Since 1948, the Graduate Program of the Department of Political Science has been educating students, scholars and civic leaders in all domains of political life. Encompassing a range of research fields, our graduate program allows students to explore the nature and distribution of political power and resources at the individual and community levels, as well as federal, state and local governments, electoral politics, and in the international arena.
The Department of Political Science at UNH offers two graduate degree programs: the master of arts in political science and the master of public administration. Both provide advanced study in international relations and comparative politics, American politics, public policy, and public administration. The programs serve students interested in working in government, public service, nonprofit management, electoral politics, education and research, and in preparing for Ph.D. programs. These degree programs give students the flexibility to tailor their coursework to individual interests within a curriculum that ensures a strong foundation in international and domestic politics, research methods, and public management. Faculty engage in teaching and research activities encompassing the fields of international and comparative politics, American politics, political thought, and public administration.
Both programs are offered to full- and part-time students. The M.A. program is offered in Durham. The M.P.A. program offers evening courses for working professionals primarily at the Manchester campus, with some elective course offerings at the Durham campus. The MPA Program also offers a limited number of on-line courses during the academic year.
The Graduate Program also offers the Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy. Administered by the Department of Political Science Graduate Program, it can include coursework from a number of other graduate programs. The Certificate is designed to give current graduate students, alumni and others in the community training and analysis on issues connecting environmental and social sustainability, politics and policy making initiatives. Such training is increasingly valuable for careers in the public sector, in non-profit organizations and in the private sector for both smaller and larger companies.