Apply Now

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.

 

Apply to UConn

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.

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 Degree 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.

     

    • All applicants are required to address the GRE in their application. Applicants may submit GRE scores OR request a GRE waiver. Please note a lack of quantitative evidence on undergraduate transcripts will be viewed negatively by the admissions committee without GRE scores. Quantitative evidence includes coursework in statistics, economics and math. The GRE is being administered online and in-person. The following GRE waivers 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.

    Applicants below these GPA thresholds may also request a waiver for additional reasons including, but not limited to, evidence of strong quantitative skills (e.g. math and statistics) on their undergraduate transcript or COVID-19 related hardship. All applicants requesting a waiver must email dpp@uconn.edu with their GRE Waiver Request Statement. They will be emailed upon submission regarding approval and verification. For any questions please email dpp@uconn.edu directly.

    • 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.
      • 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(s) 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

        MPA Fellows 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.

           

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

               

                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.
                    • 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.

                   


                  Undergraduate Programs

                  UConn Undergraduate Fast-Track Program

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

                  • 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.

                     

                    • 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)