University of New Hampshire-Department of Security Studies

Why you should consider this program

The Global Conflict and Human Security program at UNH, prepares students to lead international development programs that enhance human security and promote durable peace. It cultivates a deep understanding of the challenges facing people in conflict-affected and fragile states. Students sharpen their problem-solving skills and learn strategies for building resilient communities through project-based courses taught by researchers, humanitarians and development practitioners.

This online program is ideal for working professionals. Students build essential skills in data collection and analysis, and project design, monitoring and evaluation. The multi- course capstone experience provides an opportunity for students to connect theory to practice and hone their skills by designing and implementing a development project in their community. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills and leadership experience necessary to excel in the public, non-profit, non-governmental and private sectors.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 17,063 $ 4,266 $ 12,797
Out of state $ 19,013 $ 4,753 $ 14,260
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

25% discount off tuition/fees

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities


Application fee waived?



Students take courses on research methods, statistics, project design, implementation and evaluation. These skills are applied through a multi-course capstone project that contributes to community development. Examples of internship sites include the International Institute of New England refugee resettlement organization, the YWCA, and Friends Forever International youth leadership organization. Coverdell Fellows are given the opportunity to identify their own internships at organizations that meet the needs of an underserved American community.

Jobs for program alumni

UNH graduates are employed at the Red Cross, US State Department, Easter Seals, United Way, and more.

Other details

Program length

1 year of full-time study, 2 years of part-time study

Application requirements

Official transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation, motivation statement, resume

Program begins

mid-August and mid-January

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program

Coverdell Fellows may receive the full award package while studying halftime or more. All courses are offered online.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Katherine Carlman, GCHS Program Assistant

88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101