Path to Degree

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Path to Degree

There are several paths students may take to complete a Carsey Master in Public Policy degree. Current UNH undergrads should consider the Accelerated option. Those who will have completed their undergraduate work can complete the program in 14-16 months, following several schedules.  These are illustrative, and other flexible options are possible.  

Accelerated Path for UNH Undergrads

For current UNH undergraduates, there is an exciting opportunity to accelerate the MPP program by taking up to 12 credits in approved electives during your junior or senior year. UNH STUDENTS! - Click here for information on Accelerated Masters paths.

Sample Paths to Degree 

1. Three Full-Time Semesters and Summer Internship: 16 Months

Fall January Term Spring Summer Fall 2
  • Strategy and Practice of Public Policy (PPOL 902)
  • Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (PPOL 906)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Policy Research (PPOL 908)
  • Elective
  • Washington, DC Colloquium (PPOL 950)
  • Economics for Public Policy (PPOL 904)
  • Policy Across Borders (PPOL 910)
  • Capstone Planning (PPOL 990A)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Internship
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Capstone Project (PPOL 990)

 2. Two Full-Time Semesters, Summer, and Part-Time Fall 2: 16 Months

Fall January Term Spring Summer Part-Time Fall 2
  • Strategy and Practice of Public Policy (PPOL 902)
  • Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (PPOL 906)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Policy Research (PPOL 908)
  • Elective
  • Washington, DC Colloquium (PPOL 950)
  • Economics for Public Policy (PPOL 904)
  • Policy Across Borders (PPOL 910)
  • Capstone Planning (PPOL 990A)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Internship
  • Elective
  • Capstone Project (PPOL 990)
  • Elective
  • Elective

 3. Two Full-Time Semesters and Two Summers: 14 Months

Summer 1 Fall January Term Spring Summer 2
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Strategy and Practice of Public Policy (PPOL 902)
  • Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (PPOL 906)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Policy Research (PPOL 908)
  • Elective
  • Washington, DC Colloquium (PPOL 950)
  • Economics for Public Policy (PPOL 904)
  • Policy Across Borders (PPOL 910)
  • Capstone Planning (PPOL 990A)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Internship
  • Elective
  • Capstone Project
    (PPOL 990)

4.  Part Time Student Path: 24 Months

Fall I January Term I Spring I Summer I
  • Strategy and Practice of Public Policy (PPOL 902)
  • Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (PPOL 906)
  • Washington, DC Colloquium (PPOL 950)
  • Economics for Public Policy (PPOL 904)
  • Policy Across Borders (PPOL 910)
  • Capstone Planning (PPOL 990A)
  • Elective
Fall II January Term  II Spring II Summer II
  • Quantitative Analysis for Policy Research (PPOL 908)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Internship
  • Capstone Project (PPOL 990)

5.  Part Time Student Path: 36 Months

Fall I January Term I Spring I Summer I
  • Strategy and Practice of Public Policy (PPOL 902)
  • Washington, DC Colloquium (PPOL 950)
  • Economics for Public Policy (PPOL 904)
  • Elective
Fall II January Term II Spring II Summer II
  • Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (PPOL 906)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Policy Research (PPOL 908)
  • Elective
  • Policy Across Borders (PPOL 910)
  • Capstone Planning (PPOL 990A)
  • Elective
Fall III January Term III Spring III Summer III
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Internship
  • Capstone Project (PPOL 990)

NOTE: With careful planning, MPP students could also complete an additional Graduate Certificate in topics such as Analytics; Sustainability Politics & Policy; or Public Health (in 14-24 months, total). Additional graduate certificate programs are in development. In general, 2 courses in a Graduate Certificate Program can “double count” toward the MPP.