City Year Alumni University Partnership

City Year Alumni University Partnership

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire  is proud to be a partner of City Year's Alumni University Partnership Program. The partnership builds on the University's international leadership and ties directly to UNH's Strategic Plan for 2020.

What do City Year applicants gain from the Carsey School's master's programs?

The Carsey School of Public Policy's graduate programs prepare individuals for advanced policy and sustainable community development work both in the United States and around the globe. These programs offer you the skills to have an impact and make a difference in the often challenging environment of the 21st century. Students are early- to mid-career professionals interested in obtaining an advanced degree that will give them both practical training for creating real-world innovative change and expertise from leading professionals in the field.

Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience required to qualify for management positions within all levels of government, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, foundations, research institutes and centers, community-based organizations, and private corporations.

What makes our program unique?

  • Master in Public Policy:  Students accepted into this master’s degree program will begin this full-time, on campus program in the fall and complete the program in as little as 16 months (including a capstone and internship). Optional dual degrees include Public Policy and Juris Doctor (MPP/JD) and Public Policy and Analytics (MPP/MS Analytics) dual degrees. Learn more at

  • Master of Public Administration:  Students accepted into this master’s degree program can begin in the fall with evening courses at the UNH Manchester campus. Optional electives are also offered online and at UNH’s Durham campus. At a full-time pace, students can complete the program in approximately 16 months (including a capstone project). This flexible program allows students to continue working while earning their degree. Learn more at

  • Master in Community Development Policy and Practice:  Students accepted into this hybrid master’s degree program can begin in the fall with the online portion of the program which continues through the spring semester.  These online semesters are followed by a three-week on campus summer term at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, NH. The following spring through fall semesters are also taken online and are followed by the second and final three-week summer term on the UNH campus – completing the program in 24 months. This program is ideally suited for working professionals that wish to earn their degree while continuing to work.  Learn more at

What benefits does the master's program offer to City Year Applicants?

City Year applicants are offered up to $7,000 in tuition scholarships awarded in equal amounts over the first four terms. The precise amount of the scholarship is based upon years of service. For more detailed information on scholarship amounts and eligibility, click here.

How can City Year Applicants be part of the master's program?

  1. Apply to one of Carsey’s master’s degree programs:  Application to the program takes place online via the UNH Graduate School application page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but each degree program has their own application deadline dates and requirements. Application requirements include a completed online application form, a $65 application, an undergraduate degree, academic transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, an up-to-date resume, and a personal statement of the applicant’s relevant past experiences (including academics, research, and/or work experience). The personal statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master's degree. If applying for the Master in Public Policy, the GRE is required.
  2. Request Verification Letter from City Year: A verification letter must be submitted in order to be considered for the scholarship and to have the UNH Graduate School $65 application fee waived. Please send an email to with "Carsey School at UNH - City Year Verification Letter Request" in the subject line and include the site(s) where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent electronically by City Year to the UNH Graduate School Admissions Office and added to your applicant file.
  3. Complete the Carsey School Online Scholarship Application Form:  Please complete and submit the online scholarship application by April 20th.  Once this and the City Year verification letter are received, applicants will be notified within two to three weeks of their awards.

Who do City Year Applicants get in touch with for any questions or clarifications?

Sarah Dorner