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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


February 15: Priority deadline

May 15: Applications submitted after February 15 through May 15 will be evaluated based on availability. After May 15 please contact the Department directly at dpp@uconn.edu.

Spring Admission


November 1

Note for MPA and MPP: Due to course sequencing, applicants should contact the Department directly at dpp@uconn.edu prior to applying for spring. Applicants may be encouraged to apply for Fall admission.

Application Submission

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.

Below are the individual program requirements.

Graduate Programs

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

MPA and MPP applications are completed through the Graduate School’s Online Application.

  • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of if a degree was awarded. If the applicant is admitted they must send official transcripts to gradadmissions@uconn.edu or mail them to:

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.

     

    • International applicants who are not native English speakers are required to complete a test of English proficiency. For more information and waiver options, please see the Graduate Schools FAQ page.

     

    • The GRE is not required; however, the admissions committee will be looking for evidence that the applicant can successfully complete all necessary coursework, which requires strong writing and analytic/quantitative skills. If an applicant’s record of prior coursework does not demonstrate these abilities the applicant might benefit from submitting GRE scores or having recommendation writers specifically address such skills in their letters.

    With questions about the GRE please email us at dpp@uconn.edu.

     

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

     

     

        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 (Fellows)

        MPA Fellows applications are completed through the Graduate School’s Online Application. In the Survey section of the application, please indicate that you are applying to the Executive Track (Fellows) program.

        • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of if a degree was awarded. If the applicant is admitted they must send official transcripts to gradadmissions@uconn.edu or mail them to:

        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.

           

          • International applicants who are not native English speakers are required to complete a test of English proficiency. For more information and waiver options, please see the Graduate Schools FAQ page.

           

          • The GRE is not required.

           

          • 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 two letters of recommendation. If you plan to submit less than two letters, please email dpp@uconn.edu for instructions on how to waive the remaining letter required by the application system.

           

            Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR)

            MASR applications are completed through the Graduate School’s Online Application.

            • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of if a degree was awarded. If the applicant is admitted they must send official transcripts to gradadmissions@uconn.edu or mail them to:

            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.

               

              • International applicants who are not native English speakers are required to complete a test of English proficiency. For more information and waiver options, please see the Graduate Schools FAQ page.

               

              • GRE scores are not required

               

              • Three letters of recommendation are 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.

               

                Graduate Certificates

                Graduate Certificate applications are completed through the Graduate School’s Online Application.

                • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of if a degree was awarded. If the applicant is admitted they must send official transcripts to gradadmissions@uconn.edu or mail them to:

                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.

                   

                  • International applicants who are not native English speakers are required to complete a test of English proficiency. For more information and waiver options, please see the Graduate Schools FAQ page.

                   

                  • GRE scores are not required.

                   

                  • 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.

                   


                  Undergraduate Programs

                  UConn Undergraduate Fast-Track Program

                  UConn undergraduate fast-track applications are available through the Graduate School’s Online Application. The Public Policy Fast-Track application is available under "pre-grad and non-degree programs." This application does not require an application fee or test scores. Applications require the following elements:

                  • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of if a degree was awarded. If the applicant transferred from another institution prior to attending UConn they need to submit those transcripts.

                   

                    • 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

                     

                    Fast-Track applications are accepted on a rolling-basis with students beginning coursework in either fall or spring.


                      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:

                      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)