Master in Public Policy and Analytics Dual Degree M.P.P./M.S.

Public Policy and Analytics Dual Degree (M.P.P./M.S.)

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Cutting Edge Data Management for Policy Impact.

Why get a dual master’s degree in public policy and analytics?

Our public policy and analytics dual degree equips you with the skills and knowledge required to analyze critical societal issues, develop effective policy solutions, and translate analysis into action. As public policy becomes more data driven, people with skills to thrive in both data science and public policy are increasingly in demand. 

Why choose UNH’s public policy and analytics dual degree program? 

As the first university in the United States to offer this innovative dual degree, UNH continues to set the bar high by enabling students to graduate with these two highly sought-after degrees in just two years. You can choose to start the program with either the Master of Public Policy or the Master of Science in Analytics and study a mix of content from both programs each year. A capstone experience will showcase your command of skills from each program. Both programs are offered in person on the UNH Durham campus, with selected experiential learning taking place offsite. 

Potential careers 

  • Data scientist 
  • Employment/workforce 
  • Government affairs  
  • Law enforcement 
  • Legislative staff 
  • Nonprofit management 
  • Policy/research analyst 
  • Public health

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Public Policy and Analytics Dual Degree equips you with the skills and knowledge required to analyze critical societal issues, develop effective policy solutions, and translate analysis into action.

You can choose to start the program with either the Master in Public Policy (fall term) or the Master of Science in Analytics (summer term) and study a mix of content from both programs each year. Your capstone experience during the second year for both paths will demonstrate your command of skills from each program. In just two years, you will graduate with two highly marketable and sought-after degrees:  Master in Public Policy and MS in Analytics.

Program Delivery & Location:  Academic courses for both programs are offered in person on the UNH Durham campus with a portion of the MPP experiential learning taking place offsite:  Washington, DC, for the Colloquium and at the Internship site location during the internship experience.

NEBHE Tuition Break for New England Residents of These States:  MA, ME, RI, VT

Accelerated Masters Eligible:  Yes

MPP/MS IN ANALYTICS DUAL DEGREE PLAN:  Begin in Fall Term with MPP

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
PPOL 806 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 3
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
MPP Elective Course (choose a course from the MPP Strategy and Communication Track) 3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits12
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
 Credits3
Spring
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1 1
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 1 3
PPOL 998A
or PPOL 998
Policy Internship 2
or Policy Internship
0
 Credits10
Summer
DATA 800 Introduction to Applied Analytic Statistics 3
DATA 801 Foundations of Data Analytics 3
DATA 802 Analytical Tools and Foundations 3
DATA 803 Introduction to Analytics Applications 3
 Credits12
Second Year
Fall
DATA 900 Data Architecture 3
DATA 901 Analytics Applications I 3
DATA 911 Analytics Practicum I 1 3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits12
Spring
DATA 902 Analytics Methods 3
DATA 903 Analytics Applications II 3
DATA 912 Analytics Practicum II 1 3
MPP Elective (choose a course from the MPP Strategy and Communication Track) 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits61

 

MPP/MS IN ANALYTICS DUAL DEGREE PLAN:  Begin in Summer Term with MS in Analytics

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SummerCredits
DATA 800 Introduction to Applied Analytic Statistics 3
DATA 801 Foundations of Data Analytics 3
DATA 802 Analytical Tools and Foundations 3
DATA 803 Introduction to Analytics Applications 3
 Credits12
Fall
DATA 900 Data Architecture 3
DATA 901 Analytics Applications I 3
PPOL 806 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis 3
PPOL 904 Economics for Public Policy 3
 Credits12
January Term
PPOL 950 Washington DC Colloquium 3
 Credits3
Spring
DATA 902 Analytics Methods 3
DATA 903 Analytics Applications II 3
PPOL 902 Strategy and Practice of Public Policy 3
PPOL 910 Policy Across Borders 3
PPOL 990A Policy Capstone Planning 1
 Credits13
Second Year
Summer
PPOL 998A
or PPOL 998
Policy Internship 2
or Policy Internship
0
 Credits0
Fall
DATA 911 Analytics Practicum I 1 3
MPP Elective Course (choose a course from the MPP Strategy and Communication Track) 3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
Elective Course (choose an MPP-Approved elective course) 3 3
 Credits12
Spring
DATA 912 Analytics Practicum II 1 3
PPOL 990 Policy Capstone 1 3
MPP Elective Course (choose a course from the MPP Strategy and Communication Track) 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits61

 

NoteS:

Students enrolled in the Public Policy and Analytics Dual Degree program (MPP/MS in Analytics) are required to earn a minimum of thirty-one (31) credits in the Master in Public Policy program (MPP) and thirty (30) credits in the MS in Analytics program, resulting in a minimum of 61 credits in total. Students completing this MPP/MS in Analytics Dual Degree program will graduate with two master's degrees:  Master in Public Policy and Master of Science in Analytics. 

Students can choose to start their MPP/MS in Analytics Dual Degree program in the fall term with MPP coursework or in the summer term with MS in Analytics coursework. It is highly recommended that students meet with their Academic Advisors for both programs prior to starting this MPP/MS in Analytics Dual Degree program to insure they have a clear understanding of the dual degree program requirements and course schedule.

Below are the courses required for the MPP and MS in Analytics programs to successfully complete this MPP/MS in Analytics Dual Degree program:

MPP CURRICULUM for the Dual Degree Program:

MPP CORE Curriculum Courses (4 Courses):
PPOL 806Fundamentals of Policy Analysis3
PPOL 902Strategy and Practice of Public Policy3
PPOL 904Economics for Public Policy3
PPOL 910Policy Across Borders3
MPP EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Activities (4 Courses):
PPOL 950Washington DC Colloquium3
PPOL 990APolicy Capstone Planning 11
PPOL 990Policy Capstone 13
PPOL 998APolicy Internship 20
or PPOL 998 Policy Internship
MPP Elective Courses: Choose 2 courses from the MPP Strategy and Communication Track6
Elective Courses: Choose 2 MPP-Approved Elective Courses (or 3 MPP-Approved Elective Courses if the DATA 911 / DATA 912 courses fulfill the PPOL 990 Policy Capstone requirements) 1,36
Total Credits31

MS IN ANALYTICS CURRICULUM for the Dual Degree Program:

MS in Analytics BEGINNER Courses (4 Courses):
DATA 800Introduction to Applied Analytic Statistics3
DATA 801Foundations of Data Analytics3
DATA 802Analytical Tools and Foundations3
DATA 803Introduction to Analytics Applications3
MS in Analytics INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED Courses (4 Courses):
DATA 900Data Architecture3
DATA 901Analytics Applications I3
DATA 902Analytics Methods3
DATA 903Analytics Applications II3
MS in Analytics EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Activities (2 Courses):
DATA 911Analytics Practicum I 13
DATA 912Analytics Practicum II 13
Total Credits30

Master in Public Policy and MS in Analytics Dual Degree Credit Summary

Master in Public Policy Program Course Credits31
MS in Analytics Program Course Credits30
Total Credits61

NOTES:

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: March 15 (for Carsey School Scholarship); July 1 (preferred); August 15 (final)
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 15
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: ME MA RI VT

Accelerated Masters: Yes

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Letters should include academic and professional references.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE test scores are normally required but applicants may submit LSAT (have them sent from your Law School) or GMAT scores in lieu of the GRE. If you plan on providing the LSAT or GMAT scores please notify us via email of this so we may update your application accordingly. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

Accelerated Master's applicants are not required to submit GRE test scores and will be waived after the application has been submitted by the Graduate School.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

Please note that when applying to the Public Policy and Analytics Dual Degree program you will need to provide a combined personal statement - one that addresses the Public Policy program and one that focuses on the Analytics program. This one is for Public Policy. This should be a clear, concise statement of the applicant’s relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master's degree.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Resume

A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Additional Department Requirements

Applicants may be asked to interview either in person or by conference call with the program director and/or the graduate program coordinator.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Students wishing to pursue the MPP/MS Analytics dual degree program must apply and be accepted separately into each of the two degree programs. 

Only one application fee is required when applying to the dual degree program and that is the fee for the Public Policy application. Note that current UNH undergrad students may request a waiver for this application fee by emailing our office at grad.school@unh.edu with their name, student ID, and the term applying for along with a statement that says you are currently a UNH undergrad requesting to have the application fee waived to the dual degree Public Policy and Analytics program. All other applicants must pay the $65 application fee. 

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

While international applicants to this master’s program are not required to file a pre-application on the graduate school website prior to applying to the program, please see the International Applicants Instructions page for additional requirements. TOEFL scores are required if English is not your first language.

Program Details

The MPP/MS in Analytics dual degree program has a tuition structure that reflects acceptance of credits by each program from the other to fulfill a portion of each degree's course requirements. If both degrees are completed in four semesters plus a January term and summer term, the total tuition is $51,200 for full-time non-residents and $46,475 for NH residents. If the MPP and MSin  Analytics were to be pursued separately, the cost  would be $61,320 for full-time non-residents and $55,695 for NH residents. 

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