Master in Public Policy

General

Programme Description

Why Get a Master's Degree in Public Policy at the Carsey School?

Our Master in Public Policy offers you the tools you need to make a difference and create change in the challenging environment of 21st-century policymaking. You will learn how to develop transformative policies through research and analysis, and how to strategically communicate those policies to bring your ideas to fruition. You will learn how to address the pressing issues that matter to you locally, nationally and globally. With the ability to earn your Master in Public Policy degree in just 14 months, your policy career is right around the corner!

Why Choose UNH’s Public Policy Programme?

At UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy, you will create a personalized degree based on your interests and graduate with skills today’s policy professionals need to succeed — analytical expertise, communication strategies, and the tools for advancing a policy agenda. Built into the unique curriculum are experiential learning opportunities to deepen and broaden your education. These include meeting with key policymakers in Congress, the White House, government agencies, advocacy groups and more throughout your semesters on campus and during our Washington, D.C., colloquium. You will also gain practical experience during a policy internship and employ the skills you have gained through a capstone project.

Potential Careers

  • Communications/public affairs
  • Government affairs
  • Legislative staff
  • Policy/research analyst
  • Politician
  • Nonprofit management

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Programme Description

The Master in Public Policy degree offers you the opportunity to learn the skills you need to succeed in today’s public policy profession—analytical expertise, strategic vision, clear and compelling communications, and the tools of leadership. You can earn your degree in as little as 14 months and can choose a track focused on policy analysis or strategy and communications—and select from a broad range of electives to personalize your degree. Built into the unique curriculum are a variety of experiential learning opportunities to deepen and broaden what you learn in the classroom, such as:

  • Colloquium in Washington, DC: You will be immersed in the capital scene – meeting with leaders in Congress, the White House, government agencies, political parties, advocacy groups, think tanks, and more.
  • Policy Internship: You will work in a policy-focused organisation to gain practical, real-world experience and a valuable perspective on careers in public policy.
  • Capstone Project: You will employ the skills you have gained to delve deeply into a specific policy area to produce a comprehensive written report and oral presentation.

Programme Delivery and Location

Academic courses are offered in-person on the University of New Hampshire’s Durham campus with a portion of the experiential learning taking place offsite: Washington, DC, for the Colloquium and at the Internship site location during the internship experience.

Academic Requirements for the Programme

Students enrolled in the Carsey School's Master in Public Policy program are required to complete a forty (40) credit program, consisting of:

  • Five (5) Core Curriculum Courses
  • Four (4) Experiential Learning Activities
  • Two (2) Public Policy Track Courses (Strategy and Communication Track or Policy Analysis Track)
  • Four (4) Elective Courses

These provide the foundational analytical, strategic, and communication skills for a successful career in the world of policymaking. Students focus their policy studies by choosing either the Strategy and Communication Track or the Policy Analysis Track and completing two courses in one of the tracks. Courses in both tracks can also be taken as open electives. Further opportunities for depth and specialization in substantive policy areas are provided by open elective courses which vary by semester.

Application Checklist

Transcripts: One official transcript should be sent directly to the UNH Graduate School from each institution you attended for at least 2 semesters. All submitted transcripts must be in English.

Personal Statement: This should be a clear, concise statement of your relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of your goals in pursuing your graduate degree.

3 Letters of Recommendation: These should include academic and professional references. References from family or friends are not accepted.

Resume: Please include relevant job experience(s), skills, and education.

Test Scores:

  • The GRE is required.
  • Official TOEFL iBT (80+) or IELTS (6.5+). If an international applicant’s previous education was in English and they can provide documentation demonstrating their written facility with the English language, a TOEFL waiver can be requested.

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Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The Carsey School is nationally recognized for policy education, research, and bringing people together for thoughtful dialogue to address important societal challenges. To its core, the Carsey School ... Read More

The Carsey School is nationally recognized for policy education, research, and bringing people together for thoughtful dialogue to address important societal challenges. To its core, the Carsey School is about making positive change. Our students gain the skills to start and build impactful careers, learning from both leading scholars and leading practitioners in policy, community development, and public management. Our faculty and staff engage communities, advise policymakers, and convene public discussions. Read Less