About Us

About Us

Mission

The mission of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy (DPP) is to provide high quality policy analysis, program evaluation, and survey research for investigating important public problems facing Connecticut and the nation.

DPP is committed to preparing students by education, outlook, and commitment for leadership positions in the areas of public policy, public management, nonprofit management, and survey research. DPP strives to be nationally and internationally known for the highest quality research, teaching, and public service in the areas of public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, and survey research. DPP is committed to having the highest standards of instruction, scholarship, and outreach through its academic programs.

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We Value Diversity

We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that the success of our students requires that they respect and understand the diversity of communities and cultures that surround them.

The MPA program is committed to providing a climate of education that promotes the diversity of perspectives and experience in public policy development and practice. We seek to achieve this goal through the presence of diverse people, participation of historically excluded groups, and a welcoming and inclusive climate, emphasizing equity, shared power, and responsibility.

For additional information, please visit:
Diversity at UConn: An Inclusive Community
Office of Institutional Equity

Why Choose Us

The Department of Public Policy offers several advantages

UCONN is a Top 25 public university. Collaborative research is performed in all 14 schools as well as at our 100+ research centers and institutes. We attract faculty, resources, and attention at a national level.

The University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy is committed to high quality research, teaching, and service in the areas of public policy, public management, public financial management, nonprofit management, and survey research. The Department is committed to providing a climate of inclusion that promotes diversity of perspectives and experiences.


Our Alumni are leaders of public, nonprofit, and corporate organizations in Connecticut, the U.S., and the world.

Our Students are highly qualified critical thinkers.

Our Faculty are nationally and internationally renowned researchers devoted to developing the next generation of public, nonprofit, and private sector leaders.

Our Programs are designed to meet the highest curriculum standards and feature an optimal blend of theoretical and practical knowledge.

UConn Hartford campus on September 5, 2017. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)

Scholarship That is Engaged

Experience Provided. The use of practical experiences and internships as learning tools, combined with theory, analysis, and case studies in the classroom, make our program job-relevant and intellectually challenging. Online coursework enables greater access and advancement for students.

Problem-oriented courses. We prepare students for the important responsibility of becoming public managers and policy makers by teaching strategic decision-making. Our programs develop the skills needed to diagnose problems, collect and analyze information, plan, choose among policy alternatives, communicate findings, implement programs, and manage change.

Interdisciplinary focus. The program encourages inclusion of relevant university courses in such disciplines as economics, political science, public health, law, education, social work, and business administration.

Diverse students and diverse careers. Our programs serve students with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds and prepares them for a wide variety of occupations. Our graduates work in local, state, and federal government, as well as in nonprofit and private organizations. Our alumni are leaders working as pollsters, city managers, budget analysts, human resource managers, executive directors, program administrators, policy analysts, market researchers, and in many other careers.

The right combination of size and scale. Our program is large enough to attract high caliber students from around the world and yet small enough to provide a comfortable atmosphere for personal growth and recognition. The faculty and staff are accessible to students, engaged in their lives, and committed to helping them advance.

Dual-degree programs. Students have a variety of dual degree program options, including a structured joint MPA/MA in Economics. Students have also simultaneously pursued degrees with Law (JD), International Studies (MA), Public Health (MPH), and Social Work (MSW), among other disciplines.

U.S. News and World Report

Top 10 in Public Finance and Budgeting
Top 50 Public Affairs Program
Top 20 Public University

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