FAQs For Prospective Graduate Students


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: March 1 (for funding); April 1 (for all, except UNH accelerated M.S. students for whom the deadline is August 1)
  • Spring: December 1

International students need to allow enough time to apply for a visa after being admitted to the program. For those who apply for the fall semester, most financial aid offers are made in early March. The ability to obtain financial aid after that time is very limited. There is also very little aid available for spring applicants.

Yes. Official scores from ETS are required and official transcripts are required. Please do not mail your official documents to the ECE department. They should be sent directly to the Graduate School.

We take a holistic view of all your application materials, so we do not have an absolute GRE or GPA minimum. However, in most cases applicants should have a GRE Quantitative score at 50th percentile or higher, and a GRE Analytic Writing score of at least 3.0, and a GPA above 3.0 on a 4-point scale. For international students, the university requires that an applicant's TOEFL (Internet Based) score be at least 80, or have an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Only if you took the test more than five years ago. Scores older than five years are not accepted.

This information can be found on the UNH Graduate School website.


Visit the Graduate School website for complete information.


It takes the Graduate Committee roughly three weeks to review an application. After a decision has been made, we will inform the Graduate School and they will let you know our decision.

Seniors 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.  A 3.20 cumulative grade-point average is normally required to be considered for admission to the accelerated master's program however, the requirement to submit GRE results is waived. 

Many of our graduate students receive financial aid, often in the form of teaching assistantships, and research assistantships, as well as full and partial scholarships. For more information, go to the Graduate Appointments page.

Please note that (graduate assistantships or fellowship applications require an ECE Faculty member to champion your case). So we (encourage) prospective students to review our Faculty Directory and start communicating with faculty (as early as possible).