Master in Public Policy: Experience Policymaking in Action

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Why Earn a Master in Public Policy from the Carsey School of Public Policy?

Policy Education for Leadership and Change: Our Master in Public Policy offers you the tools and experience to make a difference and create change at local, state, and national policy-making institutions. You'll learn how to develop transformative policies through research and analysis, and how to strategically communicate those policies to bring them to fruition. You'll also study and evaluate issues relevant to today's policymakers.

Built into the unique curriculum are experiential learning opportunities to deepen and broaden your education. These include meeting with key policymakers in Congress, the White House, government agencies, advocacy groups and more throughout your semesters on campus and during our Washington, D.C., colloquium. You will also gain practical experience during a policy internship and employ the skills you have gained through a capstone project.

The 16-month Master in Public Policy program is offered in person at the UNH Durham campus.

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What Makes the Public Policy Program Unique?

From D.C. to Durham – Learn From the Best!

During the Master in Public Policy January colloquium in Washington, D.C., you will meet with over 25 policymakers, political leaders, advocates, lobbyists, researchers, and diplomats who bring diverse perspectives to the policy arena. You will hear firsthand how they succeed in advancing their objectives and building their careers.

While on campus, you will learn from MPP faculty who are a mix of D.C. policymakers and UNH faculty, bringing the best of both worlds to the classroom.

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Getting Started

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Partnership Programs: We offer education awards and a graduate credit program through partnerships with select government and nonprofit organizations. See our Partners!

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Meet Our Students & Graduates

Meet Master in Public Policy Student Faith Thompson

Master in Public Policy (MPP) student Faith Thompson ‘20 earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Justice Studies; in 2020, she enrolled in the MPP program at Carsey with a focus in Public Policy Analysis. Upon graduating, Faith plans to work for a nonprofit or other organization focused on serving vulnerable populations.