University of Connecticut undergraduate students, at all campuses, are welcome to apply to the Department’s Fast-Track Program. This program is only open to students currently enrolled at UConn campuses. Most Fast-Track students are UConn sophomores, juniors or seniors, however, some have begun as freshmen.
The Fast-Track program can “jump start” your graduate work in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees. In many cases, if planned properly, students can obtain their Masters in just one additional year after their Bachelors.
Is Fast-Track Right For Me?
If you are a current UConn undergraduate and have an interest in gaining the skills to work in a nonprofit organization, policy research and analysis or public service area then the Fast-Track program is an excellent match for you.
We welcome all majors!
Fast-Track students can be on the path to earn their Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Public Policy (MPP).
- Fast-Track and the Master of Public Administration (MPA)
The MPA program provides students with a dynamic and integrated approach to the field of public management. The use of practical experiences and internships combined with theory, analysis, and case studies in the classroom make the MPA program job-relevant and intellectually challenging.
- Fast-Track and the Master of Public Policy (MPP)
The MPP Program provides top caliber instruction in policy analysis and program evaluation. The focus is on providing you with the rigorous analytic and quantitative skills you need to assess policies and to evaluate programs. The program is centered on analysis of real-work problems and the policies and programs that address them.
How it Works
It is flexible! You do not need to take a course with us every semester, but you can also take up to four courses a semester with us. You choose the number of courses that fit your schedule, needs and interest.
There is no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition.
The Graduate courses count toward your 120 credits needed as an undergraduate.
Courses are taught once a week typically from 2-4:30pm or 5-7:30pm for Storrs classes and 4-6:30pm or 6:30-9pm for Hartford courses.
Fast-Track students must request a permission number in order to register. Regardless of your registration “pick-time,” the permission number will guarantee your spot in the course. (Please note: online courses are not typically available to Fast-Track students.)
Gaining real-world experience can add that edge to your resume you need to secure a job, but it can be challenging to find the right connections to make it happen. Our Department has relationships with dozens and dozens of local municipalities, state agencies and nonprofits from around the state that are seeking interns to work for them.
We value professional experience and encourage our students to apply to our paid internship opportunities. We offer two unique internship programs:
- The Sponsored Internship (SI) Program places active Fast-Track and master students in local, state and nonprofit agencies to work for 15-hours a week during the academic year.
- Students earn a stipend of up to $10,000 for their work.
- Student can earn academic credit for their experience.
- Internship selections begin in early February and continue as needed.
- The Internship and Professional Practice Program (IPP) is only for you once you are applying for the MPA or MPP Programs. It takes place during your fall and spring semester as a Masters student.
Students in the IPP Program intern with an organization for 15 hours per week for an entire academic year (late August through late May). Students gain a meaningful, significant managerial and/or analytic work experience in public or nonprofit agency. In compensation for your work, you will receive a tuition scholarship, stipend, and medical benefits. Student participating in the IPP also receive internship credits.
Applying to the Fast-Track Program is easy!
- You are a current UConn undergraduate student at any campus in any major
- You have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Submit the following (PDF or Word format) to Valerie.Rogers@UConn.edu:
- Personal Statement. In 2-3 pages double-spaced, tell us about yourself and your interest in joining the Fast-Track program for either the MPA or MPP degrees (or if you don’t know which program, that’s okay too.) What is your motivation and passion? What has inspired you? Do you have career goals? Our Committee cares about “fit”. This means we want to makes sure your needs and goals are a match with what we do.
- Resume. This helps us understand your academic, volunteer and work experiences.
- Unofficial Transcripts. In addition to the UConn transcripts, if you transferred into UConn please share with us those unofficial transcripts from other universities.
- SAT or ACT Scores. Please submit your SAT or ACT scores. A screen shot or copy is acceptable. If you do not have them, or do not remember, please state that in the email.
You may also mail your application to:
University of Connecticut
Department of Public Policy
1800 Asylum Ave, 4th Floor
West Hartford, CT 06117
We review Fast-Track applications on a rolling basis each month.
Attend an Informational Session
What to learn more about the Fast-Track Program? Each month we hold an Open House at the Hartford Campus and several times a semester we hold informational sessions at the Storrs Campus. Check our calendar for the next session.