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Master of Arts in Public Policy in Concord, NH

with a Focus on State and Local Government

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Designed to accommodate the working professional, New England College’s Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) focuses on the intersection between policy and politics. Taking advantage of experienced faculty who are scholar practitioners in the policy world, and New Hampshire’s unique standing in our nation’s Presidential elections, the MAPP program prepares students for opportunities in any industry where an in depth knowledge of policy is desired, such as positions in government, advocacy groups, or the private sector. The program is complemented by our Leadership Seminars which bring to campus experts whose work seeks to advance public policy in a host of issue areas.

Key Features

  • Delivered through a hybrid delivery model (evenings/online). First of its kind in the state!
  • Classes meet one night per week either in our downtown Concord location, in the heart of the NH Government offices, or virtually and are supplemented with an online component
  • Students have the ability to convert public policy experience into academic credits consistent with the College’s emphasis on experiential education
  • Tuition discount and course waiver agreement for NH State Employees/NHBET graduates
  • 36 credit program delivered in 7 week terms – finish in as little as 8 terms!
  • Leadership Seminars, bringing in speakers and policy makers from across the United States for workshops, lectures, and conversations around specific topics.

Leadership Seminars and Speaker Series

Former White House Chief of Staff, Andrew H. Card, Jr. had a fireside chat at NEC as part of the NEC President’s Speaker Series.

NEC President’s Speaker Series: Former White House Chief of Staff, Andy Card addressed “Politics, Policy, and Civil Discourse”

The leadership seminars and speaker series are designed to bring specific people and issues in front of our students. The goal of this is to provide a context for issues that might not be covered in the classroom experience, to be brought to the attention of students, honing their understanding of the key issues facing New Hampshire – which serves as a case study. Past speakers have included candidates for office including the office of President of the United States, policy advocates, regional and national journalists working a political beat, and elected officials from every level of government.

New Hampshire will likely continue to be the first in the nation primary in our next election cycle; as a result those seeking that office will start making trips to New Hampshire. Those exploring the highest office in the US will have the opportunity to speak in the Concord Center and hold a private session with our students. In addition to those individuals seeking inroads in New Hampshire, there will be workshops with department and agency heads and committee chairs as well as opportunities to hear from key individuals advocating in Concord.

Program Outcomes

Graduates from the MAPP program should be able to:

  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze information to better understand contemporary public policy issues;
  • Contribute to teams working on policy research and formulation;
  • Apply negotiation tools to collaboratively reach consensus and identification of common objectives in diverse populations with diverging interests;
  • Be familiar with the key governmental institutions that formulate and implement public policy;
  • Articulate the nuances of political processes at the local, state, and national levels, and how they influence the formulation and implementation of public policy;
  • Understand public budgeting and resource allocation;
  • Differentiate between various methods of conducting and assessing program evaluation;
  • Carry out applied research to support communicating effectively in the policy realm.

MAPP Required Courses (36 credits)

  • Public Policy Analysis (4 credits)
  • Economic Analysis (4 credits)
  • Research Methods (2 credits)
  • State and Local Government (4 credits)
  • Governmental Policy Makers (4 credits)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (4 credits)
  • Leadership and Negotiations (4 credits)
  • Program Evaluation (4 credits)
  • Advanced Research in Public Policy (2 credits)
  • Capstone Project (4 credits)

Course Descriptions

New England College is a private, not for profit organization accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. For over 70 years we have provided exceptional education to students of all ages and interest areas, both on and off campus.

Contact Us

For information about:

The NHBET partnership please contact
Lisa Conn, Director of Partnerships

Admission, or our programs, please contact
Andrea Thomas, Graduate Admission Counselor