.
Graduate Application Checklist
Applicants should consult the Application Checklist on the University’s website at http://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/graduate/apply/. The Checklist identifies all documentation required for a complete application and provides information on directing test scores to the University.
Admitted applicants and students in the graduate programs are assigned to one of five categories: fully accepted, conditionally accepted, provisionally accepted, special (nonmatriculant), or auditor (nonmatriculant). Domestic students who wish to matriculate in a degree program, but who have not completed the application process and/or have not yet received a formal acceptance decision, may register as in-process (nonmatriculated) students for one term while completing the application process.
Students accepted without special stipulations for entrance into a regular degree program or certificate study and who have submitted all necessary official documents are classified as fully accepted students.
Applicants may be accepted provisionally pending receipt of additional test or document submission (e.g. final official transcript) to support entrance into the program selected. All official documents must be received for the applicant to become fully accepted.
During the review of an application, it may be determined that a student should be admitted to a graduate program with post-admission academic conditions that must be met. The academic condition(s) may require the student to maintain a certain grade point average, to take a certain number of semester hours of coursework, or to successfully complete specific undergraduate or graduate courses. Students accepted conditionally should seek advice from the appropriate coordinator or advisor during the conditional period. Students must complete the stipulated requirements of conditional acceptance at the beginning of the program of study. Upon completion of these requirements, each student’s record is re-evaluated for admission as a fully matriculated candidate for the degree. Failure to meet the conditions specified will result in dismissal from the program.
Special status is reserved for students who do not wish to matriculate in a degree program or certificate study. Registration in this category is normally limited to no more than 12 credits of graduate work. Students who wish to continue graduate work must be accepted into a specific graduate program. Special students are responsible for meeting prerequisite requirements for the courses they wish to take.
An auditor is allowed to attend class and is expected to participate in class discussions and complete the required assignments. An auditor receives no grade or credit toward any degree and pays a lower tuition rate than a student who takes a class for academic credit. While auditor status does not imply admission to any graduate degree program, there is an official registration procedure, and a notation of audit is placed on the transcript. Both current students and new students are eligible to audit graduate courses.
Auditing provides a low-cost method of upgrading information and skills plus broadening educational perspective. Therefore, the courses available to auditors are limited to those at or below the level of the UNH degree obtained by the student and on a space-available basis. Once the course has begun meeting, auditors cannot change their course enrollment status from audit to credit.
Admission of International Students
University of New Haven graduate programs are open to qualified international students. To qualify, a prospective student must have completed sufficient undergraduate preparation in a degree program acceptable to the University. The University of New Haven operates on a semester system. The fall term begins in late August, and the spring term begins mid-January.
Because the review of international applications takes considerable time, it is important that the application and supporting materials be received by the Graduate Admissions Office prior to the deadlines outlined in the international student information packet.
U.S. Immigration regulations require that a person holding student status make satisfactory progress toward a degree including full-time enrollment.
To apply for admission to a graduate program at the University of New Haven, and to be ready to begin study, prospective international students must complete the steps outlined in the following section.
International Application Process
Applicants must submit the following materials:
- A completed application form and the appropriate application fee.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- The applicant’s personal statement of purpose.
- Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed. Applicants may be asked to provide substantiation of courses taken, grades received, and/or the academic reputation of the undergraduate school within the educational system of the country in which the school is located. A certified English translation must accompany non-English transcripts, and must reflect all term-by-term academic activity.
- Proof of English proficiency. This must consist of one of the following:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT). The official score report must be sent directly from the testing service/site to the Graduate Admissions Office. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 is also acceptable. IELTS is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.
Students whose TOEFL (IBT) score is less than 80 or whose IELTS score is less than 6.5 are required to take and pass ENGL 6600 English Language Workshop in the first term of enrollment at the University.
- The Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum score of 53 is acceptable. The Pearson is managed by Language Testing (LT), a division of Pearson Education Ltd.
- Proof of completion of the Advanced Level from any of the USA-based Kaplan English Programs (www.kaplanenglish.com).
- Completion of a University-sponsored “bridge program” including English instruction and assessment is acceptable.
- Proof that undergraduate academic instruction and courses were completed using the English language.
- Financial documentation. International students must provide verification of sufficient funds for study and living expenses for 12 months. This verification must be one of the following:
- Completed University of New Haven Financial Statement of International Students and bank statement.
- Current official scholarship letter.
The University of New Haven does not offer need-based financial assistance to international students.
- Medical forms. Entering students must comply with health requirements by submitting the forms required by the University Health Services Office. Consult the listing on the University’s website at http://www.newhaven.edu/student-life/health-wellness/health-services/forms.php .
Visa documents (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) are issued only after a student has submitted all required materials, has been accepted in a program of study, and has provided acceptable proof of English proficiency and financial status.
Initial Attendance at the University
The tuition and fees for a given term are due to be paid in full by the end of the first week of graduate classes in that particular term. Students whose tuition is supported by their employer must submit the following items to the Bursar’s Office, in lieu of payment, by the stated due date: a copy of the employer’s tuition reimbursement policy and a completed promissory note for corporate reimbursement.
International students accepted into graduate programs must report to the International Services Office and must consult with their academic advisors before registering for graduate classes.
International students are required to subscribe to the University’s international student health insurance. A premium will be charged to each student. Requests for information regarding coverage and/or premiums for dependents should be directed to the Health Services Office.
All students entering the University must comply with Connecticut laws regarding immunizations for measles and rubella. Applicants to the University of New Haven must complete the Measles/Rubella Immunization Form and return it to the UNH Health Services Office. In addition, students enrolling at UNH for full-time study must also file a completed Health Examination Report with the Health Services Office. Medical forms and information can be obtained by contacting the Health Services Office at 203.932.7079 or 1.800.DIAL.UNH, Ext. 7079. It is the policy of the University, in cases of noncompliance, to withhold registration at the beginning of each term.
Fresh Start Readmission Option
This option for re-admission to the University of New Haven is available to those students who experienced a poor start to their graduate education and have prepared themselves to begin again. The option allows eligible students to gain readmission to the University to continue their graduate study without undue burden from their first attempt. Students readmitted under the Fresh Start option are eligible for institutional financial aid and other student services on the same terms as transfer students.
The Fresh Start option is available to a student under these circumstances:
- The student was a graduate student dismissed from the University of New Haven for academic reasons (failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress).
- At least one full academic year has elapsed since the last term during which the student was matriculated at the University.
- The student has not used the Fresh Start option previously (may only be used once).
- The Fresh Start option requires that the student be readmitted to a degree or certificate program different from the one they were enrolled in previously. Changing a declared concentration in the same degree program or pursuing a different level credential (certificate vs. degree) in the same area do not qualify as a different program under this policy. The option may not be available for all academic majors.
- An application to be readmitted under the Fresh Start option is submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The Coordinator of the new program makes the readmission decision in consultation with the Office of the Provost.
- Each case is decided on its own merits.
Features of the Fresh Start Option
- The student’s prior courses and grades remain on the student’s transcript and permanent record. The date of Fresh Start readmission is noted on the transcript and permanent record.
- Courses taken prior to the Fresh Start earning grades of B or better (3.0) may be applicable to the graduation requirements. Some courses may need to be retaken, at the discretion of the new major’s coordinator.
- The student’s GPA is calculated based on coursework completed after the Fresh Start. The time limit for program completion likewise begins again at the time of Fresh Start readmission.
- The student’s program and graduation requirements are those in effect at the time of the Fresh Start.
- During the first term at the University after the Fresh Start, an overload schedule is not permitted.
- It is the student’s responsibility to understand and comply with the requirements and constraints of applicable policy and procedure relating to financial aid, veterans’ benefits, visa status, student accounts at the University, and others that affect the student’s continuation of graduate study. The academic requirements for Fresh Start readmission will not be modified to facilitate compliance with those policies.
Registration, including drops and adds, is done online, using the University website. Registration open periods and deadlines are listed on the website. Returning students and new domestic students who have been admitted to programs will receive email notification about registration, and they can register online.
Domestic students who have not completed the application process or have not yet received a formal acceptance decision may register as in-process students for most programs. International students may not register as in-process students. Proof that the in-process student has an undergraduate degree is required at the time of registration and, when possible, transcripts of previous course work should be provided to facilitate advisement. In-process status remains in effect for one term. In-process students may register for no more than six credits without the approval of the director of Graduate Enrollment or the coordinator of the program for which they are applying.
It is the responsibility of in-process students to ensure that all materials in support of their applications are received by the Graduate Enrollment Office in time for an acceptance decision before the next term. In-process students may not register for a second term until an acceptance decision has been made. Permission to register as an in-process student does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School.
Students who fail to register for three consecutive terms will no longer receive email registration notification. It is the responsibility of such students to notify the University Registrars’ Office of their desire to continue graduate study. Files for students who revert to an inactive status are retained for two years. At the end of that period, only a permanent record of credits earned is maintained.
Students may not add a course after the first class meeting without formal permission of the instructor.
A student may not withdraw from a course after the second scheduled class meeting.
The University reserves the right to change class schedules or instructors at any time. It further reserves the right to cancel any course and, in such cases, will refund course tuition to the students enrolled.
Students with an outstanding balance may not register or receive University services including academic transcripts. Students who register after the registration deadline are assessed a late fee.