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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Community Development Policy and Practice (DPP)


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This program is offered in Durham.

Professor: Rosemary M. Caron, Andrew B. Conroy, Kevin H. Gardner, Curt D. Grimm, Clayton R. Mitchell, Jolan Rivera, Michael Swack
Clinical Associate Professor: Fiona Sara Wilson
Clinical Assistant Professor: William O. Maddocks
Extension Professor: Charles A. French


Degrees Offered: MPP, M.A.

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its research, policy education, and engagement. The school takes on the pressing issues of the twenty-first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions.

With an expanding range of degree and non-degree programs, the Carsey School offers a growing number of opportunities for those interested in beginning, or advancing, careers in public policy. 

The Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree at the University of New Hampshire offers you the skills to have an impact and make a difference—to make change happen—in the often challenging environment of 21st century policy making. You'll learn the strategic practice of public policy, and to hone the skills that today’s policy professionals need to succeed—analytical expertise, clear and compelling communications, and the tools of leadership.


The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice is a program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented sustainable development work within the United States and internationally. Those with the passion and desire to have a greater impact in their communities need the critical knowledge and proven skills to effect the changes demanded by today’s rapidly changing world. Suited for community development practitioners and those transitioning into the field, students can choose to complete the program in 14 or 24 months with short, in-person terms during the summer followed by interactive online courses during the fall through spring terms. Students directly apply what they learn in the classroom by carrying out a yearlong project within their communities, developing a valuable toolkit that meets the gold standard in project management, from design to evaluation methodologies.


  1. Educate community development practitioners working in non-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, government agencies, and private corporations, using a peer-based learning framework
  2. Promote innovative approaches to development policy and practice, identifying those that can increase the effectiveness of community development practitioners
  3. Expose community development practitioners to local and global trends
  4. Using state-of-the-art communication technologies, connect practitioners to each other and to participants in similar programs across the globe


Program Overview and Topics of Study

Students in the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program will:

  1. Develop interdisciplinary knowledge and skills through a combination of core courses designed to integrate theory, policy, as well as data collection and analysis
  2. Acquire an understanding of complex development issues and problems through a set of electives spanning engineering, natural sciences, public health, management, and social sciences
  3. Apply your classroom learning to real-world situations, by carrying out a four-term field project in your home community


   Management                                                                 Policy & Social Sciences

    •Project Design through Evaluation                                   •Economics

    •Organization Management                                              •Policy Analysis

    •Budgeting & Financial Management                                •Community Development

    •Human Resource Management                                       •Social Enterprise

    •Leadership                                                                     •Research Methodologies

    •Negotiation & Communication


   Natural Sciences & Engineering                                Health Sciences

    •Infrastructure                                                                •Global Health & Community Medicine

    •Agriculture & Forestry                                                  •Nutrition

    •Water Management                                                      •Reproductive Health

    •Energy                                                                          •Fundamental Epidemiology

    •Climate & Environmental Sciences                                •Population Sciences


Program Highlights

A unique feature of this program is that students can continue working while earning their degree.  This meets the practical needs of both students and their employers, enabling participants to join an exciting advanced degree program that will enhance their performance and their commitment to work. Students will gain an array of skills that will help them more effectively meet the challenges in their development sectors. They will also develop a network of peers and advisers to continue to inform and inspire them.

   Flexible Program Format:                • 14-month or 24-month options

   Ideal for Working Professionals:     • Short in-person summer terms with interactive
                                                                 online courses fall through spring terms

   Capstone Project:                              • Apply what you learn through a yearlong community project

   Expert Faculty:                                  • Learn from actively engaged and experienced field practitioners

   Small Classes:                                   • Learn from professors and peers in a small group-learning    

Sustainable community development begins with strong leadership, and students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to qualify for management positions within non-profit, non-governmental and community-based organizations in addition to government agencies and private corporations.  


Recent Graduate Profiles

A sample of recent graduates who now work in the following positions and organizations:

• Policy Analyst, Oregon Center for Public Policy

• Executive Director, AIDS Programs of Canada

• Director, Paso Pacifico, Nicaragua

• Legislative Aide, Alaska

• Rotational Environmental Analyst, NEIWPCC

• Director of Cultural Competency and Global Diversity, Hun School of Princeton

• Regional Refugee Coordinator, Kansas Department of Children and Families

• Principal Consultant, Curtis & Associates, Australia



Admission Requirements


Application Requirements


Application Method

Must be submitted online

Application Fee

$65 USD

Letters of Reference

Three (3) academic or professional letters of reference are required (submitted online)


A current resume must be emailed to

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

Undergraduate Degree

B.A., B.S., or equivalent is required from an accredited university.


One set of official transcripts should be sent directly to the UNH Graduate School from each college/university you attended (2 semesters+).


MA: Not required. Can be submitted if you wish. MPP: Required


Only required if English is not your first language (please note that waiving the TOEFL requirement requires submitting a request; instructions for this are available here:

New Hampshire Residency Form

Only required if you are a New Hampshire resident and wish to take advantage of the in-state discounted tuition.

While applications received after the deadline may be considered, to receive priority consideration for financial aid, please submit your application by the deadline. Please check with the UNH Graduate School for graduate financial aid deadlines.


Degree Requirements

MPP Degree Requirements

Students in the Carsey MPP are required to complete five core courses, a Washington, DC colloquium during the January term, an internship experience, and a capstone project. These provide the foundational analytical, strategic, and communication skills for a successful career in the world of policy making. Students develop further depth in either a Policy Analysis or a Strategy and Communication track, completing two additional elective courses in one of the tracks. Courses in both tracks can also be taken as open electives.

Carsey MPP students who choose an additional focus in policy analysis will earn a higher level of analytic skills needed to conduct sophisticated analysis of societal problems and their solution, including statistical training.

 Those who choose a focus in strategy and communication will leave with more advanced communications, strategic, and leadership skills for advancing public policy solutions.

Further opportunities for depth and specialization in substantive policy areas are provided by open elective courses; these vary each semester.   The program provides flexibility to students to fulfill the degree requirements, so individual student programs vary in elective selections and in sequencing of elective courses and the internship. 


The MPP is a 40-credit program, including:


Required Elements:



See Carsey website ( for a current list of approved electives for the Carsey MPP. This list is updated regularly.


For sample paths to degree, see the program website:


MA Degree Requirements

In order to earn the master's degree, students must complete fourteen courses (equivalent to 39 credits), including the four-term project requirement, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eleven of the thirteen courses are required courses, while the remaining three are elective courses.

Course of Study

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program is structured around four competency areas:

Successful practitioners must be able to perceive problems from multiple points of view and through a variety of cultural lenses, including traditional academic and policy perspectives, as well as those of the communities and individuals to be served. Viewed in this way, neither traditional approaches (which emphasize theory and disciplinary academic content) nor “pedagogical inversions” (which give primacy to engagement and practice while deemphasizing theory and policy) create well-rounded community development practitioners. The program will examine each of the core disciplinary areas within the cross-cutting lenses of theory, policy, data collection and analysis, and practice.

Core Curriculum

The curriculum is a series of courses designed to help students develop and strengthen interdisciplinary breadth and communication and to build program identity and a sense of community. All courses are 3-credit courses. The eleven required courses comprise 30 credits in total, with an additional three elective courses (9 credits) for a total of 39 credits.

The sequence by which students take the eleven required and three elective courses depends on the amount of time that they plan to take to complete the degree. 

Program Duration:  14 or 24 Months

Students can choose to complete the program in 14 or 24 months.  The 14-Month program requires a summer term start (in person) followed by two online courses for both the fall and spring terms and concludes after the second, summer term on campus.

14-Month Program (summer start only) sample schedule

Students wishing to take a lighter online course load during the fall and spring terms or wishing to start the program in the fall or spring, can choose to enroll in the 24-Month program.

24-Month Program (Summer Start) Schedule

24-Month Program (Fall-Start) Sample Schedule

24-Month Program (Spring Start) Sample Schedule




Required Courses

Students are required to take eleven required courses. These courses are offered during the summer terms (on-campus in Durham) and online during the fall and spring terms. Below is a list of all required courses:

Elective Courses

Students are required to take three elective courses. These courses are offered during the summer terms (on-campus in Durham) and the winter/J term (online for three weeks in January). At least two elective courses will be offered during each summer term, and one elective course during the winter/J term. Below is a list of elective courses.