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Community Development Policy and Practice - MA

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. 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.

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: CT ME MA RI VT

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

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.

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.

Important Notes:

This master's program is a hybrid of online and in person courses. Fall through spring terms are online and summer terms are in person.

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.