Undergraduate Programs

Fast-Track Program

If you are a current UConn undergraduate and have an interest in gaining the skills to work in a nonprofit organization or public service/policy area then the Fast-Track program could be an excellent match for you.

The MPA Fast-Track is flexible. Students can choose to complete just one MPA course or up to 24 MPA credits while still an undergraduate.

You can complete up to half of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program while you finish your undergraduate degree. If you then choose to apply to the MPA program you can finish it in only one year of graduate full-time study. Courses for the Fast-Track are offered at the Storrs and West Hartford Campuses.

Fast-Track and the Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The MPA program develops the skills public service professionals need to diagnose problems, collect and analyze information, plan, choose among policy alternatives, communicate findings, implement programs, and manage change.

The program serves students with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds and places them in a wide variety of occupations. Our graduates work in local, state, and federal government, as well as in non-profit and private organizations.

Alumni hold a wide variety of positions at all organizational levels such as budget analysts, human resource managers, program administrators, policy analysts with top consulting firms, program evaluators, and survey researchers.

The MPA program sponsors a competitive year-long internship program called the Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program. If you participate in the IPP program you will earn almost a year of valuable professional work experience while completing the MPA degree. The IPPs currently carry a tuition waiver, stipend, and eligibility for medical benefits.

Honor students

The MPA Fast-Track graduate courses might meet honors program requirements. Please check with your honors advisor.

Urban and Community Studies majors

All UConn majors are eligible for the MPA Fast-Track program. However, the MPA and the Urban and Community Studies (UCS) program have a unique arrangement to allow Fast-Track courses to meet certain UCS major requirements!

Public Policy Minor

All graduate MPA courses can also be counted toward a minor in Public Policy. The minor requires 5 “PP” courses. In the semester you are planning to graduate, simply complete the Minor Audit sheet and send it to Candace Fitzpatrick at candace.fitzpatrick@uconn.edu.

Eligibility and application requirements

Applying to the MPA Fast-Track Program is easy.

Eligibility Requirements:

3. You are a current UConn undergraduate student at any campus
4. You have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

View our information about how to apply to the Fast-Track Program.

For more information please contact Candace Fitzpatrick, Department of Public Policy Interim Administrative Program Director, at candace.fitzpatrick@uconn.edu.