UConn Public Policy and the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR)

The Department of Public Policy (DPP) trains leaders and researchers that are committed to the public good. DPP alums are working in the public, nonprofit and private sectors to address questions about sustainability, climate change, and the health and well-being of communities.

Two Opportunities

UConn Undergraduates - DPP Fast-Track

  • Take grad level Department of Public Policy (DPP) coursework at no additional cost to your undergrad tuition while in undergrad


  • Apply your DPP grad credits towards a masters degree in:
    • Public Administration (MPA)
    • Public Policy (MPP)
    • Survey Research (MASR)


  • For MPA and MPP Fast-Tracks: Complete up to one year of a two year degree while in undergrad
    • Coursework offered in Hartford and Storrs


  • For MASR Fast-Tracks: Complete up to 12 credits towards a 30 credit degree
    • Coursework offered entirely online

Graduate Students - Masters Programs

  • Our students and alums combine the unique skillsets of their program with their personal interests in order to contribute to policies and programs that make a difference.


  • Public Administration (MPA): a focus on leadership, management and advancing the common good through the implementation of policies and programs


  • Public Policy (MPP): a focus on the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to design, analyze and evaluate the success of policies and programs


  • Survey Research (MASR): a focus on the innovative skillsets and instruments utilized to create and manage programmatic and policy data for analysis

Quick Facts

How can I tailor my degree to meet my interests?

Public Administration (MPA) and Public Policy (MPP) students are traditionally in-person for the majority, if not all, of their 43 credits of coursework. They are able to tailor their degree through their electives. MPA students have 9 credits, and MPP students have 12 credits of electives. Students have the opportunity to create focus areas that display a specific concentration of interest. Areas of interest for current and recent students include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Business Analytics
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Law
  • *Leadership and Public Management (MPP students only)
  • *Nonprofit Management
  • *Public Financial Management
  • Public Health
  • *Public Policy (MPA students only)
  • *Public Policy, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • *Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • *State and Local Government Management
  • *Survey Research
  • *Urban Planning
  • Create Your Own!

*Internal DPP focus areas. Visit our MPA and MPP specific focus area pages for more information!

Survey Research students can pursue a general track of coursework to complete their 30 credit degree online. Or they can utilize select Communication coursework towards a track in Media and Communication Campaigns. Through Communication coursework in research methods, communication campaigns, crisis risk and social media students learn to identify the variables that can strengthen social media campaigns and develop the online presence of brands.

How do I save time and money?

Public Administration and Public Policy

Fast-Track students can complete 18-credits towards their masters degree while in undergrad at no-additional cost to their undergrad tuition. This allows them to enter graduate school as a second year student who is eligible for the Internship and Professional Practice program. Full-time grad students can receive funding in their first and second year of study.

First-Year Students (Students should apply by February 15th and Select “Yes” for “Are you applying for a GA/Fellowship” in the survey section of the application.)

  • Graduate Assistantship (GA): Awarded based on academic merit to full-time students. Carries a full-tuition tuition waiver, stipend, and medical benefits in exchange for 10 hours a week work commitment. A limited amount of GA’s are available each year in either a research or teaching capacity.
  • Sponsored Internship (SI): For students not awarded a GA. Offered on a limited basis in the nonprofit or public sector, SI’s receive a stipend.
  • Student Work: Depending on needs and funding, this hourly based position offers an opportunity for students to support Departmental program activities.
  • Federal Work-Study: Supporting students with Federal Work-Study money as part of their financial aid package, these students support program activities. If a student wishes to utilize their federal Work-Study they should contact the Administrative Program Director.

Second-Year Students  (Fast-Track students need to apply by February 15th their senior year to be IPP eligible.)

  • Internship and Professional Practice (IPP): For full-time students who have completed 18 credits of MPA or MPP coursework, including 9 credits of core coursework. Students must participate in Mock Interview Night and Resume Workshop. Students carry a tuition scholarship, stipend, and medical benefits in exchange for 15 hours a week at either a public or nonprofit organization.

Survey Research

Through the fast-track program students can 12-credits towards their 30-credit masters degree while in undergrad at no additional cost to their undergrad tuition. After graduation they can complete their master's degree for less than $15,000. Their remaining 18-credits of coursework can be completed within a year.

Students who do not pursue the fast-track option can complete their degree for less than $25,000 for their 30-credit degree.

Both fast-track students and full-time graduate students have an internship requirement.

Our program differs from the traditional fee schedule on the Bursar's website. Students pay $825 per credit while they are a grad student, but they do not pay extra to take grad courses while in undergrad. This $825 cost remains the same no matter where you live, so students can pursue a job in Los Angeles or London and pay the same rate. This cost includes tuition and fees. Many of our students work while completing their degree, and a number of students receive tuition reimbursement from their employer.

      What do DPP Alumni do?

      Michael Cocchiola
      Mike (MPA), Research Associate at the National Academy of Medicine

      Hannah Casey
      Hannah (MPP), Sustainability Specialist at Dominion Energy

      Conor Merchant
      Conor (MPA), Community Health Educator at the Hispanic Health Council

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      Rachel, Survey Methodologist at USDA

      Our alumni go on to careers in areas including but not limited to education, finance, government, healthcare, marketing and policy. 97% of Department of Public Policy alums are employed within six months of graduation in their desired field or pursuing further education in law, medicine or a PhD program. Roughly 40% of our students each year find employment outside of Connecticut.

      Current Alumni Employers Include:

      • Anthem, Inc.
      • CT Office of Policy and Management
      • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
      • Foodshare
      • International Rescue Committee
      • Mount Sinai Health Systems
      • U.S. Census Bureau
      • U.S. Department of Agriculture


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