The Carsey-NeighborWorks® Alliance Program

The Carsey-NeighborWorks® Alliance Program

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and NeighborWorks® America seek to align their respective missions and visions toward the common good of community development practitioners by forming a strategic alliance to expand the educational and credentialing opportunities for those that serve affordable housing and community development fields across the country.  This alliance builds on the University's international leadership and ties directly to UNH's Strategic Plan for 2020.

What do community development practitioners gain from the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program?

The Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program will prepare you for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in the field of sustainable community development. The low-residency format allows students to maintain their professional careers while earning their graduate degree in 14 to 24 months. The interdisciplinary nature of the program equips students with the substantive knowledge and practical skills required to analyze and diagnose the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development. Through a yearlong project of their own design, students are guided by experienced faculty in addressing the interconnected complexities found in every community. They engage with, and are inspired by fellow students who bring their work experience, professional networks, enthusiasm, and life stories to the classroom.

What makes our master’s program unique? 

  • This interdisciplinary program offers courses across academic disciplines, especially the social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, and management.
  • It is an applied academic program with a variety of courses designed so students are exposed to and are provided with tools that are readily applicable to real-world situations.
  • An integral part of the program is the required, four-course project series where students learn and practice the theories and methodologies of project design, implementation, management, and monitoring & evaluation as they combine class work with on-the-ground projects that address identified social and economic needs.
  • The master's program has a hybrid format that is designed for working professionals with both in-person and online learning. Students that start the program in the summer, travel to UNH's Durham campus for a few short weeks to engage with and learn from faculty members and fellow students in person. This is followed by fall through spring academic terms that are all delivered interactively online. Students then come back to UNH the following summer for another brief stay on campus to complete their degree. Students can also choose to start the program in the fall or spring terms. See examples of the 14- and 24-month course schedules with summer, fall and spring term starts here

What benefits does the master’s program offer to community development practitioners?

If you have a NeighborWorks® Professional Certificate:

Community development practitioners who have earned or are in the process of earning a NeighborWorks® Professional Certificate that enroll in the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program are eligible to receive credit for two graduate-level courses (six credits) from the University of New Hampshire. 

If you are a NeighborWorks® Employee:

NeighborWorks employees enrolled in the University of New Hampshire’s Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program are eligible to receive tuition reimbursement according to the employee benefit package offered by NeighborWorks® America.

If you are a Student in the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program:

University of New Hampshire students enrolled in the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program are eligible to receive significant discounts when enrolling in NeighborWorks’ e-learning, eClassroom Express, and NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI) courses.  In addition, students will have timely access to various NeighborWorks scholarship opportunities offering full tuition and lodging scholarships at NeighborWorks Training Institutes.

How can NeighborWorks® Applicants be part of the master's program?

  1. Complete your Online UNH Graduate School Application: Application to the program takes place online via the UNH Graduate School application page. Applicants can apply to start the program in the fall, spring, or summer term. Application requirements include a completed online application form, 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.
  2. After acceptance into the master’s program, please:
         a. Complete the NeighborWorks Professional Certificate Information Form (click here).
         b. Forward a copy of your completed Certificate to your Academic Advisor, Sanjeev Sharma, as soon as possible.
  3. Receive up to six (6) credits for two graduate level courses: You will be enrolled in two separate Independent Study courses (DPP 990) and asked to complete an assignment for each based upon the subject matter of your NeighborWorks Professional Certificate. You will receive credit for each Independent Study course that you complete successfully (up to 6 credits). 

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

Robin Husslage
Program Manager
603-862-2338 (phone)
603-862-3878 (fax)