Admissions

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Admissions

Thank you for your interest in our Master in Public Policy program. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance through the application process or if you have any questions about your application.  

This 40-credit curriculum includes: five required core courses, a January-Term program, and a capstone project. An internship is also required, either for credit or not. Students are required to take two electives in either a policy analysis track or a communications and strategy track. Additional electives (3-4) complete the curriculum. Most students start the program in the Fall semester, but there is flexibility to allow students to fulfill the degree requirements.

Admission Requirements 

The Carsey School of Public Policy considers all applicants for the MPP degree equally, irrespective of race, class, sex, gender, etc. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s overall record of achievement, both academic and otherwise and his/her potential for success in the MPP program. Specific considerations for admission (in no particular order) include: undergraduate institution course work and GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, awards and scholarships, and professional experience. While we have no strict "cut-off" for GPA or GRE, successful applicants have proven records of success as evidenced by their entire application package. Applications must also meet the standards of the UNH Graduate School.

GREs

The GRE general test is required for the MPP.  A waiver of the GRE is possible for applicants who have substantial professional experience (8+ years of relevant policy work experience). We will also accept other standardized tests in lieu of the GRE (e.g., GMAT, LSAT, Miller Analogy). To apply for a waiver, please notify us that you are completing the GRE/TOEFL Test Score Wavier form and submitting it via email directly to the Graduate School at grad.docs@unh.edu. If the GRE has not been taken by the application deadline, please contact us. More information about the GRE can be found here

Application Requirements and Deadlines 

The following chart summarizes the application requirements for Master in Public Policy program. Be sure to download the Application Checklist for your own use to record important information and to help organize the application process.

Application Requirements Description
Application Method Must be submitted online.
Application Deadline*

General Deadlines

  • Rolling admission: June 30.
  •  Applicants seeking financial assistance: Due to additional funding, scholarships will be allocated on a rolling basis for as long as funds are available. Early applications are best.

UNH Accelerated Masters Students Deadlines

UNH seniors (90 credits or more) with a minimum of a 3.2 GPA can apply to take classes towards the MPP during the 2016-17 academic year.  Deadline for these applications has been extended to December 20.

UNH juniors can apply to take classes towards the MPP during the 2017-18 academic year,  Deadline for juniors is March 15 (although earlier application, prior to registration for fall 2017 courses, is recommended).  

Application Fee $65 USD
Letters of Reference Three (3) academic or professional letters of reference are required (submitted online).
Resume A current resume must be emailed to grad.docs@unh.edu.
Personal Statement A short personal statement including relevant past experiences (academics, research, and/or work experience), areas of interest, and goals in pursuing a master's degree. Please email to grad.docs@unh.edu.
Undergraduate Degree BA, BS, or equivalent is required from an accredited university.
Transcripts

One set of official transcripts should be sent directly to the UNH Graduate School from each college/university you attended for two or more semesters.
 

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.
GRE

Required

TOEFL Only required if English is not your first language.
New Hampshire Residency Form Only required if you are a New Hampshire resident and wish to take advantage of the In-State discounted tuition.
International Applicants

International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure visa and other necessary paperwork are received in a timely manner. International applicants to this master’s program are required to file a UNH Graduate School pre-application. After acceptance of admission into the program, the new international student will receive an email from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). This email will ask them to complete a form online and upload necessary documents like a passport, proof of financial support and other pertinent information. All international students are required by the University to purchase the UNH Health Plan (SHBP) each year they are on campus. This is mandatory and cannot be waived. For additional information about health insurance requirements, see the UNH Health Services website. For information on additional international student requirements and documents that may be needed, please consult the Office of International Students and Scholars website.

*While applications received after the deadline may be considered, to receive priority consideration for financial aid, please submit your application by the deadline.

Application Checklist

All application materials for the Master in Public Policy program must be submitted online through the University of New Hampshire Graduate School. Application materials as well as more specific details regarding the application process are available at the UNH Graduate School website. The Application Checklist in the link below is for your personal application tracking purposes. The status of the various application components at UNH can be determined via the MyUNH Website.

 Application Checklist

Checking Your Application Status

After submitting an online application, you can check the status and view the required application materials online through your myUNH account. It may take up to 1-2 business days before you will be able to view your application online. If you are unable to see your application after that time please contact the UNH Graduate School office  (603.862.3000). You are also encouraged to contact the UNH Graduate School with any questions about your application status. For questions or problems with using your myUNH account or UNH Email please contact the UNH Service Desk. To check your status:

  • Login to the Webcat using your assigned myUNH IT ID.
  • Next select the "Admissions" link from the list and then select the application you want to view under the "Processed Applications" header.
  • In addition, all applications are verified internally and this process can take up to 2-5 days. Until your application is verified you will have an admit type of "Unprocessed Web Applicant". This status type will be removed once our office has completed the verification of your application.

Financial Aid

Learn more about what financial aid options are available to you. 

Contact

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Admissions and General Program Information:
Robin Husslage 
carsey.mpp@unh.edu
603.862.2338