Community Development Policy and Practice (M.A.)

https://carsey.unh.edu/community-development-policy-practice-ma

The MA in Community Development Policy and Practice program (MCD degree) prepares you for a career in community and economic development. While earning this community development degree, you will tackle real-world situations through a capstone project and engage with leading experts and academics in a program designed for working professionals just like you. Through coursework and experiential opportunities, you will learn from seasoned practitioners in subjects ranging from economics and community financing to community organizing and public health.

  • Gain effective community development skills and tools through an applied four-term capstone project in your community
  • Connect with respected field experts across disciplines, including faculty and peers
  • Start in the fall or spring and graduate in 14 to 16 months
  • No GRE required

Program Delivery & Location:  Core academic courses for the MCD degree are offered online with choices for taking optional elective courses online or in person on UNH campuses. Students are free to carry out their capstone projects in their chosen community.

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

Students enrolled in the Carsey School's MA in Community Development Policy and Practice program (MCD degree) are required to complete a 36 credit program, consisting of 12 courses and a four-term capstone project:

  • Five (5) CORE Curriculum Courses
  • Four (4) EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Courses
  • Three (3) ELECTIVE Courses

These provide the applied foundational community and economic development skills in strategy, practice, and analysis for a successful career in community development. In this program, students will examine each of the core interdisciplinary areas within the cross-cutting lenses of public policy, data collection, and analysis as students directly apply what they learn in the classroom through a capstone project centered on community engagement for sustainable development. Further opportunities for depth and specialization are provided through a variety of elective courses which vary each year as well as the opportunity to conduct independent studies to delve deeper into a specific aspect of a student's community or capstone project.

CORE Required Courses (5 Courses)
DPP 901Integrative Approaches to Development Policy and Practice3
DPP 902Economic Analysis for Development3
DPP 905Fiscal Management for Development Organizations3
DPP 906Organizational Management and Leadership3
DPP 908Policy Seminar3
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Courses (4 Courses) 1
DPP 980Introduction to Community Development Projects3
DPP 981Project Design and Planning3
DPP 982Project Implementation and Monitoring3
DPP 983Project Evaluation3
ELECTIVE Courses: Choose Three (3) 3-Credit Courses 29
Global Health
Environmental Sustainability and Development
Environmental Factors in Development Practice
Nuts and Bolts of Microfinance
Community Medicine and Epidemiology
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Housing Development
Financing Development
Social Enterprise
Community Development Finance
Public Safety and Community Development
Independent Study
Total Credits36

MCD SAMPLE DEGREE PLAN: Fall Start (Typical)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
E-Term 1  
DPP 901 Integrative Approaches to Development Policy and Practice 3
DPP 980 Introduction to Community Development Projects 1 3
E-Term 2  
DPP 906 Organizational Management and Leadership 3
DPP 981 Project Design and Planning 1 3
 Credits12
Spring
E-Term 3  
DPP 902 Economic Analysis for Development 3
DPP 982 Project Implementation and Monitoring 1 3
E-Term 4  
DPP 905 Fiscal Management for Development Organizations 3
DPP 983 Project Evaluation 1 3
 Credits12
Summer
E-Term 5  
DPP 908 Policy Seminar 3
MCD Elective Course 2 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall
E-Term 1  
MCD Elective Course 2 3
MCD Elective Course 2 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits36

MCD SAMPLE DEGREE PLAN: Spring Start

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
E-Term 3  
DPP 902 Economic Analysis for Development 3
E-Term 4  
DPP 905 Fiscal Management for Development Organizations 3
 Credits6
Summer
E-Term 5  
DPP 908 Policy Seminar 3
MCD Elective Course 2 3
 Credits6
Fall
E-Term 1  
DPP 901 Integrative Approaches to Development Policy and Practice 3
DPP 980 Introduction to Community Development Projects 1 3
E-Term 2  
DPP 906 Organizational Management and Leadership 3
DPP 981 Project Design and Planning 1 3
 Credits12
Second Year
Spring
E-Term 3  
DPP 982 Project Implementation and Monitoring 1 3
MCD Elective Course 2 3
E-Term 4  
DPP 983 Project Evaluation 1 3
MCD Elective Course 2 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits36

NOTES:

  • Develop interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to integrate theory, policy, data collection, and analysis.

  • Acquire an understanding of complex development issues and problems.

  • Apply learning to real-world situations.

  • Effectively communicate findings to various audiences both verbally and in writing.