Graduate Professional Development

Students are encouraged to take advantage of professional development opportunities through the University and other avenues. The Graduate Program faculty and staff are available to advise you on presenting papers at conferences, applying for fellowships, independent study projects, research projects and initiatives, and becoming active in professional organizations. 

Professional Conferences 

The M.A. Program faculty are committed to providing academic and professional support for students interested in presentations and workshop participation at professional conferences. The Graduate Program may provide modest financial support for students who will be presenting a paper at professional conferences. Please see the Graduate Program Coordinator for more information regarding opportunities. 


For students interested in applying for fellowships related to their area of study, please contact your faculty advisor or the Graduate Program Coordinator. 

Independent Study 

Independent study projects are subject to the approval of your faculty advisor and the Graduate Committee. Please contact your faculty advisor if you are interested in graduate credit for independent study as part of your degree requirements. 

Professional Associations 

Graduate students are encouraged to become members of the relevant professional organizations. Student memberships are generally available. Information is available online, and informally through your faculty advisor,  M.A. Program Directors, and Graduate Program Coordinator. 

Student Association 

Graduate Student Association (GSO): represents all graduate students at UNH on student matters. The Board of the Association consists of one student from every graduate program department at the University. Click here for more information about the GSO or stop by the office at the MUB.