Application Checklist: How to Apply

Students standing in line, applying to graduate school.

Admission to the Carsey School’s graduate degree programs requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and the following items submitted during the graduate application process. See application deadlines


One official transcript should be sent directly to the UNH Graduate School from each institution you attended for at least 2 semesters. All submitted transcripts must be in English.

Personal Statement

This should be a clear, concise statement of your relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of your goals in pursuing your graduate degree.

3 Letters of Recommendation

These should include academic and professional references. References from family or friends are not accepted.


Test Scores*

  • Master in Community Development: The GRE is NOT required
  • Master of Public Administration: The GRE is NOT required.
  • Master in Public Policy: The GRE is required. Exceptions (with GRE Waiver):
    1. Current UNH Undergraduates 2. The LSAT

Only required for international applicants.

If an international applicant’s previous education was in English and they can provide documentation demonstrating their written facility with the English language, a TOEFL waiver can be requested.

*Note: Due to COVID-19, ETS is now offering at home testing for the GRE and TOEFL iBT. Details can be found online. If you experience difficulties in arranging to take your GRE exam, please email Sanjeev Sharma to discuss a possible waiver.

Application Fee: $65

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
Deadline to Apply

March 15

Spring Semester
Deadline to Apply

December 15

Summer Semester
Deadline to Apply

April 15
If you have additional questions during the application process, please contact the Carsey School Admissions team.