give a year: City Year Partnership

The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute is proud to be a partner of City Year's give a year 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 master's program?

The Master of Arts 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 or 24 short 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 14-month project of their own design, students are guided by experienced faculty in addressing the interconnected complexities found in every community here in the United States or around the globe 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 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.
  • The master's program has a "blended /hybrid" format that is designed for working professionals with both in-person and online learning delivery platforms. It begins in mid-May of each year when students travel to UNH's Durham campus for four weeks to engage with and learn from faculty members and fellow students in person. This is followed by fall, winter, and spring academic terms that are all delivered online. Students then come back to UNH's Durham campus in May of the following year for another four weeks to complete their degree. See examples of the course models by clicking on the link: Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice Program Structure.

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

City Year give a year applicants are offered up to $7,000 in tuition scholarships during the first summer, fall, spring, and second summer terms. The precise amount of the scholarship amount 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. Complete your Online UNH Graduate School Application: Application to the program takes place online via the UNH Graduate School application page. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but there is a February 15 extended to March 15 deadline for a start in May of the same year. 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. Request Verification Letter from City Year: A verification letter must be submitted to get the application fee waived and to be considered for the scholarship. Please send an email to Amanda Smidt, City Year's National Manager of Alumni & Career Services, at with "Carsey Institute at UNH: City Year verification letter request" in the subject line and include the site where you served and dates of service in the email. This letter will be sent to the Carsey Institute and will then be added to the applicant's file at the University of New Hampshire's Graduate Admissions Office.

  3. Request Application Fee of $65 to be waived: Contact Robin Husslage, Deputy Program Manager, by email at or by phone at (603) 862-2821 to identify yourself as a City Year applicant and to have the application fee waived.

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

Robin Husslage
Deputy Program Manager
603-862-2821 (phone)
603-862-3878 (fax)