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Apply to Graduate School at UNH

With our online application process, applying is easy and convenient. The online application form is for anyone interested in applying to a degree or a certificate program, including both United States and international citizens, although international citizens will need to complete our pre-application process first.

The 1, 2, 3's of Applying to Graduate School

1 - Apply Online

  • Review our programs of study for deadlines, semesters open to applications and required supporting documents.
  • Use the Online Application Form to create an on-line application account.
  • Answer all sections and then click the "Application is Complete" button to submit your application and pay the non-refundable application fee. Note fee waivers are only approved under certain circumstances.
  • After submitting your application you are assigned a UNH Student ID (a 9-digit number begining with a 9). You will need this ID to submit your supporting documents.


2 - Submit Documents

student filling out online application


3 - Monitor Your Status

  • Application Status: You are responsible for monitoring the status of your application; learn how on our application status instructions page.
  • Admission Status: All official letters will be sent by email from the Graduate School office. Statements about admission from other sources are not official.
  • Accept or Pay Deposit, Decline, or Defer Offer: If you are admitted, and do not have to pay an enrollment deposit, you can respond to that offer of admission online using your myUNH account. If you program requires a deposit please see our enrollment deposit FAQ for instructions on how to accept and pay your deposit, decline, or defer your admissions.
  • Graduate Aid: Offers of assistantships will come directly from the department.

Important Addendum

Applicants are responsible for submitting the online application and any supporting materials directly to the UNH Graduate School (if mailing send to UNH Graduate School - Thompson Hall - 105 Main Street - Durham NH 03824). Do not send or address any materials to the department of study. Applicants are also responsible for monitoring the status of their application to make sure it is complete. All application materials become the property of the University of New Hampshire and will not be returned, duplicated, or forwarded to a third party at any time.

Application Fee Waivers

Application fee waivers are available for McNair Scholars, current UNH Graduate Students starting another program, members of the armed forces (but not their families) and veterans, students currently enrolled in the UNH Gate City ESOL program, applicants to the TRRE program, or undergraduates who participate in CFAR (Center for Academic Resources) and have been certified as eligible for a waiver based on their financial need status. Applicants are also eligible for a fee waiver if you have served or are serving in AmeriCorps or City Year. All other applicants must pay the application fee ($65 for Master's/EDS/Ph.D. programs, $25 for certificate programs) in order to have their application completed and reviewed. If you are requesting a waiver please indicate this on your application and the reason you are requesting it.


New Hampshire residents wishing to claim in-state residency must submit a residency form with their application materials. Veterans currently residing in New Hampshire who wish to claim in-state residency must complete a residency form for veterans and submit the form with their application materials.

Until in-state status is proven, applicants will be considered as out of state residents. For more information see the graduate school residency policy. Note: If you live in New England, you may be eligible for the New England Regional (NER) tuition discount program.

Social Security Numbers

The University of New Hampshire is requesting your Social Security number (SSN) to comply with federal and state reporting requirements regarding students attending the institution. You must provide your SSN if you are applying for financial aid. The institution is required by the Internal Revenue Code and other federal laws to report names and SSN's of students who receive financial aid. The institution will not disclose an applicant's SSN to anyone outside the institution except as mandated by law or institutional policy.

UNH Accounts and your UNH ID

After you complete and submit your online application you will be provided with your UNH Student (Common) ID, a nine digit number that begins with the number 9. Within one business day of being given that UNH ID you can then use it to activate your myUNH account (if you have not done so already) and track your application status.

If you become a student (or are already a student) at UNH, you will also be assigned a UNH Email account that will be used for all official communications. Until you receive your UNH email account we will use the email address that you provided on your application.