» When can I start the Online Master of Public Administration program and what are the application deadlines?
Applicants can apply to start in the fall or spring terms, by the following deadlines:
» Fall Term Start: July 1st (preferred); July 15th (final)
» Spring Term Start: December 1th(preferred); December 15th (final)
Please contact Sanjeev Sharma, Carsey's Admissions Specialist, with any admissions questions. Submit your questions
» How do I apply to the Masters in Public Administration program?
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. Apply Now!
» What is the difference between 30-Credit Executive MPA and the 36-Credit MPA?
Applicants with 5+ years of relevant professional experience in government, nonprofits, political science, or public administration should apply to the Executive MPA which reduces the standard (36-credit) MPA degree requirements by two elective courses (6 credits). Applicants without relevant work experience or students just completing their undergraduate degrees should apply to the standard 36-Credit MPA program.
» Can I get an MPA on a part-time basis?
Our Online MPA program is designed so the full-time working professional can take classes on a part-time basis. Classes are conducted online and typically consist of an asynchronous curriculum combined with a small number of synchronous sessions over the term which, if offered, are held in the early evenings. Elective courses are also offered online in the same manner with the option to take alternative elective courses in person on the Durham or Manchester campuses. View Electives
» Is the GRE required?
The GRE is not required but can be submitted, if desired.
» Can I take a "test drive" before applying?
Yes. If you are unsure whether the Online MPA program is a good fit, you are welcome to sit in on a class or take an MPA course prior to matriculating into the program. Contact the Team
» 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. 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. Submit a Scholarship Application
» 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 their 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 MPA 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. View Past MPA Capstones
» 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. Meet Some MPA Alumni!