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UNH: First-rate academics in America’s safest College town

“My first impression was that it was an incredible place to be… everyone is so welcoming and friendly.”Jaya Dofe, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Set amid New Hampshire’s striking countryside, just minutes from the charming beaches of the east coast, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) represents one of only nine land, sea and space grant universities in the US.

This school has delivered forward-facing, hands-on learning for more than 150 years, building a tradition of excellence that resonates around the globe. Named the 45th-best in America by Money Magazine, on top of earning a STARS Platinum rating for Sustainability, this institution’s accolades are incredibly hard to match.

And while prospective students are quick to judge elements such as academics, campus life and location – which are all, no doubt, a leading priority – factors such as safety are too often overlooked. If you are going to commit to spending the next few years of your life at an institution overseas, it is crucial you feel secure and comfortable.

Durham, New Hampshire – the home of UNH – has officially been named America’s safest college town, climbing up from number four achieved in last year’s list. On top of this, UNH has been named the Safest College in America, with the tight-knit, safe and serene community at UNH and Durham at large meaning students begin and end their education journey feeling accomplished and at ease.


“I first arrived [at UNH] in 2013,” says Jaya Dofe, an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student at UNH, originally from Nagpur. “I came a couple of days before orientation and we had time to visit Portsmouth downtown and Durham. It was incredible seeing the infrastructure, everything was clean and quite lush green,” she adds.

“I have lived on campus all five years. UNH is a very safe place. As a Ph.D. student, sometimes I come back at midnight, 2 a.m., and I have never felt like I’ve needed to rush home or anything,” Jaya said. “I have never worried about safety on-campus. We often go to Portsmouth, Dover, Newmarket and we never feel insecure.”

But it is ultimately a desire to learn that will inspire your UNH application. This is where UNH stands out from the crowd, promising leading academics in a quaint and friendly town. Boasting more than 100 major fields of study, UNH has a diverse range of potential program options. Whether you are set on a specific career or curious to see what is possible, you will discover plenty of tempting fields of study here at UNH — probably more than you could have imagined…

Graduate disciplines are where this university truly shines, producing highly qualified graduates ready to make waves in the professional world. Here are some of the school’s most popular offerings:

M.S. in Accounting

This nine-month full-time program ranks as the best in New Hampshire and the third-best in New England, also boasting an incredible graduate employment rate of 100 percent.

M.S. in Analytics

Delivered full-time over three semesters, this interdisciplinary program provides in-depth training in quantitative analysis, applications and reasoning, critical thinking and analytics.

MBA – Online

This innovative program gives students the chance to earn their degree in two to six years from anywhere in the world – perfect for working practitioners looking to advance their careers.

MBA – Full Time

A one-year, corporate-facing program that boasts a 94 percent graduate placement rate.

M.Eng. in Civil Engineering

The M.Eng. option is designed to facilitate completion of both B.S. and M.Eng. civil engineering degrees within five years.

M.A. in Community Development Policy and Practice

Here, students learn from experts of every college across New Hampshire, covering everything from economics and public health to organizational management and civil engineering.

M.S. in Computer Science

A program specifically designed to boost knowledge of computers, strengthen skills in software development and build research expertise.

Online Graduate Certificate in Data Science

Instils expertise in data science and quantitative analytics skills via a self-paced environment, purposely built for the person already working in analysis.

M.S. in Information Technology (Manchester)

This program provides the necessary foundation from which students can forge a professional career in information technology or for further studies in the complex computing discipline. This program is located on UNH’s campus in Manchester, the state’s largest, most diverse city and home to many businesses.

M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering

A bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering is normally required for admission to the graduate program, but students from other disciplines must have taken the equivalent of the UNH Mechanical Engineering undergraduate core courses to be adequately prepared for graduate-level coursework.

M.A. in Political Science

This is the perfect fit for enterprising students entering the teaching or research professions, as well as electoral politics and any other form of government work.

M.A. in Public Administration

A program that imbues the knowledge and expertise required to boost the quality of professional management offered to the public and non-profits in New England and the world.

M.A. in Public Policy

Specifically designed for tomorrow’s visionaries and change-makers, this course empowers graduates with the ability to form transformative policy and then bring them to fruition in today’s challenging world.

LLM in Intellectual Property

Benefit from one of the most comprehensive Intellectual Property (IP) curricula in the country, and immerse yourself in an extensive range of ground-breaking IP issues.

LLM in International Criminal Law and Justice

Here, practicing lawyers tackle the latest developments affecting the landscape of international criminal law.

Graduate education is a valuable investment in your future, allowing you to maximize your talent, experience and creativity, and hard work to achieve your greatest potential,” says Cari Moorhead, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the Graduate School at UNH, who came to the U.S. originally as an International Student herself. “The Graduate School works closely with the faculty to recruit talented and diverse students of the highest quality, ensure a challenging and contemporary curriculum and offer the tools to prepare you for leadership.

“Whether your studies will find you in Durham, Manchester, or pursuing research with colleagues around the world,” she concludes, “there’s no better way to explore and reach your full potential than with the University of New Hampshire.”

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