Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015
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 degrees: the master of arts in political science and the master of public administration. Both provide advanced study in political science, public policy, and public administration for students interested in professions in the fields of government, public service, nonprofit management, electoral politics, education and research, or as preparation 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 research methodology, management, and other needed skills in the professions. Faculty engage in teaching and research activities encompassing the fields of American politics, political thought, comparative/international politics, 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 at Durham and Manchester.
Additionally, a graduate certificate in sustainability politics and policy is offered. Please see the Political Science entry for more information about the M.A. and certificate program.
Applicants are expected to have majored in political science or a related field, or have worked in government or the nonprofit sector, and must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Where undergraduate preparation has been insufficient, applicants may be admitted provided that they follow a program of study approved by the graduate committee. 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. M.P.A. applicants may be asked to interview either in person or by conference call with the director of the M.P.A. program and 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
- 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 internship component of the capstone.