This is the second 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 here.

Final Presentation

A student presents his final project, which dealt with the improving education in Sunflower County, Mississippi.

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice 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. Two years of relevant professional-level work experience. Recent undergraduates with very strong academic credentials and one or more years of relevant work 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:
    a) Taking the TOEFL and receiving a minimum score of 600 on the paper test or 250 on the computer-based test or 100 on the iBT. For more information, visit the ETS Web page.
    b) Taking and submitting results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score no less than 7. 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 at least two years of relevant, 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 interests 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  that qualifies them for the in-state tuition rates.

Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice

To learn more and to apply to the program, visit:

If you have any questions about this application process, please contact Sanjeev Sharma, Admission and Advising Specialist, at or 603-862-2821.