2021-2022 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2021-2022 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Enrollment and Admissions

Graduate Admission


Telephone: 603-428-2252

Professional training and advanced academic experience is important when building a career, earning a positive reputation, and enriching your life. The Graduate and Professional Studies programs at New England College provide learning experiences in a variety of fields and specialties. We understand everyone has different learning styles and schedules, so our programs are built to be versatile, comprehensive, and enjoyable on campus, online, hybrid, or at one of our off-campus instructional locations. Expert faculty, real world experience, and proven curriculums make our educational engagement rich. Whether you are a working professional, recent graduate, career‐changer, or someone seeking a more thorough knowledge in your field, we believe New England College is where you belong. Additional information can be found by emailing us here or visiting our admissions webpages:

How to Apply

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 our rigorous graduate programs.

Applicants who do not hold an earned undergraduate 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.

Application Materials

  • Completed application form, 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. For current requirements by program, please consult the appropriate program page on the New England College Website or contact Graduate Admissions.

International Graduate Admission

International applicants to the Master’s programs must have the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree. All international transcripts are required to have a credentialing organization such as WES or ECE conduct an official evaluation, to be issued directly to New England College. 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: 90

Application Materials

  • Completed application form, available at http://www.nec.edu/apply
  • Declaration of Finances
  • English Language Score (or an official transcript of degree earned in the U.S.)
  • Provisional Certificate and Consolidated Marks evaluated by credential organization (or an official transcript of degree earned in the U.S.)

International transfer students also require:

  • Copy of I20

Other admissions requirements vary by program. For current requirements by program, please contact Graduate Admissions.

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
Fax: (603)428‐2252


Additional Instructions for Veterans

In keeping with the founding mission of the College, NEC, which has been designated a “Military Friendly” school, welcomes students with military service (all branches: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserves), providing substantial financial assistance and support services. Updated information on this military and veteran educational benefits program is posted on our website at www.nec.edu. Each semester, military identified students are offered priority registration for on campus registration. Students are able to register an additional 1-3 days early.

Veteran applicants (or dependents of a Veteran) should submit a copy of DD-214, Certificate of Eligibility (or DD2384 for Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, MGIB-SR) for verification of eligibility for veteran educational benefits. Applications for veteran benefits may be obtained directly from the VA by visiting www.benefits.va.gov. In addition to the steps listed above in the “How to Apply” section, you must arrange for transcripts to be sent to New England College. Military transcript requests (JST, SMART, AARTS, CCAF, etc.) for various branches may be made through the ACE link here: www.acenet.edu/Programs-Services/Pages/Credit-Transcripts/Request-Transcripts.aspx. JSTs may be requested directly through this site: jst.doded.mil/jst/.

For more information, veterans are encouraged to visit www.nec.edu, and type “veterans” in the search bar in the upper right hand corner of the home page.

New England College meets or exceeds requirements of the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) regarding the recruitment and enrollment of active duty service members. In particular, New England College does not provide commission or bonus payments to anyone involved with recruitment, enrollment, or awarding of financial assistance. Further, NEC recruiters do not make multiple unsolicited contacts, or engage in same-day recruitment and registration tactics for the purpose of securing service member enrollments.

Non-Degree Special Students

Special students are students who wish to take courses with New England College without admission into a degree program. Students may wish to do this for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Students attending and planning to graduate from another college or university but wish to spend a term or more at New England College;
  • Students needing to take additional undergraduate credits in order to meet graduate program pre-requisites or professional continuing education requirements;
  • Students wanting to take courses for personal or professional enrichment;
  • High School students taking courses under a dual credit agreement;

To take courses as a non-degree special student, contact the Registrar’s Office registrarsoffice@nec.edu or 603-428-2203.

Financial aid is not available for special students.

Special students may take any course for which they meet the prerequisites (proof of eligibility may be required). Students who wish to pursue a degree and exceed 16 credits are encouraged to matriculate. Special students interested in graduate courses require permission of the program director.

Deferred Applications and Readmission

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. International students will be required to update their application documents if they defer admission longer than 1 term.

Students who seek readmission to their New England College graduate degree program must reapply through Graduate Admissions after they have been absent for one year. Students must submit transcripts from any college or university attended since leaving New England College. Students will normally be readmitted under the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.