Master of Public Policy

Curriculum and Courses

Curriculum

The MPP curriculum is divided into four separate but related areas: Core courses, focus areas, internship, and final experience.

Core Courses

The MPP has 27 credits of core courses (9 classes). These courses are designed to provide you with the skills and competencies necessary to understand policy problems, evaluate institutional context, devise and assess alternatives, and implement change. There are three general areas of competency covered in the core: policy and organizational environments, economic and policy analysis, and methods of analysis. The required core courses are listed below.

Policy and organizational environments
PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management
PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations

Economic and policy analysis
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration
PP 5342 Policy Analysis
PP 5347 Applied Policy Topics

Methods of analysis
PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods
PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
PP 5370 Applied Research Design
PP 5314 Causal Program Evaluation

Focus Area

The focus area allows you to develop additional expertise in a specific area. The MPP program requires 9 credits (three courses) to complete a focus area. You can choose from the list of possible focus areas below, develop your own with the help of your advisor, or choose to remain a generalist and complete the focus area with three generalized courses. Examples of focus areas and possible courses include:

Nonprofit management
PP 5323 Leading and Governing Nonprofit Organizations
PP 5324 Grant Writing and Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations
PP 5319 Program Development and Evaluation
PP 5328 Business Functions of Nonprofit Organizations

Public finance and budgeting
PP 5373 Budgeting in Public Service Organizations
PP 5318 Financial Management for Public Organizations
PP 5317 Capital Financing and Budgeting
PP 5321 State and Local Fiscal Problems
PP 5326 Public Investment Analysis
PP 5327 Analysis for Management Decision-Making

Social policy (mainly offered on the Storrs campus)
PP 5344 Social Policy
PP 5397 Special Topics: Race and Policy
PP 5397 Special Topics: Housing Policy
EDLR 6322/ PP 5397 Special Topics: Economics of Education and School Finance

Public management
Courses selected from those offered as part of the UConn MPA program

Internship

The MPP requires six credits of internship. The internship allows you to hone your professional skills while gaining experience in an area of interest to you. The internship is a very important part of the UConn MPP educational experience. You can complete the internship requirement through the Department of Public Policy’s Internship and Professional Practice Program (IPP) or a standard internship in the summer or during the school year. The IPP internships span the entire academic year and provide the opportunity for you to become fully involved with a public service organization. More on the IPP can be found here.

Final Experience

During your time in the MPP you will develop a portfolio of your written work. During your last semester you will enroll in a one credit S/U course (PP 5372) where you will reflect and assess your portfolio in light of the specific competencies delivered by the MPP program. The portfolio has an added benefit of providing a handy set of your work products for prospective employers.


Model program

The MPP is design such that you can complete it in two years of full time study. The model program below provides a guide to the program classes and sequencing.

UConn MPP Model Program for Full-Time Study

Year 1

Fall Spring
PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management PP 5370 Applied Research Design
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations PP 5342 Policy Analysis
PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods Focus area 1
Total Credits = 12 Total Credits = 12

Year 2

Fall Spring
PP 5347 Applied Policy Issues PP 5314 Causal Program Evaluation
Focus area 2 PP 5372 Capstone Portfolio (1 credit)
Focus area 3 (or could be in Spring) PP 5390 Internship (6 credits)
Total Credits = 9 Total Credits = 10

Total credits = 43 


UConn MPP Model Program for Part-Time Study

Year 1

Fall Spring
PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management PP 5370 Applied Research Design
PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 2

Fall Spring
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Administration PP 5342 Policy Analysis
PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations Focus area 1
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 3

Fall Spring
PP 5347 Applied Policy Issues PP 5314 Causal Program Evaluation
Focus area 2 PP 5372 Capstone Portfolio (1 credit)
Focus area 3
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 7

Total credits = 37 (assumes waiver of Internship requirement)


MPP and the Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The MPP and MPA are related but separate degrees. The MPA emphasizes management and supervisory skills along with analytics for students interested in management careers, such as careers in nonprofit management, general state and local government management, or human resource management. The MPP has less of a focus on management but provides more analytic and quantitative training for students interested in analytic careers, such as policy analysts, program evaluators, or finance/budget analysts.

The MPP and MPA share certain classes and Department faculty often teach in both programs. The figure below shows how the MPP and MPA curricula relate to each other. The MPP and MPA have certain core courses in common and share focus area and internship experiences. In this way, the new MPP program benefits greatly from the existing and very strong MPA program.

Applying to the MPP

Application review begins on November 1st for January admission and February 15th for August admission.

Fast-Track to the MPP

A “Fast-Track” program is available for UConn undergraduates. The “Fast-Track” allows select UConn students to complete up to one year of the MPP while still an undergraduate. Click here to find more information about the Fast-Track program.