This is the third blog post in a series by the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program at the University of New Hampshire.
Read the first one: Masters Students Apply Learned Knowledge to Help Communities and, the second one: Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice: Classes and Professors.

Student Diolito Valdemar

Student Diolito Valdemar is shown working on his project to provide solar-powered lights to low income people in several non-electrified regions of the Philippines.


Applying for the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice

The application process is a simple three-step process and involves the following:

Step One: Check Qualifications and Requirements

Before starting an application, candidates should first ascertain their eligibility. The specific eligibility criteria for students to be admitted to the program are as follows:

  1. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  2. Professional-level work experience. Recent undergraduates with strong academic credentials and one or more years of relevant experience may also be considered.
  3. An international student whose bachelor’s degree was not earned from an institution in which English was the language of instruction must submit proof of competency in English. Applicants currently attending an English-speaking graduate school are not exempt. Competency in English can be demonstrated by the following methods:
    • Taking the TOEFL and receiving a minimum score of 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computer-based test or 80 on the iBT. For more information, visit the ETS Web page.
    • Taking and submitting results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score no less than 6.5. For more information, visit:


Step Two: Complete Online Application

Application to the program begins with completing the Online Application Form for the Graduate School at the University of New Hampshire. This Online Application requires only basic information (personal information, academic credentials, and experience/background) and can be completed prior to gathering all required documents mentioned in Step Three below. If needed, applicants can submit the names of their three references at a later date. Once the application is submitted, all other documents that follow can be connected to the particular applicant. This will also allow the program to monitor your application process and send reminders as to what items are in the application and what are yet to be submitted.

Step Three: Submit Relevant Materials

The program looks for applicants who have proven academic ability to complete a rigorous course of study and some professional-level work experience. Candidates are evaluated after a review of the following materials that are required as part of the application process:
Personal statement: 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 interest and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master’s degree. The personal statement is the single most important part of the application. In it, applicants should clearly demonstrate their interest in the program and how it fits into their specific career goals.
Transcripts of prior college and/or graduate schoolwork: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or equivalent) from an accredited university. Applicants must submit one official copy from each college/university attended for at least one year. Official transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes.
Letters of recommendation: Three letters of reference are required. These should include academic and professional references. References from family or friends are not accepted.
Résumé/curriculum vitae: All applicants to the master’s program must submit a current resume to Please submit it at the same time as all the other supporting materials.
Besides these documents, applicants are also required to pay a non-refundable $65 Application Fee.
Applicants from the state of New Hampshire can complete a Residency Form found in here that qualifies them for the in-state tuition rates.
To learn more and to apply to the program, visit the admission page.

Financial Aid News

Carsey School of Public Policy Scholarships

The Carsey School of Public Policy offers a limited number of needs-based partial tuition scholarships to students who have submitted the online application to the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program.  In order to be considered for the 2015 Carsey School Scholarship, please download, complete, and submit your completed application to Sanjeev Sharma, Admissions and Academic Advisor:  The deadline for submissions is February 15th. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an award within two to three weeks after submitting a completed application. We also encourage students who are awarded a scholarship to leverage their award by seeking additional funding opportunities from other sources.

Melvin Rines Fellowship

Offered for the first time, the Melvin Rines Fellowship is a highly competitive scholarship award for motivated, talented, young professionals committed to making a difference on the African continent through work in financial innovation and enterprise development. This Fellowship provides a partial tuition scholarship to qualified students who enroll in the Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice program and will help to prepare awardees for a rewarding career and future leadership roles within the finance field in Africa. Successful candidates must be committed to Africa’s development and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional achievement, as well as effective team work and leadership potential. To learn more about this fellowship and other financial aid opportunities, please visit our page.
If you have any questions about this application process or available financial aid, please contact Sanjeev Sharma, Admission and Advising Specialist, at or 603-862-1871.