Master of Public Administration

Public Policy Fellows Program

The Public Policy Fellows (Fellows) program is designed specifically to develop sophisticated and conscientious managers with the needed skills and competencies to be effective leaders.  This includes individuals who are currently managers or who would like to prepare themselves for management positions. The UConn Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree program focused on providing future leaders with the critical analytic and management skills necessary to succeed in public service. The MPA program is committed to preparing students—-by education, outlook, and commitment—-for leadership positions through education that is both theoretically rich and skill-based. Fellows students can earn their MPA degree in five semesters of part-time study.

The MPA program is uniquely qualified to provide students in the Public Policy Fellows Program with the broad-based skills and professional development necessary to prepare them for leadership roles.  The UConn MPA program is highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The program has been in existence for over 40 years and consequently its alumni can be found in a wide variety of analytic and management positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Classes are conveniently offered one day per week in the late afternoon or early evening at the UConn Hartford and Storrs campuses.

Eligibility Requirements for All Applicants

Employees in public, nonprofit or private sector organizations with at least five years of professional experience are eligible to apply for the Fellows program. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required unless there are extraordinary circumstances. If you are a Connecticut State employee and your agency is paying for the program, additional requirements apply (see below).

MPA Curriculum and Model Program

The MPA curriculum is designed to prepare students for an important responsibility of public managers and policy makers — decision-making. The program develops the skills needed to diagnose problems, collect and analyze information, plan choose among policy alternatives, communicate findings, implement programs, and manage change.

The MPA Fellows program is designed for part-time study and organized around: eight core courses (24 credits), two Executive Leadership focus areas (6 credits), a capstone portfolio (1 credit), and 5 experiential credits. The regular (non-fellows) MPA program’s internship requirement and the required core course PP5345 Project Management in the Public Sector, are automatically waived for Fellows students, so they can complete the required 36 credits over 5 semesters. Fellows students may choose to take PP5345 Project Management in the Public Sector as an elective course.

Core Courses

PP5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management

PP5365 Human Resource Management

PP5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations

PP5364 Public Finance and Budgeting

PP5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration

PP5376 Applied Quantitative Methods

PP5370 Applied Research Design

PP5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management

Executive Leadership Focus Area

PP53nn Executive Leadership

Elective course (may include PP5345 Project Management in the Public Sector)


PP5372 Capstone Portfolio

UConn MPA Public Policy Fellows Model Program

 Year 1

Fall Spring
PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration PP 5365 Human Resource Management
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 2

Fall Spring
PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management PP 5370 Applied Research Design
PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods Elective focus area course of student’s choice
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 3

Fall Spring
Executive Leadership  
PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations  
PP 5372 Capstone Portfolio (1 credit)  
Experiential Credits (5)  
Total Credits = 12  

Total Credits = 36

Additional Requirements for Connecticut State Executive Agency Employees

For Connecticut State agency employees, the Fellows program includes both the MPA and the Leadership and Public Management (LPM) certificate programs. Click here for a list of Connecticut Executive Branch agencies. All full-time Connecticut State agency employees with at least five years of professional experience and a bachelor’s degree from accredited undergraduate institution are eligible to apply. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

Connecticut State agency employees may choose to pay for the program using tuition reimbursement through their collective bargaining unit when available or self-pay for the program.

Some agencies may choose to pay for the employee’s participation in the program. In addition to the above eligibility requirements, each agency that chooses to fund employee participation in the program might choose to have its own additional criteria.

When the employee’s agency pays the cost of the MPA or LPM program, additional requirements apply as listed below.

  • Fellows Program applicants must have received prior permission from their agency leadership to take the time necessary to attend classes and to be funded for program tuition and expenses.
  • A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program.
  • The employee is required to stay in Connecticut State employment for at least five years after completion of the program.
  • If an employee is terminated or voluntarily resigns, the state is to be reimbursed for the previous and current semester (if applicable).
  • The employees must continue to meet or exceed current job performance expectations.
  • The employees must meet all academic requirements that are required by either the MPA or LPM programs to remain enrolled in the program.
  • The employees must be current full-time classified employees (managerial or non-bargaining unit) with a minimum of two years of state service.
  • The employees and the employing agency must sign a collateral financing agreement establishing both the agency’s primary responsibility and the employee’s responsibility to repay any monies spent should they leave less than 5 years after they complete the program.