How to Apply to Human Development and Family Studies Programs

Undergraduate Admission

First-year students entering UNH who wish to apply to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Human Development and Family Studies should contact the Office of Admissions. The admissions web site contains complete campus visit information and an online visitor registration. It also contains admission criteria and important dates, as well as an online application form.

Undergraduate students at UNH who have not declared a major or wish to transfer into Human Development and Family Studies from another UNH bachelor's degree program should apply directly through the Human Development and Family Studies Department.

Applications to transfer into the Human Development and Family Studies major are accepted twice per year. The deadline for applications submitted in the spring is March 1; the deadline for applications submitted in the fall is October 1.

Application to Transfer Form

Students enrolled at the Thompson School of Applied Science (or in any other associate degree program) should apply through the Office of Admissions.

For more information contact:

Erin Sharp
Phone: (603) 862-2151
Email: erin.sharp@unh.edu

Undergraduate students enrolled at institutions other than UNH should apply for transfer admission through the Office of Admissions.Undergraduate students enrolled at institutions other than UNH should apply for transfer admission through the Office of Admissions.

Graduate Admission

Students will follow graduate application procedures and be admitted for the semester during which they wish to enroll in courses for graduate credit and meet the current accelerated master’s policy. Accelerated master’s students cannot accept an offer of admission online; instead, admitted students are required to attend a mandatory meeting with one of the Graduate School’s Academic Assistants to review the details of the program.

1. Complete the UNH Graduate School’s on-line application

a.  Applicants for the Core Areas of Study Programs should choose program code HDFS FAM STDY:  MS: PJ44 in the on-line application.

online-application

2.  Pay the required application fee

3.  Ensure all supporting materials are sent directly to the UNH Graduate School
a.  Complete and load your personal statement to your application 
b.  3-Letters of recommendation

  • - Letters should address particular strengths that the applicant will bring to the program
  • - Letters should evaluate the applicant’s potential in their chosen field

c. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are received by the UNH Graduate School

4.   The department does not require the GRE for admission

Note:  Applications are not reviewed until all supporting materials are received by the Graduate School. 

Deadlines/Start Dates

  • Oct. 15 - start for spring senior year
  • Mar 15th - start fall of senior year

1.  Complete the UNH Graduate School’s on-line application

a.  Applicants for the Core Areas of Study Programs should choose program code  HDFS FAM STDY:  MS: PJ44 in the on-line application.

2.  Pay the required application fee

3.  Ensure all supporting materials are sent directly to the UNH Graduate School

a.  Complete and load your personal statement to your application

b.  Three Letters of recommendation

  • - Letters should address particular strengths that the applicant will bring  to the program
  • - Letters should evaluate the applicant’s potential in their chosen field

c .  Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

4.   The department does not require the GRE for admission

Applications are not received until all supporting materials are received.  The deadline to submit all full-time Core Areas application materials is January 15th.  All applications received by January 15th will be considered for department and university aid.  The deadline for part-time materials is May 15th.  Any applications received after January 15th will not be considered for department aid.  University or other sources of aid may be available. 

Applications for spring semester are accepted for the Core Areas of Study and are due by December 1st.  These applications are not considered for department aide.  University or other sources of aid may be available.

1.  Complete the UNH Graduate School’s on-line application

a.  Applicants for the Graduate Certificate: Adolescent Development  should choose program code  HDFS FAM STDY:  MS: PJ71 in the on-line application.

2.  Pay the required application fee

3.  Ensure all supporting materials are sent directly to the UNH Graduate School

a.  Complete and load your personal statement to your application

b.  Two Letters of recommendation

  • Letters should address particular strengths that the applicant  will bring to the program
  • Letters should evaluate the applicant’s potential in their chosen field

c .  Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

4.   The department does not require the GRE for admission

Fall semester applications for the Graduate Certificate Program are due at the Graduate School by May 15 

Spring semester applications for the Certificate Program are due by December 1st.

1.  Complete the UNH Graduate School’s on-line applicationa.

a.  Applicants for the Marriage and Family Therapy Programs should choose program code HDFS FAM STDY:  MS: PJ49 in the on-line application.

2.  Pay the required application fee

3.  Ensure all supporting materials are sent directly to the UNH Graduate Schoo

a.  Applicants to the MFT program are required to submit answers to five MFT-specific questions in lieu of the personal statement

Marriage and Family Therapy Questions:

  • Identify what you feel are the essential characteristics of a functional family.
  • Describe the reasons why you are interested in becoming a marriage and family therapist.
  • What do you think are the major challenges faced by contemporary marriage and family therapists?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • Identify your personal characteristics, skills, and experiences that will facilitate your success in achieving your professional goals.

b.  Three Letters of recommendation

  • Letters should address particular strengths that the applicant will bring to the program
  • Letters should evaluate the applicant’s potential in their chosen field

     c .  Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

4.   The department does not require the GRE for admission

Applications are not reviewed until all supporting materials are received.  The deadline to submit all full-time MFT application materials is January 15th.  All applications received by January 15th will be considered for department and university aid.  The deadline for part-time materials is May 15th.  Any applications received after January 15th will not be considered for department aid.  University or other sources for aid may be available.  Students who are admitted into the MFT Program may begin in the fall semester only.

Part-time admission to the Core Areas of Study Program is available on a case-by-case basis until May 15th to begin matriculation in the fall semester.  Interested applicants should contact Barbara Frankel, the Graduate Coordinator, for information.  An interview may be required.

Application for admission must be submitted to the Graduate School.