New England College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies follows a rolling admissions policy. The admissions committee for each degree program reviews applications when they are completed. Applicants are encouraged to use the graduate online application, found on the New England College website.
All graduate programs require a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or a demonstrated ability (typically a combination of academic and professional achievement) to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
Applicants who do not hold an earned degree or meet all criteria generally required for admission on the date of the application may be enrolled, but not admitted, at the discretion of the admissions committee for each degree program. The admission decision will specify the conditions for admission to a School for Graduate and Professional Studies degree program. Such enrollments, including non‐applicants who elect to take courses, are typically restricted to a maximum of nine credits.
To apply for admission, the following information is required:
- Completed application form accompanied by a $35 application fee, payable to New England College. The application form is available at http://www.nec.edu/apply.
- A current resume
- Personal statement describing the student’s professional goals.(Length should be 750 words) These requirements can be waived for specific circumstances, typically endorsement by an organization that has signed a memorandum of agreement with the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.
- Letter of recommendation, either professional or academic, attesting to the student’s ability and potential;
- Official transcripts from the institution that awarded the applicant the bachelor’s degree.
- For those seeking teacher certification, transcripts from all institution(s) from which the student earned credit are required.
- The admissions committee may require other transcripts from individual applicants and will inform those applicants of that requirement during the admissions process.
- For the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry program, a typewritten manuscript of 10 pages of recent poetry is required, as well as a brief autobiographical essay that cites the applicant’s literary influences, includes a self‐assessment of writing in terms of strengths and weaknesses, critically evaluates the applicant’s work, and clearly describes the personal goals associated with the MFA program.
- For the Master of Science in Accounting, candidates need to complete prerequisite undergraduate‐level courses in Quantitative Methods, Financial Accounting, and Management Accounting before the start of the Master’s program.
- For the Doctoral Program in Education program:
- Master’s degree required with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- At least 3‐5 years professional experience in the field • of education or higher education.
- Admission is selective with a limit of 10‐12 students in each concentration.
- No standardized tests required.
International applicants to the Master’s programs must have the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree. All international students are required to use a credentialing organization such as WES.org, ECE, or ACCRO. In addition, students for whom English is not the first language require a TOEFL score of 550 (pbt), 213 (cbt), 80 (ibt) or IELTS 6.5.
Send all application materials to:
New England College
Office of Graduate Admission
The School of Graduate and Professional
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, New Hampshire 03242
Policy on reapplying to SGPS programs
Applications to programs in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies are saved for one year. Deferred applications are valid for one year. After this time, you will be required to reapply and submit all required support documentation.
Transfer of Credits
For graduate degree programs, up to eight credits will be awarded for graduate courses taken at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education provided that the final 30 credits of any degree are earned at New England College. The completed course(s) must have a grade of “B” or better, and must be analogous to the NEC graduate course requirement for which credit is requested. Those applying to a program who wish to get more than eight transfer credits approved should submit a request in writing to the Program Director.
Doctorate of Education Transfer Credit Policy Beginning July 1, 2014 students entering the New England College Doctorate of Education program may transfer in up to four 4‐credit courses, pending approval by the program director and Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Transferred courses must be doctoral level courses and must directly align with courses offered in the doctoral curriculum. Students transferring in courses must still enroll and fully participate in all 15 courses in the doctoral curriculum. However, they will not be charged for the courses in the doctoral curriculum that are met by transferred courses.
Students receiving their Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) from NEC will be able to transfer courses in to meet four EdD courses. However, all students transferring in credits will need to take the full schedule of courses in the EdD program along with their cohort, but they will not be charged for the courses for which they can transfer in credits from their CAGS degree.
The courses that can be transferred include:
ED 7003 - Educational Leadership and Critical Issues can transfer in for
ED 8020 - Seminar in Critical Issues in the Future of Education (Year I, Summer II)
ED 5130 - Psychology of Learning Communities can transfer in for
ED 8030 - Seminar in Futuristic Organizational Theory (Year 1: Fall II)
ED 6140: Dynamics of Education Reform and Systems Change can transfer in for
ED 8070 - Seminar in Reforming Educational Practices (Year 2: Spring I)
ED 5260: Research Practica I and II can transfer in for
ED 8060 (HEA8060) - Dissertation Seminar I (Year 2: Summer II)