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Public Policy - MPP

The Carsey School's Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree offers skills to have an impact and make a difference in the 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 degree can launch a career in any level of government, in nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations, in foundations, in businesses, or in research institutes and centers. This intensive, flexible program designed for tomorrow’s change-making professionals offers the skills needed to research and develop transformative policy and bring those policies to fruition. Students choose focused tracks in policy analysis, or strategy and communications —and select from a broad range of electives to personalize your degree and develop policy expertise. Faculty include leading policy professionals and academic scholars who combine rigor with hands-on experience. Student can earn this rigorous and innovative degree in 14 -16 months (or as little as 12 for Accelerated UNH undergraduates). Scholarship funding is available for qualified students.

The MPP program welcomes applicants from many disciplinary backgrounds. All applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is required, as are letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Applicants may be asked to interview either in person or by conference call with the program director and/or the graduate program coordinator.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: March 15 (for Carsey School Scholarship); July 1 (preferred); August 15 (final)
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 15
  • Special: N/A

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: ME RI

Accelerated Masters Eligible: Yes

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required

Letters should include academic and professional references.

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE test scores are normally required but applicants applying to our accelerated masters program may request to have them waived. If you wish to have them waived please submit the test waiver form. On the waiver form select "Other" and under the Comments block indicate you are applying to the accelerated masters program.

Applicants who have taken the GMAT test or the LSAT test may request to have those used in lieu of the GRE. If you plan on providing the LSAT or GMAT scores please notify us via email of this so we may update your application accordingly. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service (if using the LSAT please ask your law school to send us a copy).

Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

This should be a clear, concise statement of the applicant’s relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master's degree.

Statements must be included with your submitted application.

Additional Department Requirements:

Applicants may be asked to interview either in person or by conference call with the program director and/or the graduate program coordinator.

Important Notes:

A current resume is not required but highly recommended. All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

While international applicants to this master’s program are not required to file a pre-application on the graduate school website prior to applying to the program, please see the International Applicants Instructions page for additional requirements. TOEFL scores are required if English is not your first language.