Graduate Course Catalog 2015-2016
This program is offered in Durham and in Manchester through GSMC.
Degrees Offered: M.P.A.
About the Department of Political Science Graduate Programs
The Department of Political Science at UNH offers two graduate degree programs: the master of arts in political science and the master of public administration. Both provide advanced study in international relations and comparative politics, American politics, public policy, and public administration. The programs serve students interested in working in government, public service, nonprofit management, electoral politics, education and research, and in preparing for Ph.D. programs. These degree programs give students the flexibility to tailor their coursework to individual interests within a curriculum that ensures a strong foundation in international and domestic politics, research methods, and public management. Faculty engage in teaching and research activities encompassing the fields of international and comparative politics, American politics, political thought, and public administration.
Both programs are offered to full- and part-time students. The M.A. program is offered in Durham. The M.P.A. program offers evening courses for working professionals primarily at the Manchester campus, with some elective course offerings at the Durham campus. The MPA Program also offers a limited number of on-line courses during the academic year.
For the MA program, applicants are expected to have majored in political science or a related social science or humanities field. For the MPA program, many applicants have experience working in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. All applicants for both programs must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required for the M.A. program. M.P.A. applicants are strongly encouraged to include GRE test results with their application, but it is required only for those M.P.A. applicants requesting consideration for graduate assistant or tuition assistance awards. MPA and international applicants may be asked to interview either in person or by conference call with the program director and/or the graduate program coordinator.
M.P.A. Degree Requirements
Master of public administration students must complete a minimum of 36 or 39 credits for the degree.
Required courses include:
- Four basic core curriculum courses in foundations and theory, organization and management, statistical analysis, and the capstone internship or project (POLT 905, 906, 909, and the 908, Capstone). 12-15 credits. Students are expected to take POLT 906 Foundations and Theory in either their first fall semester.
- Three advanced core curriculum courses in finance and budgeting, human resources, labor relations, public or nonprofit management, administrative law, policy and program evaluation, leadership, performance management, or legal and policy-making environments (POLT 804, 808, 812, 898, 907, 911, 912, 914, 918). 9 credits
- Five electives in public administration, political science, or related discipline with adviser’s approval. 15 credits
- Two of the five required electives will be waived for students who have successfully completed Level II of the New Hampshire Certified Public Manager Program.
The capstone internship or project is the culmination of the student’s graduate work, applying academic knowledge with practical experience. Students without prior public or nonprofit sector professional experience are required to complete the 6-credit internship component of the capstone.