Interested in pursuing your M.S. in Information Technology but don't know where to begin? We've compiled the most frequently asked questions about the program to help start you on the path towards a master's degree. If you have additional questions, please contact UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus at 603-641-4313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accelerated Master's Program
Change of Degree
What academic degree is the basis for admission?
A bachelor's degree in a computing-related area is the basis for admission. We like to see students who have taken computer science courses related to data structures and algorithms, systems and tools, and database design and development. Prerequisite courses are required depending on your academic/professional background.
I have a 3-year bachelor’s degree. Does this meet the requirement for admissions?
Admission requires applicants to have a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent of one. Some bachelor’s degrees are 3 years in length, which are ineligible unless procured from a university which has been accredited by the NAAC at the ‘A’ level and graduated with first-class honors or higher. If you are unsure of whether the university from which you graduated meets these standards, please contact Madison Ferreri, assistant director of admissions at UNH Manchester.
I don't have a bachelor's degree in a computing-related area, but I've worked in the computing field and would like to apply for the master's. What do I do?
Prospective students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are invited to apply. The application review process is a holistic process that takes into account relevant work experience, your personal statement and resume, and recommendation letter.
What is the deadline for application to the program?
Fall: July 1 (International Deadline); August 1 (Domestic Deadline)
Spring: December 1 (International Deadline); January 1 (Domestic Deadline)
Summer: April 1 (Part-time enrollment ONLY)
What is the application procedure for international students?
International students are eligible to apply if they’ve earned a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution or if they’ve completed a three-year degree from at a university which has been accredited by the NAAC at the ‘A’ level, and graduated with first-class honors or higher. No pre-application is necessary. Simply click here and follow the outlined steps: Apply, Submit Documents and Monitor Status.
Is the GRE general test required?
Which test is required for international students?
The test required for international students is the TOEFL or IELTS unless the applicant completed their bachelor’s degree from a university where English is the primary language of instruction and can demonstrate advanced proficiency.
Accelerated Master's Program
I'm a senior in a bachelor’s program and very much interested in the accelerated master’s program. What are the requirements and how do I apply for it?
The Accelerated Master's program allows UNH Seniors to take up to 12 credits of graduate or dual-level coursework during their senior year (departments may allow for a lower amount). You must be a UNH senior with a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA at the time of admission, and you must be admitted for the semester you wish to take graduate/dual-level coursework. The application is available here. Please contact Madison Ferreri of the UNH Graduate School with any questions.
I've been admitted in the Accelerated Master’s program and I'm finishing up my bachelor’s degree at UNH. When I register for a graduate course, what else should I do to have the credits count to both my undergraduate and accelerated master’s degrees?
You need to meet with either Candice Morey (Educational Assistant, Graduate School Manchester Campus) or Madison Ferreri (Assistant Director of Admissions, UNH Manchester) to complete the required dual credit forms.
I'm a senior in a computing program and had my accelerated master's application approved. I need 12 undergraduate credits to finish my bachelor’s degree next semester. If I take two graduate courses (6 graduate credits) next semester, how many credits count towards my bachelor’s degree?
This depends on whether you’re taking these 6 credits as Dual Credit or just for graduate credit. If for dual credit, then the 6 credits count towards both your undergraduate and graduate programs. If just graduate credit, then the credits only count towards your graduate program.
As an Accelerated Master's program student, can I use graduate credits in combination with undergraduate credits to maintain my financial aid eligibility?
Financial aid is based upon the number of billable hours a student takes. For dual credit courses, you are billed only for the undergraduate credits. If you take a course strictly for graduate credit, then you are billed for those credits.
What prerequisites do I need to take if I don't have a bachelor's in computing?
If you don’t have a bachelor’s in computing, you need to reach out to the Graduate Program Coordinator to determine how your academic background prepares you for starting the program. The outcome of that discussion is a plan of study that includes the prerequisites you need to take.
What are the language prerequisites for admission for international students?
All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in the English language to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction. All other non-native speakers must take the TOEFL/IELTS or other English Testing exams and submit recent scores to our office as part of their application packet.
What are the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores?
The minimum scores are specific to the test type, and are as follows:
- TOEFL (Paper Based): 550
- TOEFL (Computer Based): 213
- TOEFL (Internet Based): 80
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
- TOEFL IPT* (Institution Administered): On case-by-case basis
- TOEIC* (Test of English for International Communication): On case-by-case basis
- PTE Academic: 59
What are the deadlines for TOEFL/IELTS test submission?
For additional questions related to TOEFL/IELTS test deadlines, please contact our Graduate School. Your application will not be considered complete until your test score has been submitted.
What are the tuition rates for this program?
See Tuition & Costs for full information on tuition, fees, and refunds.
Who is eligible for financial aid?
Graduate students who are enrolled in a degree program at least half time (5 or more credits per semester) and are a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen may be considered for Federal Financial Aid. Graduate students are reviewed for loans and work study. There are no Federal or University grants or scholarships awarded to graduate students by the UNH Financial Aid Office.
Do I qualify for financial aid as an eligible non-citizen?
Generally, you are an eligible non-citizen if you are (1) a permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551); (2) a conditional permanent resident (I-551-C); (3) the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee”, “Asylum Granted”, “Parolee” (I-94 confirms that you were paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”; or (4) the holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of “Victim of human trafficking”.
Are grants and scholarships awarded to UNH graduate students?
There are no Federal or University grants or scholarships awarded to graduate students by the UNH Financial Aid Office. Students who have been enrolled for a semester are eligible for graduate student appointments based on outstanding academic performance and strong recommendation letters from program faculty and graduate coordinator. These appointments are highly competitive, so please do not count on this as a way to fund your expenses.
Where can I find more information about student loans?
Financial Aid for graduate students is available in the form of Federal student loans. For more information and to fill out an application visit: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
How many courses can I transfer from another institution?
A maximum of two courses for up to eight semester credit hours are approved for transfer. Courses must be at the graduate level; cannot have been used or in the process of being used in earning another graduate degree; cannot have been taken while completing a bachelor's degree. A grade of B or better must be earned.
What do I do to get the courses transferred?
You have to provide an official transcript showing the credits and grades earned along with a Transfer Credit (External UNH) Request Form.
I have a master's degree from UNH and would like to do a second masters. Can I transfer graduate credits from my first master's into this program?
You may apply up to 12 credits earned in the first master's degree with approval of the Graduate Coordinator. Thesis or research credits from the first program may not be counted towards the requirements of the second program.
What is the deadline to register for classes?
If you register for fall courses, start the registration process as early as April prior to the fall semester. If you register for spring courses, start in October. This way you allow yourself time to consult with your advisor, who needs to approve your course registration. It also avoids the situation of not being able to register because the class is full. Student must meet with their faculty advisor prior to registering for their first semester of courses. This will be arranged at orientation.
When are the classes scheduled and what is their duration?
Classes are scheduled during the day or in the evening, weekdays, once a week per course. Class meetings start at 5:30 or 6:00 and take between 2 to 3 hours.
Are the classes online?
The learning model for the program's classes blends face-to-face time and interactions during the scheduled class meetings with online interactions facilitated by a variety of communication and collaboration tools. There are no exclusively online classes offered in the program at this time.
Where can I find course descriptions?
The Graduate School Online Catalog is the resource for course descriptions. Select Level- Graduate, Degree/Program- Master’s then search and click on the program link.
Are international students eligible for internships during the course of study?
Yes, international students are eligible for internships. The program requires that students enroll in at least 1-credit internship upon completion of 9 graduate credits in the program of study. For more information please contact Professor Karen Jin, Internship coordinator in the department. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is the best source to find answers to any question that international students have. We highly recommend that you contact the office with your questions.
How many internships can an international student do?
International students can participate in more than one internship as long as it meets institutional and immigration requirements. The Internship Coordinator will work with you to determine the appropriate credit hours for your specific internship opportunity. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authorization is required for all off campus internships that international students participate in. An Immigration Advisor will guide you on the use of CPT shortly after you begin your degree program.
When am I eligible for an internship?
The program academic rule states that students are required to
1. Enroll in at least one credit of their internship by enrolling in either COMP 890, COMP 891 or COMP 892 after successful completion of 9 credits in their program of study.
2. Complete a minimum of three credits in COMP 890 Internship as a graduation requirement.
It is important to note that the summer semester is not considered an official semester, therefore students who began the program in January are not required to register for an internship until the fall semester. However, they would be allowed to enroll in an internship during the summer semester and request CPT if offered an off-campus internship.
Visit this website for CPT requirements https://www.unh.edu/global/curricular-practical-training. For further details contact Christine.Rousseau@unh.edu.
Where can I go for help in finding an internship?
Career and Professional Success has several resources that can help in your internship search. You can meet individually with a career advisor to put together your customized internship searching plan; these appointments can be scheduled through our online system called Handshake. Handshake can also be used to find and apply for internship positions, learn about career fairs and events with employers, and track your internships. You should start your internship preparation as soon as possible; it takes 1-2 semesters of searching and networking before obtaining a position. Stop by Career and Professional Success in Suite 430 to begin your internship search!
Change of Degree
I'm currently enrolled in another master’s program at UNH and would like to enroll in this program. What's the procedure to change my degree to your department?
Instructions about how to change a degree to a different department at UNH are at: Change of Degree Form with Instructions . In a nutshell, you need to fill out a new application and submit two new letters of recommendation from faculty at UNH (one of which should be from your current advisor).
What is the deadline for changing my degree to your department?
Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 1
If you have any questions, please contact the UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus at 603-641-4313 or email@example.com.