Master of Public Administration

Curriculum and Courses

Developing the skills necessary to be leaders in the public service rests upon four basic elements: knowledge, skills, values, and behavior. The MPA program is organized around (1) core courses, (2) electives, (3) supervised field internship, and (4) capstone.

(1) CORE COURSES

The MPA core curriculum consists of nine courses:

  • PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiations, and Contract Management
  • PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy
  • PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector
  • PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations
  • PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • PP 5365 Human Resource Management
  • PP 5370 Applied Research Design
  • PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration
  • PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods

Core Course Descriptions

(2) ELECTIVES

Students complete the 9 credits of electives in areas that support their career goals. Students are encouraged to speak with their advisor about elective choices. Our focus areas include social policy, public finance and budgeting, nonprofit management, leadership and public management, and public policy. Students can also choose, with the advice of their advisor, to pursue a more generalist approach to their electives or to create their own focus area.

Examples of other topics studied by students in the past include local government management, environmental policy, educational leadership, and social policy. Students are not limited to the Department of Public Policy for their elective courses. In fact, the MPA program encourages students to choose elective courses in other departments or schools.

Below are some examples of past courses that have been offered in our focus areas. The courses offered vary from year-to-year.

Public Finance and Budgeting:

  • PP 5318 Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PP 5317 Capital Financing and Budgeting
  • PP 5326 Public Investment Analysis
  • PP 5373 Budgeting in Public Service Organizations

Nonprofit Management:

  • PP 5323 Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PP 5324 Grant Writing and Fund Development
  • PP 5328 Business Functions for Nonprofit Organizations
  • PP 5319 Program Development and Evaluation

Public Policy:

  • PP 5344 Social Policy
  • PP 5327 Analysis for Management Decision-Making
  • PP 5397 Race and Policy

Leadership and Public Management:

  • PP 5319 Program Development and Evaluation
  • PP 5318 Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PP 5373 Budgeting in Public Service Organizations
  • PP 5327 Analysis for Management Decision-Making

(3) SUPERVISED FIELD INTERNSHIP

Students test classroom theory during their internship and develop contacts that might lead to securing a position after graduation. Internships are an integral part of the MPA program. A student who has not had significant career experience must complete six credits of internship.

Please click here to learn more about our internship and this requirement.

(4) CAPSTONE PORTFOLIO

The Capstone Portfolio class is a one-credit course that provides a synthesis of the skills and competencies important to completing the MPA programs and for professionals in the public service.


MPA Model Program

UConn MPA Model Program for Full-Time Study

Year 1

Fall Spring
Introduction to Public Policy and Management Applied Research Design
Economic Analysis for Public Administration Project Management in the Public Sector
Theory and Management of Public Organizations Public Finance and Budgeting
Applied Quantitative Methods Human Resource Management
Total Credits = 12 Total Credits = 12

Year 2

Fall Spring
Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management Focus area 3
Focus area 1 Capstone Portfolio ( 1 credit)
Focus area 2 (or could be in Spring) Internship (6 credits)
Internship (begun but enrolled for credits in Spring)  
Total Credits = 9 Total Credits = 10

Total credits = 43


UConn MPA Model Program for Part-Time Study

Year 1

Fall Spring
Introduction to Public Policy and Management Project Management in the Public Sector
Economic Analysis for Public Administration Public Finance and Budgeting
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 2

Fall Spring
Theory and Management of Public Organizations Applied Research Design
Applied Quantitative Methods Human Resource Management
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 3

Fall Spring
Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management Focus area 2
Focus area 1 Focus area 3
  Capstone Portfolio (1 credit)
Total Credits = 7 Total Credits = 6

Total credits = 37 (assumes waiver of 6-credit internship)