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Ready to Influence Policy and Have a Fulfilling Career? Discover the Master in Public Policy (MPP) program at the Carsey School!

Learn about the MPP's Washington, D.C., trip!

Read our blog article: What Can I Do with a Master in Public Policy?

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About the Master in Public Policy programThe Master in Public Policy (MPP) program prepares you with the tools you’ll need to make a difference and create change in the policymaking world. You’ll learn how to build transformative, sustainable solutions to societal problems through research and analysis, and how to strategically communicate those ideas and bring them to fruition. Learn more

Key information: 

  • In person on the University of New Hampshire’s Durham campus
  • Students typically complete the program in 16 months
  • Meet with policymakers at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., during annual D.C. Colloquium
  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall Term Start (typical) – August 15 (July 15 recommended for International applicants to allow time for receipt of documents and securing a visa)
    • Spring Term Start – December 15

Potential careers: Advocate, communications professional, government affairs personnel, elected official, government relations officer, community outreach partner

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About the Master in Community Development programIdeal for working professionals, our Master in Community Development (MCD) degree will prepare you for a variety of careers by training you through real-world experiences while connecting you to community-based partners and practitioners. Learn more

Key information: 

  • Entirely online – 14 months to complete
  • Engage in a four-term Capstone Project in your community
  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall Term Start (typical) – July 15
    • Spring Term Start – December 15

Potential careers: NGO officer, community development coordinator, international development officer, nonprofit manager, program coordinator

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Ranked in the Top 10 for Campus Safety: Every day at the University of New Hampshire, we put into practice our mission of student safety. That’s why we are consistently ranked one of the top-10 safest college campuses in the country. We are proud to be a nationwide leader on this important ranking because it defines our community. You will feel safe here. Learn more

UNH is STARS Platinum Rated in Sustainability:  As a public land-, sea- and space-grant institution, UNH has been dedicated to the public good for 150 years. This STARS Platinum rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) places UNH at the highest level of sustainability performance among colleges and universities. UNH's Platinum rating was made possible through a long-term, concerted, and university-wide effort that engaged faculty, staff, and students. Learn more

The Carsey School is proud to offer our students a variety of financial aid options:

Carsey Scholarships: All students are eligible to apply for a needs-based, partial tuition scholarship to augment their financial contributions to their education. Students can complete a scholarship application after they have submitted their application to their Carsey graduate degree program. Award notifications will be sent to students after they have received an offer of admission. Learn more

Fellowship Programs:  The Carsey School offers unique Fellowship opportunities for both the MCD and MPP programs. These fellowships provide additional financial assistance with funding student education while expanding their learning and networking opportunities. Learn more

The Carsey School believes students learn best by applying their knowledge, skills, and tools from the classroom to real-world challenges. These opportunities are provided through capstone community projects, policy research capstones, and internships:

MCD Capstone Experience: Students in the MCD program complete a four-term Capstone project as the culmination of their graduate work. The Capstone is designed to provide them with an opportunity to directly apply theories learned in the classroom to a major applied project within their communities. Students take a series of project courses over four semesters in design, implementation, management, and monitoring/evaluation while carrying out their community project. This provides an ideal learning experience for our students while also benefiting a community. Learn more

MPP Policy Capstone & Internship Experience: Students in the MPP program engage with a policy-related organization to complete an internship, typically carried out during the summer term. Students also complete a policy-related capstone project under the direction of faculty mentors and outside experts to demonstrate the integration of their learning experiences in the program. This not only provides the opportunity to broaden and deepen the student’s learning in a specific policy area but also enhances post-graduation employment choices. Learn more

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is here to welcome you. They provide immigration advising and support and coordinate programs to bring our international, campus and local communities together. OISS will help you discover opportunities at UNH to immerse yourself in American culture and share your own traditions with others from the U.S. and from around the globe. Visit the OISS website for information about getting a visa, arranging housing, their in-depth orientation programs, and resources on topics including adjusting to living in another culture, adapting to the U.S. educational system, visiting area attractions and much more.

Need financial assistance? Check out OISS’s Funding Your U.S. Studies webpage for more information about funding your education as an international student. At the OISS, their goal is to help you achieve your academic goals — to learn, grow and have fun while doing so. Visit the OISS website

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Meet Members of the Carsey Community

"Genuine, empathetic and passionate people inspire my work."       ~Jolan Rivera
With Alum Safiya Adamu '15G (MCD)
Safiya Adamu knew that pursuing a masters degree would be a scary and tough endeavor however, she knew it was something she needed to do. She was excited to meet classmates from variety backgrounds and embrace their differences.
With Alum Jiedine Phanbuh '19G (MPP)
The Carsey School of Public Policy’s Washington, D.C., colloquium program inspired master in public policy degree student Jiedine Phanbuh '...

Master in Public Policy Washington, D.C., Trip

Between our weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., and guest speakers on campus during Fall and Spring semesters, our Master in Public Policy students have the opportunity to learn from a long list of policy practitioners with years of on-the-ground experience.

The Washington, D.C., trip gives students front-row access to meetings with public policy institutions. Students learn about career paths across multiple sectors (e.g., government, non-profit organizations, think-tanks, research institutes, organizations that do international work), discuss the current policy landscape, and connect with working professionals for networking and career-building opportunities. Learn more

A screenshot of a map showing Carsey School master in community development projects worldwide

Master in Community Development Capstone Projects

Students in the Master in Community Development program complete a four-term Capstone project as the culmination of their graduate work. The Capstone is designed to provide them with an opportunity to directly apply theories learned in the classroom to a major applied project within their communities. Students take a series of project courses over four semesters in design, implementation, management and monitoring/evaluation while carrying out their community project. This provides an ideal learning experience for our students while also benefiting a community. Learn more