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

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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 combines online classes held fall through spring with 2-week summer terms at the UNH Durham campus.

Application deadlines:

  • Summer: May 1 (for 2020 Summer starts)
  • Fall: July 1 (preferred); August 15 (final)
  • Spring: December 15

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What Makes the Community Development Program Unique?

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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

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Curriculum Information:

Application Checklist: Your list of requirements to apply to the Carsey School (no GRE required). Get the Checklist!

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!

Meet Our Graduates

  • 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 Tyler Mac Innis '12G (MCD)
    "What this program does best is it prepares students to be able to recognize where problems actually exist." ~(MCD) alumni Tyler Mac Innis '12G
    With Alum Tyler Mac Innis '12G (MCD)
    "What this program does best is it prepares students to be able to recognize where problems actually exist." ~(MCD) alumni Tyler Mac Innis '12G
  • With Alum Hannah MacBride '07, '13G (MCD) & Marisa Rafal '19, '20G (MPP)
    The annual NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge serves as an important platform for UNH System students and alumni, as well as New Hampshire residents, to promote their...
    With Alum Hannah MacBride '07, '13G (MCD) & Marisa Rafal '19, '20G (MPP)
    The annual NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge serves as an important platform for UNH System students and alumni, as well as New Hampshire residents, to promote their...

The MCD for Working Professionals with Student Maureen Beauregard

Learn how the Master of Arts in Community Development degree program at the Carsey School of Public Policy prepares and shapes our students for successful careers as community organizers, fundraising and development leaders, government agency managers, policy advocates, program administrators, project managers, and more.

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Summer Semester
Deadline to Apply
 
May 1
 

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Have questions or want to discuss which one of the Carsey School's programs is right for you? Schedule a time for us to talk:

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Dan Bromberg, Director of Academic Programs

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Robin Husslage, Program Manager

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