About Us

Our Mission


The Department of Public Policy (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.

The Department is committed to providing a climate of inclusion that promotes a diversity of thought, perspectives, and experiences. We believe that the success of our students requires that they respect and understand the diversity of communities and cultures that surround them.

US News and World Report badge for Best Grad Schools in Public Affairs, Public Finance & Budgeting, for 2021

9th
National ranking of public finance and budget programs, U.S. News & World Report

US News and World Report badge for Best Grad Schools in Public Affairs for 2021

38th
National ranking of public affairs programs, U.S. News & World Report

Our Priorities


Two graduate students in the Department of Public Policy work on group projects at the Hartford campus.

Education

The Department of Public Policy offers degree, certificate, and professional development programs that span the fields of public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, and survey research. Located at the UConn Hartford campus, our nationally-recognized programs offer students flexibility and provide them with opportunities to gain real-world experience that will help them thrive in the job market. Our academic community 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 accomplishment.

Students in our Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration programs learn from professors who are top educators and researchers in their fields. These students also put their classroom knowledge into practice through paid internships with top state agencies, city governments, and nonprofits in Connecticut. Our online graduate education in nonprofit management and survey research touches all points of the globe. Our faculty provide one-on-one guidance and are committed to each student’s advancement.

 
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Thomas Craemer, a professor in the Department of Public Policy, poses in the hallway of the UConn Hartford campus.

Research

Our faculty are nationally and internationally-renowned researchers devoted to developing the next generation of public, nonprofit, and private sector leaders. DPP professors are experts in policy analysis and program evaluation research, and have established research programs in education policy; state and local fiscal policy; social policy; family policy; diversity policy; and the demand for public services. Faculty members bring this expertise into the classroom through cases, examples, and projects.

 
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Engagement

UConn DPP students have an immersive academic experience thanks to our Department’s engagement with Connecticut’s communities, state agencies, municipalities, and nonprofits. Our Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative brings Connecticut government and nonprofit leaders together with our students to discuss the core issues of public policy and practice. Our nationally-awarded Encore!Connecticut program transitions corporate professionals to employment in the nonprofit world.

Our alumni are leaders of public, nonprofit, and corporate organizations across Connecticut, the U.S., and the world. They also engage with our students through our one-on-one mentoring program. Our Internship and Professional Practice Program inserts our graduate students into the state’s top government and nonprofit agencies in impactful paid internships which include a full year's scholarship. Our Graduate Association in Public Policy in membership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) hosts current issue seminars and volunteer engagement through the Metro-Hartford.

 
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