City Year Alumni University Partnership

City Year Alumni University Partnership

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy is proud to be a partner of City Year's Alumni University Partnership Program. The partnership builds on the University's international leadership and ties directly to UNH's Strategic Plan for 2020.

What do City Year applicants gain from the master's program?

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program will prepare you for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in the field of sustainable community development. The low-residency format allows students to maintain their professional careers while earning their graduate degree in 14 or 24 short months. The interdisciplinary nature of the program equips students with the substantive knowledge and practical skills required to analyze and diagnose the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development. Through a yearlong project of their own design, students are guided by experienced faculty in addressing the interconnected complexities found in every community here in the United States or around the globe. They engage with, and are inspired by fellow students who bring their work experience, professional networks, enthusiasm, and life stories to the classroom.

What makes our program unique?

  • This interdisciplinary program offers courses across academic disciplines, especially the social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and management.
  • It is an applied academic program with a variety of courses designed so students are exposed to and are provided with tools that are readily applicable to real-world situations.
  • The master's program has a "blended /hybrid" format that is designed for working professionals with combined in-person and online learning. Most students begin the program in the summer term (end of May or early June) each year when students travel to UNH's Durham campus for three weeks to engage with and learn from faculty members and fellow students in person. This is followed by fall, winter (optional), and spring academic terms that are all delivered interactively online. Students then return to UNH's Durham campus in the summer of the following year for another three weeks to complete their degree, if enrolled in the 14-month program.  Students choosing the 24-month program will finish up their remaining courses during the following fall and spring terms.See examples of the course schedules by clicking on the link: Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice Course Schedule.

What benefits does the master's program offer to City Year Applicants?

City Year applicants are offered up to $7,000 in tuition scholarships during the first summer, fall, spring, and second summer terms. The precise amount of the scholarship amount is based upon years of service. For more detailed information on scholarship amounts and eligibility, click here.

How can City Year Applicants be part of the master's program?

  1. Complete your Online UNH Graduate School Application: Application to the program takes place online via the UNH Graduate School application page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but there is a March 15 deadline for a summer term start of the same year. Application requirements include a completed online application form, an undergraduate degree, academic transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, an up-to-date resume, and a personal statement of the applicant's relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The personal statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student's goals in pursuing a master's degree.
  2. Request Verification Letter from City Year: A verification letter must be submitted in order to be considered for the scholarship and to have the UNH Graduate School $65 application fee waived. Please send an email to with "Carsey School at UNH - City Year Verification Letter Request" in the subject line and include the site(s) where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the UNH Graduate School Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.
  3. Complete the Carsey School Online Scholarship Application Form:  Please complete and submit the online scholarship application by March 31st.  Once this and the City Year verification letter are received, applicants will be notified within two to three weeks of their awards.

Who do City Year Applicants get in touch with for any questions or clarifications?

Robin Husslage
Program Manager
603-862-2338 (phone)
603-862-3878 (fax)