Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership, B.A.

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Developing agents of change in the classroom and in the field

Drawing on roots in political science, sociology, history and economics, our highly interdisciplinary Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership program is designed to give you the diverse skills and experience to shape the world. Our program was designed to give you real-world experience, connecting you with internships and hands-on service learning in government, law, nonprofit organizations and more.

You’ll explore the ways that leaders and citizens work in and around governments to address today’s complex problems while developing essential, transferable skills in critical thinking, civic and community engagement, leadership, research and data analysis.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be prepared for a career in government, law, advocacy, journalism, education and beyond — and for graduate studies in law, public policy, public administration, community development, social work, public health and more.

The Accelerated Master's Program gives diligent students the opportunity to complete a B.A. in Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership and a Master in Public Policy or Master of Public Administration from the Carsey School of Public Policy in five years. LEARN MORE

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To get your B.A. in Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the UNH Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your four-year course sequence might look like. Courses are subject to change, so visit and select "Courses at Manchester" to see the most up-to-date course schedules and descriptions.


Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGL 401 – First Year Writing or Inquiry Course ENGL 401 – First Year Writing or Inquiry Course
POLT 402 – American Politics & Government HIST 595 – Explorations (Activism in America)
Foreign Language I Foreign Language II
UMST 401 – First Year Seminar POLT 500 – U.S. Public Policy
Quantitative Reasoning Course Discovery Course


Fall Semester Spring Semester
POLT 595 – Smart Politics PS 515 – New Hampshire Politics in Action
Discovery Course Discovery Course
Elective Course Discovery Courses
Elective Course Discovery Course


Fall Semester Spring Semester
500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course 500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course
PS 695 – Independent Study (or Internship) 700-level POLT or PS Course
Discovery Course Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course


Fall Semester Spring Semester
500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course PS 701 – Senior Project and Interdisciplinary Seminar (Internship)
700-level POLT or PS Course 500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course
Elective Course Elective Course
Elective Course Elective Course

With diverse concentrations and a highly flexible curriculum, your Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership degree will open doors to limitless career and graduate education opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many related professions between 2016 and 2026. Make an impact with career possibilities in industries like government, politics, international affairs, journalism, law, business and more.

Job Title

Job Growth

Median Salary

Arbitrator, Mediator or Conciliator



Fundraising & Public Relations Manager



Paralegal or Legal Assistant



Political Science Teacher, Postsecondary



Social Community Service, Nonprofit or Government Agency Manager



Urban or Regional Planner




Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with government, local businesses and community organizations to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Public Service majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Ascentria Care Alliance
  • Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
  • Manchester City Hall
  • New Hampshire Republican State Committee
  • Office of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter
  • Turkish Cultural Center
  • UNH’s Washington Center: Spend a semester studying & interning in Washington, D.C.


If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will work with you to select courses to help you achieve your goals. Students in our program have focused their studies in the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Law
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Social Work


Actively engage in global issues while developing cross-cultural awareness through our Global Studies minor, which gives you the knowlege, skills and anlytical reasoning to analyze the impact of 21st century issues on regional, national and global communities.


The Legal Advocacy minor develops the skill-sets and knowledge bases that will help you succeed in law school, as well as in any political, media, or nonprofit career path in which strong oral and written advocacy skills are required.


Add a breadth of perspective to your degree with our Political Economy minor, helping you land a career in government, public service, business, communications or law.


Our Political Science minor gives you a foundation in American government and international politics that enriches your studies and your resume — helping you land a career in government, public service, nonprofits, international affairs or law.


Strengthen your understanding of foreign policy through our Terrorism Studies minor, which explores global and domestic politics and the origins, ideologies and goals of terrorist groups.

In partnership with the New Hampshire Community Colleges below, we've developed curriculum guides to show you which courses at your community college will transfer into UNH Manchester's Politics & Society program. 

Click on a community college below to see transferable politics & society requirements. SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF PATHWAYS. 

Questions? Contact an Admission Counselor for help.

Diligent students can complete a B.A. Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership and a master's degree through the Carsey School of Public Policy by taking graduate-level courses during your junior and/or senior years at UNH Manchester. Click on the master's degree title below to learn more about each program.

Policy Education for Leadership and Change.

The Master in Public Policy degree (MPP) offers you the opportunity to learn the skills you need to succeed in today’s public policy profession—analytical expertise, strategic vision, clear and compelling communications, and the tools of leadership. The MPP degree is ideal whether you will be completing your bachelor’s degree in the near future or are currently working in a policy-related field. You can choose a track focused on policy analysis or strategy and communications—and select from a broad range of electives to personalize your degree. Built into the unique curriculum are a variety of experiential learning opportunities to deepen and broaden what you learn in the classroom, such as:

  • Colloquium in Washington, DC: You will be immersed in the capital scene – meeting with leaders in Congress, the White House, government agencies, political parties, advocacy groups, think tanks, and more.
  • Policy Internship: You will work in a policy-focused organization to gain practical, real-world experience and a valuable perspective on careers in public policy.
  • Capstone Project: You will employ the skills you have gained to delve deeply into a specific policy area to produce a comprehensive written report and oral presentation.

You can earn your MPP degree in as little as 14 months (or 12 months for accelerated UNH students). You can also choose to earn your MPP degree over a longer period by attending part time.

Program Delivery and Location: Academic courses are offered in person on the UNH Durham campus with a portion of the experiential learning taking place offsite: Washington, D.C. for the Colloquium and at the Internship site location during the internship experience.

Knowledge for Public Service. 

The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) offers you the opportunity to learn the skills you need in all aspects of government and nonprofit management including the tools of leadership, program evaluation, budgets, planning, personnel, collective bargaining, and policy analysis. The program provides an accessible and responsive curriculum so you can address issues that are important to your region which values democratic involvement, accountability, and administrative competency in the provision and delivery of public services through its towns, cities, state agencies, and a wide range of non-governmental organizations.

  • The program’s flexible schedule accommodates full-time working professionals with courses offered year-round, typically meeting one evening per week or online
  • Study with public service professionals and professors who bring strong analysis and best practices to your learning
  • Graduate in as little as 16 months (full time) or 21 months (part time)

Program Delivery and Location: Academic courses are offered in the evenings in person on the UNH Manchester campus and online, with additional elective courses offered in person on the UNH Durham campus.