Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions


For UNH students applying into the Accelerated Masters program, the deadline for a Fall 2017 start date is March 15. The Accelerated Masters deadline for a Spring 2017 start date is December 20.  For applicants requesting financial assistance , the deadline is February 15. For applicants not requesting consideration for financial assistance, rolling deadline ends June 30.

For more information, visit our Admissions page.

Carsey welcomes part-time students although, it requires some day-time availability and other time commitments that may not be possible for all. Those interested should contact us to discuss scheduling possibilities. In general, part-time students should expect to take four or more courses per-year—including the fall semester, January Term, spring semester and summer sessions. Please note that the five core classes are offered during the day—each taught one day per-week. In addition, the January Term Washington Colloquium requires spending a week in Washington, DC. Some electives are offered online and in the evening.

The MPP does not have any specific courses that have to have been taken as an undergraduate.

Yes, all applications are submitted online and begin on the Admissions page. Please note all graduate school applications go through the UNH Graduate School, the links will take you from the Carsey website to the Graduate School website.


For costs, please visit our Tuition and Cost page.

Accommodations in Washington, some meals and local transportation are covered for the Washington colloquium. Travel to and from Washington are paid by the student. Reasonable air, bus and train fares are typically available to and from Washington from most locations in the United States at this time of year. Car-pooling is also an option. 

Financial Aid

Yes, we offer both merit and needs-based scholarship as well as research fellowships to support  qualified students. For more information, visit our Scholarships page.


You will need to re-apply for scholarship funding in the next admissions cycle. Every effort will be made to provide an expedited decision. 


No.  A GRE score is one of many pieces of information in an applicant’s file, all of which are reviewed carefully by the admissions committee. The ability of the GRE to predict admissions or graduate program success varies widely among students. GRE scores, like all aspects of a student’s record, are considered in context as a part of the overall application

We only evaluate the highest score received.

Visiting the Carsey School at UNH

Appointments are encouraged to ensure that someone is available to meet with you. Our staff would be happy to schedule a visit with you. Please schedule at least one week in advance.


On-campus housing is available and there are many options in the seacoast region including in Durham itself as well as surrounding communities, such as Dover, Portsmouth and Newmarket, served by a UNH-run bus service for which there is no additional charge above the mandatory student transportation fee. Learn more about off-campus housing options.

Students are tasked with demonstrating their competency through a comprehensive project that includes a substantial piece of written work. Capstone Projects will be completed under the direction of faculty mentors and outside experts. The purpose of the capstone is as a demonstration of student capabilities and an opportunity to work with expert mentors aimed at enhancing post-graduation employment choices. ​ 

MPA and MPP programs are complementary degrees and often have overlapping courses and curriculum.  The MPA program places more emphasis on management and implementation techniques, while the MPP programs emphasize policy research and analysis. Both programs emphasize strategy and communication as foundational skills.  The MPP program  program helps build the skills and knowledge base to analyze societal problems, develop policy responses, see those responses come to fruition, and evaluate policies for effectiveness. It requires a full-time academic year to complete plus additional credits. The MPA curriculum is built around a core of skills and knowledge to prepare for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public service and non-profit management. The MPA may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis with classes offered in the evening to fit in with student work schedules. Both programs allow the taking of electives so that students in either program may benefit from the offerings of the other.

The UNH Graduate School also has a rich page of answers to FAQs for applicants here.


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Academic Partnership Coordinator:
Sarah Dorner