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Accelerated Master's Program

What Is An Accelerated Master's Program?

Qualified students at the University of New Hampshire may be permitted to take graduate-level courses during their Senior year. Such students must follow normal application procedures and be admitted for the semester during which they wish to enroll in courses for graduate credit. Qualifications include:

*Some departments consider students for Accelerated Master's admission on a case-by-case basis. If you do not see your desired program, then please contact the Graduate School for discussion.

What You Need To Know

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  • Eligible to take up to 12 graduate level credits towards a master's degree
    prior to receiving the bachelor's degree during the Senior year.
  • No additional tuition cost
  • Courses may be taken for graduate-only or dual credit


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  • Courses must be graduate level (800/900)
  • Must pass graduate courses with B- or better
  • Must maintain GPA of 3.2 or better

Becoming an Accelerated Master's Student

Accelerated master's students cannot accept an offer of admission online; instead, admitted students are required to attend a mandatory meeting with one of our Academic Assistants to review the details of the program. For more information, or to schedule a meeting, please contact the Graduate School (email: grad.school@unh.edu; phone: 603-862-3000) in Thompson Hall.

*Please note: If a 3.2 undergraduate GPA is not maintained, the bachelor’s degree is not awarded, or the prerequisite grades are not received, the offer of admission will be withdrawn and the student will no longer qualify for the graduate program.

Once the undergraduate degree is received the student will become a regular graduate student and fall under all Graduate School regulations and policy. This means being aware of our continuous registration policy, that full time graduate status is 9 or more credits, and that graduate tuition is higher than undergraduate tuition. For more information on policies and the responsibilities of being a graduate student please visit our online graduate student catalog.