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Thank you for your interest in our Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program.  We are here to help guide you through the application process and are available to answer any questions you may have about your application.  

This low-residency master’s program can be completed in 14 to 24 months and combines short, in-person summer terms with online fall through spring terms. Most students start the program in the summer which is held in person on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH.  Students can also choose to begin the program in the fall or spring terms.  See the application deadlines below based upon the chosen term start.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

The following chart summarizes what is required for application to the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program. Be sure to download the Application Checklist to record important information and to monitor your progress.

Application Requirements Description
Application Method Must be submitted online
Application Deadline*

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer Term: April 15 (primary starting term)
  • Fall Start: July 1
  • Spring Start: December 15
Application Fee $65 USD
Letters of Reference Three (3) academic or professional letters of reference are required (submitted online)
Resume A current resume must be emailed to
Personal Statement A short personal statement including relevant past experiences (academics, research, and/or work experience), areas of interest, and goals in pursuing a master's degree. Please email to
Undergraduate Degree BA, BS, or equivalent is required from an accredited university.
Transcripts One set of official transcripts should be sent directly to the UNH Graduate School from each college/university you attended for two or more semesters.

Not required. Can be submitted if you wish.

TOEFL Only required if English is not your first language.
New Hampshire Residency Form Only required if you are a New Hampshire resident and wish to take advantage of the In-State discounted tuition. Complete the Statement of Residence form and submit to the UNH Graduate School.
International Applicants

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to insure visa’s and other necessary paperwork are received in a timely manner.  After acceptance of admission into the program, international students will receive an email from the Office of International Students and Scholars office (OISS). This email will ask you to complete a form online and upload necessary documents like a passport, proof of financial support and other pertinent information. International students will also be required to purchase Travel Health Insurance if medical coverage for travel within the United States is not provided by your organization (must include: medical evacuation and repatriation and offer “ACA Comparable Benefits”). For information on additional international student requirements and documents that may be needed, please consult the UNH International Students website.

*While applications received after the deadline may be considered, to receive priority consideration for financial aid, please submit your application by the deadline. Please check with the UNH Graduate School for graduate financial aid deadlines.

Application Checklist

All application materials for the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program must be submitted online through the University of New Hampshire Graduate School. Application materials as well as more specific details regarding the application process are available at the UNH Graduate School website.

 Download Application Checklist

Checking your Application Status

(Note:  It may take up to one or two business days before you will be able to view your application online. If you are unable to see your application after that time, please contact the UNH Graduate Office at 603-862-3000):

  1. Log in to the MyUNH website using your myUNH IT ID Username and Password.
  2. Click on the “WebCat App.
  3. Click on the Admissions tab from the top bar.
  4. Under the Processed Applications section, select the Admission Term you chose to start your degree.
  5. You will see your Application Summary which includes your Application Status
    (Note:  The Graduate Admissions Office does not use the Application Preference, so this will always be “Not Entered”. The Admission Type is used to indicate any special admission status that may be assigned to your application; otherwise it will be blank.)

In addition, all applications are verified internally and this process can take up to two to five days. Until your application is verified, you will have an admit type of “Unprocessed Web Applicant.” This status type will be removed once our office has completed the verification of your application.​

Financial Aid

Learn more about what financial aid options are available to you.


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Admissions Information:
Sanjeev Sharma


“Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly, producing a comfortable and respectful learning environment where we all feel free to share our experiences and opinions and learn from one another. I've been so pleased that, despite the vast differences in backgrounds and experiences, we all share in an ideal of how we'd like to affect the world.”

- Elizabeth Lee