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Graduate Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements for International Applicants Seeking a Master's Degree:

  • Submit a complete Online Application for International Graduate Students with a NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee of $75.00. You will be required to pay the application fee online using a valid credit card. Your application will NOT be processed without the application fee.  The $75 application fee cannot be waived under any circumstances.

  • A. Applicants who have already completed their Bachelor's degree must submit:
    1- Certified official copies of all university/college academic transcripts.
    2- Proof of a bachelor's degree completion from an accredited university or college.
    This includes mark sheets, academic transcripts, grade reports, final examination results, diplomas, and degree certificates from every college or university attended showing dates attended, course titles, grades obtained, credit hours if any, and the conferral of a bachelor's degree.
    3- An explanation of your university/college grading system must also be provided along with your transcripts. Many foreign universities issue transcripts with a clear explanation of their grading system on the back or on the last page of the transcript.

    B. Applicants who have completed the first term of their final year but have not yet received their final Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma may still apply by providing their year-to-date certified official mark sheets or academic transcripts and a letter (or a provisional degree certificate) from their college/university stating their anticipated graduation date. In other words, evidence that the applicant has completed, or is in the process of completing, a university-level bachelor's degree program must be provided.  Transcripts showing 6 semesters only are not acceptable.  Transcripts must show at least 7 semesters of academic course work.

    - Indian applicants must submit detailed semester-by-semester mark sheets/academic transcripts.  CONSOLIDATED mark sheets alone are not acceptable.

    - UNH only accepts 3-year bachelor degrees from India if they have an "A", "A+" or a "Five Star" rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).  Students must have also graduated in the 1st or 2nd division.  A proof of the university or college NAAC rating must be provided along with the applicant's transcripts.  This applies to the following 3-year-bachelor degrees : the B. Com 3-year degree , the B.Sc 3-year degree , and the B.B.A. 3-year degree. Indian applicants with 3-year degrees may submit an additional year of a Master's degree or a one year Post Graduate Diploma from a recognized university in order to be considered for admissions.

    -Chinese applicants are strongly encouraged to verify their transcripts by China Qualifications Verification agency CDGDC and submit their verifications along with their transcripts.

  • Submit word-for-word certified or attested English translations in the same format as the official document if the official document is not in English. It is important that everything on the official document be translated. Translations must be done by a bona fide translating agency in your country or in the U.S.

  • We highly recommend you submit an official evaluation of foreign academic credentials -also known as a course-by-course credential evaluation-for all your university-level academic work done outside the United States.  This evaluation will help us in processing your application quickly and in determining proper course waivers. Please contact one the following professional credential evaluation agencies and request a comprehensive course-by course with GPA evaluation for all your academic transcripts:
    - The World Education Services or
    - The Educational Credential Evaluators or
    - SpanTran Education Services
    - One Earth International Credential Evaluations

    Applicants from Nigeria and Ghana must submit an official course- by-course evaluation along with their transcripts. Please contact one of the above professional credential evaluation agencies and request a comprehensive course-by course evaluation for your transcripts.

  • Submit two letters of recommendation in English. These letters must come from professors or employers who can attest to your attainments and potential for success at the graduate level. No special format is required. However, you may ask your 2 recommendors to complete our Graduate Recommendation Form.

  • Submit a resume or C.V. reflecting your work experience (if applicable). However, students with no work experience can still apply.

  • As of the Fall 2013 term, all non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language competency by providing a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet based test (iBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. The University of New Haven School Code for TOEFL is 3663.

    • Completion of the ELS Certificate of Level 112-EAP Program-is also accepted in lieu of either the TOEFL or IELTS for most -but not all- graduate majors. For more information on ELS-New Haven, please go to www.els.edu/newhaven.

    • Please note that the M.S. program in Human Nutrition-Nutritional Genomics, the M.S. program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, the M.S. program in Professional Education, and the Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice do not accept the EAP-ELS Level 112 certificate or any other English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate. Please see the additional requirement section below for details.

    • Exception: The minimum TOEFL score will remain at 75 IBT and the minimum IELTS score will remain at 6.0 for the following graduate-master's level-engineering degrees ONLY:
    • M.S. Computer Engineering
    • M.S. Electrical Engineering
    • M.S. Engineering and Operations Management
    • M.S. Environmental Engineering
    • M.S. Industrial Engineering
    • M.S. Mechanical Engineering
    • M.S. Network Systems
  • Complete and submit the Financial Statement for International Students Form (FSIS) accompanied by an original bank statement from your sponsor showing adequate funds. The bank statement must be in English, signed by a bank official and dated within six months of the intended term of admission at UNH.  To download the FSIS form, click here.
  • Submit a clear copy of your passport information page with your complete name, date of birth, country of birth and country of citizenship.

  • Applicants who are currently residing in the U.S. must submit clear copies of their U.S. visa stamp, I-94 card, I-20 (if any), I-797 (if any) and all other immigration documents.

The following majors have additional requirements for admission:

A) Mechanical Engineering (M.S.), Electrical Engineering (M.S.), Network Systems (M.S.) and Forensic Science- Criminalistics (M.S.) require the GRE test scores.

B) MBA, Management of Sports Industries (MS) and the dual degrees in MBA/MPA and MBA/MSIE applicants must submit:

  • GMAT or GRE test scores.
  •  The verbal and quantitative GMAT or GRE scores will be examined separately for strength.
    Important note: Your application will remain incomplete and you will not be given an admission decision until you have submitted your GMAT or GRE score report to the International Graduate Admissions office.

C) Human Nutrition-Nutritional Genomics applicants must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of "B" or better (3.0 out of 4.0).
  • Completion of 3 credits of Biochemistry with a minimum grade of “B” or better.
  • Completion of 4 credits in Anatomy and Physiology with a minimum grade of "B" or better.
  • Minimum IBT TOEFL score of 80 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. The EAP-ELS level 112 certificate and other English as a Second Language (ESL) certificates are not accepted for Human Nutrition-Nutritional Genomics.
  • Applicants who wish to become Registered Dietitians, must submit an International Credential Evaluation along with their foreign transcripts . Please click on this link provided by the American Dietetic Association for more details.

D) Cellular and Molecular Biology applicants must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of "B+" or better (3.3 out of 4.0).
  • Minimum IBT TOEFL score of 85 or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. The EAP-ELS level 112 certificate and other English as a Second Language (ESL) certificates are not accepted for Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • As of Winter 2013, the GRE test scores will be required as follows: Verbal: greater than or equal to 18%; Quantitative: greater than or equal to 50% ; Analytical Writing: greater than or equal to 11%. 

E) Professional Education applicants must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • A 500 word personal statement describing the student's intent and reasons for pursuing a Professional Education, M.S.degree at UNH.
  • A minimum IBT TOEFL score of 85, PTE of 57 or 7.0 on the  IELTS test.
  • No conditional admission will be given for this degree.
  • ELS level 112 certificates will not be accepted for the Professional Education, M.S. degree. 

F) Ph.D. in Criminal Justice applicants must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  •  A minimum GPA of "B+" (or 3.5 out of 4) for the final two years of undergraduate study, or a 3.5 GPA for all masters level coursework.
  • A minimum GRE total score of 300.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • An academic or other professional writing sample.
  • A 500 word personal statement describing the student's background, goals, and reasons for pursuing the Ph.D. degree at UNH.
  • A minimum IBT TOEFL score of 100 or 7.5 on the  IELTS test.
  • No conditional admission will be given for this degree.
  • ELS level 112 certificates will not be accepted for the Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice. 

Application Deadlines for International Students:
The Graduate school is on a TRIMESTER system, which means there are THREE terms that students can begin most programs.

  • For the Fall Trimester, beginning in early September each year, the deadline is May 31st.
  • For the Winter Trimester, beginning in early January each year, the deadline is October 31st.
  • For the Spring Trimester, beginning in early April each year, the deadline is January 31st.
  • It is highly recommended that you apply and submit ALL the above documents at least one month before the deadlines.
  • Any applications received after the above deadlines will automatically be deferred to the next trimester.
Please note: The following master's degree programs have limited intakes:
  • Computer Science will admit students for the Fall and Winter terms only.
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology will admits students for the Fall and Winter terms only.
  • Forensic Science will admit students for the Fall term only.  Applications for Forensic Science must be submitted by March 1st.
  • Human Nutrition (Nutritional Genomics) will admit students for the Fall term only.
  • Electrical Engineering will admit students for the Fall and Winter terms only.
  • Mechanical Engineering will admit students for the Fall and Winter terms only.
  • Network Systems will admit students for the Fall and Winter terms only.
  • The Ph.D. program is Criminal Justice will admit students for the Fall term only.

Sending Your Documents By Mail:
Once you complete the submission of your online application, please mail all the above-mentioned documents (items 2-10) to the address below. We recommend you use a special courier such as FEDEX, DHL, or UPS:

Our mailing address is:
University of New Haven
Office of International Graduate Admissions
Echlin Hall-Room 210
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT  06516
U.S.A.

Important Note: we do not accept any scanned, emailed or faxed copies of transcripts, recommendation letters or any other required academic or financial documents. All documents must be submitted by mail. 

Application Processing Time
:
Application processing time is typically 6 weeks from the date your file becomes complete. Processing time may be extended if certain required academic or financial documents are missing. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you send us all of the above required documents in one package/envelope to avoid any unnecessary delays.

Once we receive your documents in the mail, you will be notified via e-mail about the status of your application on a regular basis.

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