Professional Programs

Center on Social Innovation and Finance

Professional Programs

Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice
The Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice is a program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in sustainable development both in the United States and in developing countries. The program has two pathways to complete the master's degree: a 14-month pathway and a 24-month pathway.

Students are early- and mid-career adults working in a variety of development fields, and in particular those from public agencies and international and domestic nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Applicants to the program come from both international and domestic organizations and work in areas ranging from public policy, planning, economic development, sustainable development, environmental policy, public health, education, microenterprise, and more.

Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program
This program offers training and networking opportunities for practitioners in Ghana, Tanzania, Togo, and at UNH. Course topics cover a wide range of best practices from financial, risk, and human resource management, social performance monitoring and management, value chain and ProPoor market development, social enterprise, savings led microfinance, and sustainable responses to climate change.

Certificate in Community Development Finance
The Certificate in Community Development Finance is jointly offered by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and Opportunity Finance Network. It is designed for practitioners who are interested in learning about the fundamentals of the opportunity finance industry, which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities.

Financial Innovations Roundtable
A “think-do” tank created in 2000, the Financial Innovations Roundtable creates cross-sector partnerships among conventional and non-traditional lenders, investors, and markets to provide low-income communities with increased access to capital and financial service. In partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute
An annual two-day “boot camp” for social entrepreneurs co-managed with Gary Hirschberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm. The institute has served hundreds of entrepreneurs by offering an intimate and stimulating environment to learn about financing, marketing, and managing change.