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 of 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, available at http://www.nec.edu/apply.
- A current resume
- Official transcripts from the institution that awarded the applicant the bachelor’s degree.
Other admissions requirements vary by program, and may include:
- Personal statement describing the student’s professional goals (length should be 750 words);
- Letter of recommendation, either professional or academic, attesting to the student’s ability and potential;
- 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.
For current requirements by program, please contact Graduate Admissions.
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 an English Language proficiency exam. Minimum accepted scores are: TOEFL 61, PTE 43, IELTS 5.5, Duolingo 50.
Send all application materials to:
New England College
Office of Graduate Admission
The School of Graduate and Professional Studies
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.