Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Fall admission: July 1, February 15 if applying for consideration for financial aid
  • Spring admission: November 1
  • Summer admission: April 1

Apply through the UNH Graduate School. For more information, visit our Admissions page.

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.

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.

Yes, all applications are submitted online and begin on the Admissions page. Please note all graduate school applications go through the UNH Graduate School, the links will take you from the Carsey website to the Graduate School website.

Yes. At both campuses, students can sit in on a class one evening or take a course prior to matriculating into the program, to see if the program fits their individual needs.


For costs, please visit our Tuition and Cost page.

Visiting the Carsey School at UNH

Appointments are encouraged to ensure that someone is available to meet with you. Our staff would be happy to schedule a visit with you. Please contact Sarah Dorner to make arrangements.


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.

MPA and MPP programs are complementary degrees and often have overlapping courses and curriculum.  The MPA program places more emphasis on management and implementation techniques, while the MPP programs emphasize policy research and analysis. Both programs emphasize strategy and communication as foundational skills. 

The MBA focuses on developing your business administration and management skills, while an MPA focuses on public sector and nonprofit management and administration. The MPA is the preferred graduate degree for those interested in a career in the public and non-profit sectors. The MPA degree provides training in all aspects of government-related management including budgets, planning, personnel, collective bargaining, policy analysis, etc.

Managerial positions in all areas of government (federal, state and local); non-profit and non-governmental organizations; research institutes; foundations; professional and trade associations; etc.

The UNH Graduate School also has a rich page of answers to FAQs for applicants here.


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Academic Partnership Coordinator:
Sarah Dorner