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Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

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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. The program has two pathways to complete the master’s degree: a 14-month pathway and a 24-month pathway. The master's program offers an integrated conceptual framework guiding the coursework, high-level tools, and the best thinking in the field. Students are early- and mid-career adults working in a variety of development fields, and in particular those from public agencies and international and domestic non-profit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Applicants to the program come from both international and domestic organizations and work in areas ranging from public policy, planning, economic development, sustainable development, environmental policy, public health, education, microenterprise, and more.

Objectives

  1. Educate community development practitioners working in non-profit organizations, NGOs, 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

The degree program includes courses in the core disciplines of management, social sciences, health sciences, and natural sciences (including ecology, agriculture, natural resource management, and energy and climate studies).

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 their learning to real-world situations, by carrying out a four-term field project in their home community

A unique feature of this program is that students can continue working while earning their degree. The 14-month pathway includes two intensive summer terms with the balance of courses taken online between these sessions. The 24-month pathway is the same as the 14-month pathway followed by additional online terms. 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.

Social change begins with strong leadership, and graduates of this program will have the tools, networks, and fresh insights to help improve the conditions and opportunities in the communities they serve.


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*

February 15

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.

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 thirteen courses (equivalent to 39 credits), including the four-term project requirement, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Ten 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 ten required courses comprise 30 credits in total, and students need to complete three elective courses (9 credits).

The sequence by which students take the ten 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)

Elective courses offered

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 Community Development Finance elective course is also offered as a certificate course:  Certificate in Community Development Finance.

2.       The Current Issues in Microfinance and Microenterprise Development elective course is also offered as a certificate course:  Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program.

 

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)

Elective courses offered

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)

Elective courses offered

2nd Spring Term
(online)

Required Course

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

Note:

1.       The Community Development Finance elective course is also offered as a certificate course: Certificate in Community Development Finance.

2.       The Current Issues in Microfinance and Microenterprise Development elective course is also offered as a certificate course:  Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program.


 

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.