Master in Community Development: Gain the Skills to Make a Difference in Your Community

Master in Community Development students walking in a field.

Why Earn a Master in Community Development from the Carsey School of Public Policy?

Learn to Serve and Lead: Our online Master in Community Development will prepare you for building and sustaining strong communities through integration and collaboration across sectors — housing, health, finance, business development, jobs and more. This innovative program will give you the skills, know-how, connections and ideas to promote progress in communities across the United States and the globe.

The 14-month Community Development program is offered entirely online currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What Makes the Community Development Program Unique?

Your Community, Your Capstone

During the Master in Community Development program, you'll complete a yearlong capstone project. You'll learn firsthand the most effective methods for having the greatest impact while applying what you learn in the classroom to a real project in a community you care about.

What community or communities do you want to impact? Our students have left their marks and contributed to stronger, healthier communities all over the world

» Student Capstone Projects

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Education Funding: See tuition costs and financing opportunities, including scholarships and fellowships. Find Funding!

Partnership Programs: We offer education awards and a graduate credit program through partnerships with select government and nonprofit organizations. See our Partners!

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Meet Our Graduates

  • With Alum Jean Damascene Hakuzimana '20G (MCD)
    "I am in my second year and I am looking forward to learning more together with this incredible team!"       ~(MCD) Alum Jean Damascene Hakuzimana '20G — Concord, NH
    With Alum Jean Damascene Hakuzimana '20G (MCD)
    "I am in my second year and I am looking forward to learning more together with this incredible team!"       ~(MCD) Alum Jean Damascene Hakuzimana '20G — Concord, NH
  • With Alumni Jessica Amato '19G (MCD) & Parker LaRock '15, '20G (MCD)
    "If you told me 5 years ago that I would be making a positive impact on UNH and implementing change that would last, I wouldn’t have believed it…this program really does help empower you to make real positive change."       ~(MCD) Alum Parker LaRock, '15, '20G
    With Alumni Jessica Amato '19G (MCD) & Parker LaRock '15, '20G (MCD)
    "If you told me 5 years ago that I would be making a positive impact on UNH and implementing change that would last, I wouldn’t have believed it…this program really does help empower you to make real positive change."       ~(MCD) Alum Parker LaRock, '15, '20G
  • With Alum Hayley Collins '14G (MCD)
    "The master’s program provides an incredible opportunity to focus academic efforts on a topic that engages the student and supports direct benefits to the community."       ~(MCD) Alum Hayley Collins '14G
    With Alum Hayley Collins '14G (MCD)
    "The master’s program provides an incredible opportunity to focus academic efforts on a topic that engages the student and supports direct benefits to the community."       ~(MCD) Alum Hayley Collins '14G
  • With Alum Charlene Higgins '14, '18G (MCD)
    While crops are grown, community and collaboration roots are developed for new Americans at the New American Farmers Cooperative in Manchester, N.H. Charlene Higgins '14, '18G helped this...
    With Alum Charlene Higgins '14, '18G (MCD)
    While crops are grown, community and collaboration roots are developed for new Americans at the New American Farmers Cooperative in Manchester, N.H. Charlene Higgins '14, '18G helped this...
  • With Alum Parker LaRock '20G (MCD)
    "Through this program and the support of my peers and professors, I was able to design, create and implement a community development project based on my passion for mental health."       ~(MCD) Alum Parker LaRock '20G
    With Alum Parker LaRock '20G (MCD)
    "Through this program and the support of my peers and professors, I was able to design, create and implement a community development project based on my passion for mental health."       ~(MCD) Alum Parker LaRock '20G

Meet Ali Sekou, Master in Community Development Graduate

Ali Sekou ‘19G of Concord, N.H., was recently named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s annual 40 Under Forty list of outstanding residents across the state. A 2019 graduate of the Master in Community Development program at the Carsey School, Sekou serves actively within his community as a member of several organizations – including the Concord Library’s Trustees and the Islamic Society of Greater Concord. He immigrated to the United States from Niger in 2012 and almost immediately enrolled in school – that access to education helped “open the doors to opportunity.”