Carsey School of Public Policy at University of New Hampshire - Durham

Why you should consider this program

Master in Community Development Policy and Practice

Suited for community development practitioners and those transitioning into the field, students can choose to complete the program in 14 to 24 months. 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. Ideal for working professionals, this hybrid master's program combines short, in-person summer terms with interactive online terms fall through spring. 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.

Master in Public Policy

This degree offers students the skills to have an impact and make a difference—to make change happen and defend past progress—in the often challenging environment of 21st century policy making. Students 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.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 28,007 $ 8,000 $ 20,007
Out of state $ 30,740 $ 8,000 $ 22,740
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

26% of tuition waiver for out of state students and 29% of tuition waiver or in state students.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Fellows may also qualify for other community-based fellowship opportunities which may pay certain stipends.

Annual cost of living (estimated): $ 1,300 (Master in Community Development) and $12,000 (Master in Public Policy).  Note that annual living costs for the Master in Community Development reflects the 3 weeks in residence during the summer term with the balance of academic terms being held online. Living costs accrued outside of the summer term will depend on the student’s housing choices.

Application fee waived?



Master in Community Development Policy and Practice

Students in the program take a course sequence in Project Design, Implementation, Management, and Evaluation — and put theory into practice through a major applied project in a community. Fellows may choose a community they would like to implement their projects with or the program can assist them to identify one. Examples and details can be found on here

Master in Public Policy

Actual experience in a policy setting. In some cases this will be a
credit-bearing internship, supervised by a faculty member who will provide the academic structure to parallel the applied experience.  In other cases a policy internship may not be appropriate for academic credit; in such cases the internship experience fulfills the requirement but does not provide credits.  Carsey faculty will provide guidance and oversight for these internships as well.

Jobs for program alumni

A sample of recent graduates now work in the following positions and organizations:

  •  Fiscal Analyst, Massachusetts State Senate Ways and Means Committee
  • Legislative Aide, State of Alaska, Alaska, USA
  • President, Terra Green CDC, California, USA  
  • Executive Director,  Immigrant Women's Health, Maine, USA  
  • Environmental Analyst,  New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC),  Massachusetts, USA 
  • Program Director, Community Impact Associates, Massachusetts, USA   
  • Writer and Producer of Cultural Nepal, Acton TV, Massachusetts, USA  
  • Director of Cultural Competency and Global Diversity,  Hun School of Princeton, New Jersey, USA  
  • Policy Analyst,  Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon, USA 
  • Regional Services Manager, Australian Red Cross 
  • Community Finance Consultant, Community Empowerment Solutions, Guatemala 
  • Chair, Poverty Impact Council, United Way, Canada 
  • Founder, Cambia Development Foundation, Canada 
  • Director, Paso Pacifico, Nicaragua 
  • CEO/Senior Consultant, Inclusive Access Synergy Limited, Nigeria 
  • Regional Director, Center for Agriculture and Rural Development, Philippines
  • Deputy Directory for Legal and Security Operations, CARD Bank, Inc., Philippines 
  • Regional Refugee Coordinator, Kansas Department of Children and Families, Kansas, USA 
  • Learning Manager,  Development Academy of the Philippines, Philippines

More details can be found on:

Other details

Program length

14 to 24 months

Application requirements

Official college transcripts, 3 academic or professional references, personal statement, $65 application fee, resume, GRE (for the Master in Public Policy only)

Admissions process

Send an email to [email protected] stating that you are a Coverdell Fellow applicant.

Program begins

Early June (Master in Community Development) or September (Master in Public Policy)

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
  • Low residency or distance learning (Master in Community Development)
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship (Master in Community Development)
  • Two 3 week in-person sessions in the summer followed by fall and spring courses online (Master in Community Development)

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Sanjeev Sharma, Admissions and Academic Advising

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Durham, New Hampshire 03824