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Graduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

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Community Development Policy and Practice (DPP)

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This program is offered in Durham.

 

Degree Offered: M.A.

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.

Objectives

  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    
                                                                 environment

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 now work in the following positions and organizations:

• Policy Analyst, Oregon Center for Public Policy

• Country Director, Internews Network, Kenya

• Donor Coordinator, Government of Somalia

• Director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programming & Board Chair, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

• Executive Director, AIDS Programs of Canada

• Director, Paso Pacifico, Nicaragua

• Executive Director, Juliette's House, Child Abuse Intervention Center

• 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

The following chart summarizes what is required for application to the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program.

Application Requirements

Description

Application Method

Must be submitted online

Application Deadline*

March 15 for Summer Term Start

June 1 for Fall Term Start

November 15 for Spring Term Start

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

B.A., B.S., 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 (2 semesters+).

GRE

Not required. Can be submitted if you wish.

TOEFL

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: http://gradschool.unh.edu/test_scores.php#waivers)

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

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. There are two options: a 14-month pathway and a 24-month pathway:

14-Month Pathway

Terms

Courses

1st Summer Term
(on-campus in Durham, N.H.)

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Fall Term
(online)

Required Courses

Optional Winter/J Term
(online)

Spring Term
(online)

Required Courses

2nd Summer Term
(on-campus in Durham, N.H.)

Required Courses

Elective Courses

*Detailed descriptions of elective courses can be found on the Course Description page.

**Note:

  1. The Current Issues in Microfinance and Microenterprise Development (DPP 950) elective course is also offered as a certificate course: Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program.
  2. The Community Development Finance (DPP 961) elective course is also offered as a certificate course: Certificate in Community Development Finance.

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24-Month Pathway

 

Terms

Courses

1st Summer Term
(on-campus in Durham, N.H.)

Required Courses

Elective Courses

1st Fall Term
(online)

Required Course

Optional Winter/J Term
(online)

1st Spring Term
(online)

Required Course

2nd Summer Term
(on-campus in Durham, N.H.)

Required Courses

Elective Courses

2nd Fall Term
(online)

Required Course

Optional Winter/J Term
(online)

2nd Spring Term
(online)

Required Course

*Detailed descriptions of elective courses can be found on the Course Descriptions page.

Note:

  1. The Current Issues in Microfinance and Microenterprise Development (DPP 950) elective course is also offered as a certificate course: Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program.
  2. The Community Development Finance (DPP 961) elective course is also offered as a certificate course: Certificate in Community Development Finance.

 


 

As noted above, summer terms are offered on-campus in Durham, New Hampshire, while courses offered during the fall, winter/J, and spring terms (when students are in their home communities) are offered online.

The 14- and 24-month pathways have the same courses during the summer and winter/J terms. The only difference between the two pathways is that students opting for the 14-month pathway take two required courses each during the fall and spring terms, thereby allowing them to complete 39 credits in 14 months. On the other hand, students who choose the 24-month pathway take only one required course each during the fall and spring terms; thus they need two fall and spring terms to complete the 39-credit requirement.

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 three 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.