Graduate Course Catalog 2012-2013
This program is offered in Durham.
Research Professor: Michael Swack
Degree Offered: M.A.
The master of arts in development policy and practice (MADPP) is a 14-month program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in sustainable development by offering 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 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, and sustainable development to environmental policy, public health, education, microenterprise, and more.
A unique feature of this program is that students can continue working while earning their degree. The four-term program includes two intensive summer sessions and two semesters of online work. 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.
Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree (B.A., B.S., or equivalent) from an accredited university before applying.
TOEFL scores are required if English is not your first language. GRE scores are accepted but not required.
All applicants must submit the following materials to be considered for admission: application form, letters of recommendation, resume, personal statement, and official transcripts. More specific information can be found on the MADPP website.
All application materials must be submitted electronically to the UNH Graduate School. Application materials as well as more specific details regarding the application process, including deadlines, are available at the UNH Graduate School website. Please note that the program has only one start date each year and that is in May.
Students must complete 39 credits, including the four-term project requirement, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Course of Study
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. Please note that courses offered in semesters 1 and 4 are offered in person on the UNH campus in Durham, N.H., during two consecutive summers. Courses offered in semesters 2 and 3 (when students are in their home communities) are offered online.
Term 1: 12-15 credits (May 21 – June 29, 2012, on campus in Durham, N.H.)
- MADPP Program Orientation
- 901, Integrative Approaches to Development Policy and Practice (3 credits)
- 980, Project Design (3 credits)
- 902, Economics Analysis for Development (3 credits)
- 903, Global Health (3 credits )
- Elective (3 credits) (includes opportunity to take Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program for credit)
Term 2: 6 credits (September – December 2012, online in home community)
- 981, Project Implementation (3 credits )
- 904, Environmental Sustainability and Development (3 credits)
Term 3: 6 credits (January – April 2012, online in home community)
- 982, Project Management (3 credits )
- 905, Fiscal Management for Development Organizations (3 credits)
Term 4: 12-15 credits (May 20 – June 28, 2013, on campus in Durham, N.H.)
- 983, Project Monitoring and Evaluation (3 credits)
- 906, Leadership, Collaboration, and Communication (3 credits)
- 907, Sustainable Engineering for Development Practice (3 credits)
- 908, Policy Analysis, Policymaking and Sustainable Development (3 credits)
- Elective (3 credits) (This includes the opportunity to take Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program for credit.)
Total credits required for graduation: 39 credits