2013-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2013-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University

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.

Our Mission

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

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.

Our Values

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 25 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. However, the M.B.A. for Emerging Leaders is also scheduled at off-campus locations. UNH's 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 M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the Master of Public Administration, the M.S. in Professional Education, the M.S. in Engineering Management, and graduate certificates in Lean/Six Sigma and Human Resources Management. The M.B.A. for Emerging Leaders is scheduled at New London as well.

The M.S. in Education is offered at the Main Campus and at off-campus locations in New London and Newington. In addition to the graduate programs in Connecticut, the University is also authorized to offer the M.S. in National Security and Public Safety at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Conventional Graduate School courses are offered on a 13-week trimester schedule, beginning in September, January, and April. A condensed summer term is also offered. Most courses are scheduled during the early evenings and on weekends to meet the needs of employed students.


State Authorization

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 and accredited by the Board of Governors for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut. It is also accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), a nongovernmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.

NEASC accreditation of an institution indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one that has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated mission through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

NEASC accreditation applies to the institution as a whole. As such it provides assurance about the overall quality of opportunities available to students.


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 College of Business is strongly committed to continuous improvement and other goals that are espoused by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In this context, it 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 College is committed to adhering to these standards and to seeking and achieving AACSB accreditation for its programs in the coming years.

Other Memberships

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, 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 Association of Boards of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators, and others.

College of Lifelong & e-Learning

The Main Campus in West Haven offers all academic programs. UNH's branch campus located in New London specializes in accelerated degree programs for busy adults. Most programs are offered in a cohort style, meaning the same group of students completes the entire program together. These programs include the M.B.A. for Emerging Leaders, the M.S. in Engineering Management, the Master of Public Administration, the M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the M.S. in Professional Education, and the Graduate Certificate in National Security.


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-one years later, the figure has climbed to 1,611 for all of 2012.

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, twenty-six 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 five 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, 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 and in Waterbury, Shelton, and Newington. 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 six fields: the master of science in cellular and molecular biology, education, environmental science, and human nutrition; and the master of arts in community psychology and industrial/organizational psychology. Within the field of education, two options are available: the master of science in teacher certification or in professional education. The human nutrition program is offered part time, one weekend per month, at the Main Campus. 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.

At the undergraduate level, the College of Arts and Sciences offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in a wide variety of fields, from art to dental hygiene, from music and sound recording to psychology. A combined five-year BS/MS program in environmental science is offered for students who meet certain qualifications. UNH undergraduates who want to pursue a teaching career also may be eligible for early admission to the UNH Education Department through the accelerated entry process, which allows qualified undergraduates to begin their education course work as undergraduates and enables them to earn a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Connecticut teacher certification in five years. Detailed information can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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 health care administration, labor relations, and management of sports industries. A master's in public administration (M.P.A.) as well as two dual degrees, M.B.A./M.P.A. and M.B.A./M.S. in industrial engineering, are also available. 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.

At the undergraduate level, the College of Business offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in the departments of accounting, economics,  finance, hospitality and tourism management, business management, and sports management. Detailed information can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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 computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, engineering 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 civil engineering design, computer programming, logistics, and quality engineering.

At the undergraduate level, TCoE offers degrees in chemistry, computer engineering, information technology, and general engineering along with its four EAC/ABET-accredited engineering degrees in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering and its CAC/ABET-accredited degree in computer science. Detailed information can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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), and national security and public safety. 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.

Safety and professional degree programs and certificates also are offered at the undergraduate level in the same fields, plus legal studies. Information on undergraduate programs appears in the Undergraduate Catalog.

College of Lifelong & eLearning

The University of New Haven was founded in 1920 as New Haven College to train students to meet the local needs of the community and region, often integrating education with experiences in business and industry. For more than 80 years UNH has continued to provide upward mobility to adult students who otherwise would not be able to receive a college education. University College was created in 2007 to reflect UNH's continued dedication to meeting the educational needs of adult students. The College was renamed in 2012 to the College of Lifelong & eLearning. The new name more clearly reflects the work of the College in assisting part time and adult students in pursuing and reaching their educational goals. The new name also emphasizes that learning is a lifelong endeavor as well as the College's new focus on developing totally online programs. The new online programs will create a new level of access to adult students wherever they may live to take advantage of the quality of a University of New Haven educational experience without ever having to come to campus.

Graduate Admissions Office

The Graduate Admissions Office is responsible for centralized recruitment and admissions processing for more than 25 master's degree programs and more than 30 graduate certificate programs offered by the University.

Center for Graduate and Adult Student Services

The Center for Graduate and Adult Student Services provides support for graduate and adult students related to orientation, registration, financial aid, and student billing in cooperation with those specific offices and the Student Affairs Office. The Center for Graduate and Adult Student Services also works with graduate program coordinators and the Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Offices to place students in graduate assistantship positions. The Center also assists graduate students seeking housing. A new adult student lounge is available on the second floor of Echlin Hall.

Southeastern Center

The Southeastern Center has been serving the educational needs of businesspeople and residents in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island for nearly three decades.

Located on the campus of Mitchell College in New London, The Southeastern Center 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.

Center for Corporate Education

The Center for Corporate Education provides customized corporate training programs to local and regional business and industry. Additionally, the Center administers the following cohort programs on the Main Campus and on the Southeastern campus located at Mitchell College in New London.

Graduate Degrees:

MBA for Emerging Leaders
Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MAI/OP)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Science in Taxation
Master of Science in Labor Relations
Master of Science in Professional Education
Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM)

Graduate Certificates:

Human Resources Management
National Security
Health Care Management
Lean/Six Sigma

Non Credit Certificates:

Project Management
Business Essentials

ELS Language Center

Intensive English programs are offered through the ELS Language Center on the Main Campus. The goal of the ELS Center is to prepare students to use language skills for professional endeavors and academic study in English-speaking environments. Completion of the appropriate programs will prepare students for undergraduate and graduate study. For further information contact ELS at 203.931.2970.

College of Lifelong & eLearning Contact Information

University College is located on the second floor of Echlin Hall. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. You can reach us at 203.932.7180 or lifelong elearn@newhaven.edu.

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 Campus

The University's 80-acre campus contains 28 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, Financial Aid, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Business); Bayer Hall (Undergraduate Admissions); Phillip Kaplan Hall; the Jacob F. Buckman Hall of Engineering (Tagliatela College of Engineering); Echlin Hall (which houses Graduate Admissions, the Office of Information Technology, the College of Lifelong & eLearning, 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 (which houses the University Registrar's Office and 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.


General Requirements

Admission to the University of New Haven Graduate School 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, 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 should submit an official transcript complete to the date of application. In such cases, an admission decision may be made on the basis of a partial transcript, contingent upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Registration is 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, PRAXIS, 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.


Applicants for admission to the Graduate School must submit the University Graduate School Application, required letters of recommendation, 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 University of New Haven. An application form is located at the back of this catalog and online at www.newhaven.edu. In most cases, full-time and part-time domestic students may be admitted for any term, with the exception of a few selected degree programs. See individual programs 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 enter the Graduate School during the term for which admission is granted, acceptance will remain open for one calendar year. After one year, a new application for admission may be required. Students accepted into a program are subject to the specific program requirements and rules 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 rules of the Graduate Catalog in effect at the date/time of acceptance into the newly selected program.

Admission Categories

Admitted applicants and students in the Graduate School are assigned to one of four categories: fully accepted, provisionally accepted, special, (nonmatriculant), or auditor. 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 students for one term while completing the application process.

A bachelor's degree is required for admission to all categories.

Fully Accepted

Students accepted without special stipulations for entrance into a regular degree program or certificate study are classified as fully accepted students.

Provisionally Accepted

Applicants may be accepted provisionally in the following situations: undergraduate grade point average falls below the standard set for full acceptance; acceptance requires additional test or document submission to support entrance into the program selected; or their undergraduate background indicates a need for additional course work or a short period of academic supervision and review. Students accepted provisionally should seek advice from the appropriate coordinator or advisor during the provisional period. Students must complete the stipulated requirements of provisional acceptance at the beginning of the program of study. Upon completion of these requirements, each student's record is evaluated for admission as a fully matriculated candidate for the degree.

Special (Nonmatriculated)

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 School 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 on a space-permitting basis. Once the course has begun meeting auditors cannot change their 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 Graduate School. The Graduate School operates on a trimester system. The fall term begins in early September, the winter term begins in early January, and the spring term begins in early April.

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. This requires full-time study, which is generally interpreted to mean completing at least three courses (9 credits) each trimester. Prospective international students should note that graduate certificates, the Executive MBA, the mechanical engineering master's program, and the human nutrition master's program are not designed to permit full-time study. Also, the programs in the Education Department do not accept international student applications.

To apply for admission to the Graduate School 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:

  1. A completed application form and the appropriate application fee.
  2. Two letters of recommendation.
  3. 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.
  4. Proof of English proficiency. This must consist of one of the following:
    1. 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 score is less than 80 IBT or whose IELTS score is less than 6.5 are required to take and pass E 600 English Language Workshop in the first term of enrollment at the Graduate School.
    2. The Pearson Test of English with a minimum score of 53 is acceptable. The Pearson is managed by Language Testing (LT), a division of Pearson Education Ltd.  The International Test of English Proficiency , iTEP score of 3.7 is also acceptable, iTEP is an innovative, Internet-based English assessment tool developed by Boston Educational Services.
    3. Proof of completion of Level 112 in an ELS Language Center program (visit www.els.edu for information).
    4. Proof of completion of the Advanced Level from any of the USA-based Kaplan English Programs (www.kaplanenglish.com).
    5. Proof that undergraduate academic instruction and courses were completed using the English language.
  5. 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:
    1. Completed UNH Financial Statement of International Students and bank statement.
    2. Current official scholarship letter.

      The University of New Haven does not offer need-based financial assistance to international students.
  6. Acceptance fee of $300. This nonrefundable fee must be paid before immigration documents (Form I-20 for students entering the United States on F-1 visas or DS-2019 for J-1 students) are issued. This fee is not credited toward tuition and is not required in advance from scholarship students.
  7. Medical forms. Entering students must comply with health requirements by submitting the following forms required by the UNH Health Services Office:
    1. Measles/Rubella Immunization Form (required of all students)
    2. Health Examination Report (required of full-time students).

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, has provided acceptable proof of English proficiency and financial status, and has paid the $300 acceptance fee.

Initial Attendance at the University

At the time of registration, domestic fall entrants are required to pay a tuition deposit of $300.  This deposit is applied to the cost of tuition. The deposit is non-refundable but can be transferred to another class as long as the initial number of credits does not decrease. 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 the Graduate School must report to the International Services Office before registering for graduate classes.

International students are required to subscribe to the University's international student health insurance. A minimum premium of $1491 per year 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 state laws regarding immunizations for measles and rubella. Applicants to the Graduate School 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.


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 Admissions 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 Admissions 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.