When can I start the program and what are the application deadlines?
Applicants can apply to start in the fall, spring, or summer terms, by the following deadlines:
Fall Term Start: March 15th (for Carsey School Scholarship); July 1st (preferred); August 15th (final)
Spring Term Start: December 15th
Summer Term Start: April 15th
International students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure visa’s and other necessary paperwork are obtained in a timely manner. Please contact Sanjeev Sharma, Admissions and Academic Advising, with any admissions questions.
How do I apply?
All applications are submitted online through the University of New Hampshire Graduate School. Instructions, link to the online application, and list of required documents can be found on the Graduate School’s Application site. If you are unable to apply online, contact Sanjeev.Sharma@unh.edu or 603-862-1871.
Does the MPA program have prerequisites?
Applicants with professional or academic experience in government, nonprofits, political science, or public administration are encouraged to apply. Applicants without such background are also welcome to apply but will be required to demonstrate ability to succeed in MPA graduate studies.
Can I get an MPA on a part-time basis?
Our MPA program is designed so the full-time working professional can take classes on a part-time basis. Classes are held in the early evenings, meet one evening per week, and are conveniently located at our Manchester campus. We offer several electives online and at our Durham campus as well. With classes offered year round, you can move through the program at a pace that is comfortable for you.
Is the GRE required?
The GRE is not required but can be submitted, if desired.
Can I take a "test drive" before applying?
Yes. At both campuses, students are welcome to sit in on a class or take a course prior to matriculating into the program, to see if the program fits their individual needs.
Does this program offer any Scholarships?
The Carsey School of Public Policy offers a limited number of needs-based partial tuition scholarships to students who have submitted their online application and been accepted into the program. In order to be considered for a Carsey School Scholarship, please complete and submit your Online Scholarship Application Form by April 20. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an award within two to three weeks after submitting a completed application. We also encourage students who are awarded a scholarship to leverage their award by seeking additional funding opportunities from other sources.
What happens to my Carsey Scholarship award if I need to defer?
Carsey Scholarships based on financial need are considered and awarded to individuals for the program year of application. If an admitted student who has been awarded a Carsey Scholarship needs to defer his/her start date due to financial reasons, their scholarship application will also be deferred and given priority reconsideration for the new program start date.
What alternative funding opportunities are available?
We strongly encourage you to look into other outside scholarship opportunities. Domestic students are eligible for both private and federal loans. More detailed information can be found on the UNH Grad School’s Financial Aid webpage or at Tuition Management System.
What is the Capstone Project?
The Capstone project is the culmination of the student’s graduate work, applying academic insight to practical experience. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed in the program to real-world situations. Students are paired with an organization in their field of interest and work with community partners to complete a substantial project with the goal of adding value to both the student and the partner organization.
I’ve completed a professional training program for my job. Would it count towards credit in this program?
The MPA program offers credit waivers for students who have successfully completed a number of notable training programs. For details, visit the Master of Public Administration Credit Waivers webpage.
What kind of professional positions could I pursue with an MPA?
Managerial positions in areas such as the government (federal, state, and local); non-profit and non-governmental organizations; research institutes; foundations; and professional and trade associations;.etc.