Master of Public Policy

Financial Support

Our Department offers many kinds of financial opportunities to students:


Graduate Assistantship

Each year a limited number of Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are awarded to incoming students submitting applications by the February 15 deadline. Awards are based on academic merit and carry a full tuition waiver, a stipend, and an offer for health insurance in exchange for a 10 hour per week work commitment from late August to late May.

To be eligible for consideration of a Graduate Assistantship, applicants should:

  • Submit their application by the February 15 deadline.
  • Ensure their GRE scores are submitted by the February 15th deadline.
  • Select “Yes” for the question in the application: “Are you applying for a GA/Fellowship?”
  • Attend the MPA or MPP program full-time.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0.
  • Not be employed by a CT state agency.
  • Not work more than 20 hours per week in addition to the 10-hour per week GA.

First year full time MPA and MPP students who have not been awarded a Graduate Assistantship are eligible to apply for an internship through the Department’s Sponsored Internship program. Each year the Department offers a limited number of these internships with nonprofit or public sector agencies. Students receive a stipend and may earn internship credits for their work.


Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) Program

Students who have completed at least 18 credits of MPA or MPP coursework and meet other minimum requirements are eligible to compete for an internship in the Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program. Students in the IPP program intern with an organization for 15 hours per week for an entire academic year (late August through late May). In compensation for the IPP, students receive a tuition scholarship, stipend, and medical benefits.

To be eligible for consideration of an IPP, applicants should:

  • Complete (or be in progress of) at least 18 credits of graduate course work in the DPP (9 of which must be core courses).
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 in all MPA/MPP courses.
  • Be attending the MPA or MPP program full-time.
  • Participate in the Department's mandatory “Mock Interview” night.

Student Work Opportunities

Depending on needs and funding, the Department offers students opportunities to work in supporting the department’s program activities. These are hourly based positions and vary year to year.


Federal Work-Study

The Department supports students who have federal Work-Study money as part of their financial aid package. Students on Work-Study support the program activities in the department. Students wishing to use their federal Work-Study in the department should contact the Administrative Program Director.