University of New Hampshire

The Carsey Institute

Master of Arts in Development Policy and Practice



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

in Development Policy and Practice

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Development Policy and Practice is a low-residency, 14-month program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in sustainable community development both in the United States and in developing countries. The master's program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, high-level tools, and an applied field project where theory is put into practice. Students are early- and mid-career adults working in a variety of community 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 domestic and international organizations and work in areas ranging from economic community development, planning, public policy, sustainable community development, environmental policy, public health, education, microenterprise, and more. Objectives: +Educate development practitioners working in non-profit organizations, NGOs, community-based organizations, government agencies, and private corporations, using a peer-based learning framework +Promote innovative approaches to community development practices and policies and identifying those that can increase the effectiveness of development practitioners +Expose development practitioners to global trends in community development work +Using state-of-the-art communication technologies, connecting practitioners to each other and to participants in similar programs locally and across the globe The program includes courses in the core disciplines of management, policy and social sciences, health sciences, engineering and natural sciences (including forestry, agriculture, water management, energy, climate, and environmental sciences). Students in the program will: +Develop interdisciplinary knowledge and skills through a combination of core courses designed to integrate theory, policy, as well as data collection and analysis +Acquire an understanding of complex community development issues and problems through a set of electives spanning engineering, natural sciences, public health, management, and social sciences +Apply their learning to real-world situations, by carrying out a four-term field project in their home community or in a community of their choice A unique feature of this program is that students can continue working while earning their degree. This program includes two intensive summer sessions on our picturesque campus (four to six weeks, depending on chosen electives), set in New Hampshire's vibrant seacoast region and just a short train ride from the international city of Boston. From September through May, students return to their home communities to work on an applied field project and take online courses with full faculty support--all while maintaining their professional positions. Mentored by the brightest minds in the field, students will spend time as a full class exploring the commonalities in community development policy and practice around the world. Customization of the program is easily accomplished by choosing from a robust offering of electives available. This program 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 community development sectors. They will also develop a network of peers and advisors to continue to inform and inspire them. Social change begins with strong leadership, and graduates of our program will have the tools, networks, and fresh insights to help improve the conditions and opportunities in the communities they serve.


The University of New Hampshire is the state’s public research university, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. The University of New Hampshire has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant charters. From its main Durham campus and its college in Manchester, the University serves New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities, and applied research.

International Student Requirements:

International Students may need: +Test scores: TOEFL scores are required if English is not your first language +Student Visa: F-1 or J-1 +I-20 Immigration Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status for Academic and Language Students)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 39

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): Varies by semester USD

In State Tuition (per year): 13665 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 15032 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small Suburb

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