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In keeping with our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive environment, the Department of Public Policy welcomes applications from all individuals regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion, or beliefs. Learn more about how to apply to UConn and specific program requirements below.

 

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Graduate Degree Programs

Note: UConn undergraduate fast-track program applications are received on a rolling basis year-round.

Fall Admission


May 15

Prospective MPP and MPA students who would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship should apply by February 15.

Spring Admission


November 1

Prospective MPP and MPA students should contact the Department before applying due to the sequential nature of the programs.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

Applications for all graduate degree and graduate certificate programs are completed through the Graduate School’s Online Application.

UConn undergraduate fast-track applications should be emailed directly to dpp@uconn.edu.

The following components are required for admissions to all graduate degree, graduate certificate, and UConn undergraduate fast-track programs in the Department of Public Policy:

  • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of if a degree was awarded. For those who apply through the Graduate School’s online application, official transcripts should be sent to gradadmissions@uconn.edu or the following address if admitted:

University of Connecticut
Whetten Graduate School
438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152

  • A current resume
  • A 2-3 page double-spaced personal statement explaining your interest in your intended program, why you are pursuing said program, and how this program can help you reach your career goals.

Additional components for graduate degree and graduate certificate program applications include:

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Public Administration (MPA) // Master of Public Policy (MPP)

All applicants are required to submit GRE scores. In certain circumstances, the GRE can be waived. The following waiver options are available:

  • I am a current UConn undergraduate, or I graduated in the last three years from UConn with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • I graduated from UConn in the last five years with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • I am a current non-UConn undergraduate, or I graduated from a four-year college or university in the last five years with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Please email a GRE Waiver Request Statement that reflects one of the above statements to dpp@uconn.edu to request a GRE waiver. Please note the lack of quantitative evidence on undergraduate transcripts will be viewed negatively by the admissions committee without GRE scores.

Three letters of recommendation are also required. For current and recent undergraduates it is recommended that two letters of recommendation are from recent professors. Letters can be uploaded directly to the application or emailed to dpp@uconn.edu by the recommender only.

Due to COVID-19 we are currently requiring one letter of recommendation for Spring 2021 admissions. You may submit more. If you would like to waive the two remaining letters required by the system please email us at dpp@uconn.edu for more information.

Note: If you are applying by February 15 and wish to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, please select “Yes” for the question “Are you applying for a GA/Fellowship” in the survey section of the application.

MPA Executive Track

In the Survey section of the application, please indicate that you are applying to the Executive Track (Fellows) program. Once selected, the Department can manually waive your GRE requirement.

One letter of recommendation is also required, though applicants can submit more than one. Recommendations can be uploaded directly to the application or emailed to dpp@uconn.edu by the recommender only. The system requires three letters of recommendation. If you plan to submit less than three letters, please email dpp@uconn.edu for instructions on how to waive the remaining letters required by the application system.

Master of Arts in Survey Research

Three letters of recommendation are required. For current and recent undergraduates it is recommended that two letters of recommendation are from recent professors.

Recommendations can be uploaded directly to the application or emailed to dpp@uconn.edu by the recommender only.

Due to COVID-19 we are currently requiring one letter of recommendation for Spring 2021 admissions. You may submit more. If you would like to waive the two remaining letters required by the system please email us at dpp@uconn.edu for more information.

Graduate Certificates

Two letters of recommendation are required for the Graduate Certificates Public Financial Management, Leadership and Public Management, Nonprofit Management, and Survey Research. Recommendations can be uploaded directly to the application or emailed to dpp@uconn.edu by the recommender only.

Due to COVID-19 we are currently requiring one letter of recommendation for Spring 2021 admissions. You may submit more. If you would like to waive the remaining letter required by the system please email us at dpp@uconn.edu for more information.

UConn Undergraduate Fast-Track Program

Applicants must submit a copy of or a screenshot of their SAT or ACT scores. If you do not have access to these scores or if you do not remember them, please state that in your application email.


Information for Additional Audiences

Current UConn Graduate Students Applying to a DPP Graduate Program

Current UConn graduate students do not pay the application fee. The fee is automatically waived. If you applied to UConn as a graduate student for the fall 2019 semester or later, please email dpp@uconn.edu for further instructions to reduce the number of components you need to resubmit.

Individuals Interested in Non-Degree Registration

Prior to formally applying, students can take up to six credits (equivalent to two courses) as a non-degree student. If they earn a B- or better, this coursework can be applied toward a degree program if the course was taken within six years of degree application. Non-degree students must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to registration. Please take the following steps to register:

  • Apply for non-degree study

Program Affiliation: approved to take an online graduate certificate program course (even if it is in-person)
Program: Nonprofit Management; Leadership and Public Management; Survey Research
Campus: Hartford (even if it is online)