UConn Public Policy and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
As a member of UConn's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Public Policy (DPP) knows the importance of the intersection of culture and the natural world. Our students find their niche through a wide variety of interests and careers.
UConn Undergraduates - Fast-Track
- Take graduate level Public Policy coursework at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition while an undergraduate
- Save time and money!
- Apply your DPP grad credits towards a masters degree in:
- MPA and MPP: Complete up to one year of a two year degree
- Coursework offered in Hartford and Storrs
- MASR: Complete up to 12 credits towards a 30 credit degree
- Coursework offered entirely online
Graduate Students - Masters Programs
- Our students and alums combine degree skillsets and personal interests 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
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 nine 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:
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.
Joint Masters Degree Program in Public Administration or Public Policy and Latino & Latin American Studies
Offered in conjunction with El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, this joint degree program prepares students with the functional skills and knowledge in public administration or public policy and at the same time engage them in interdisciplinary study and research related to the Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American world.
Students in this program will have nine credits counting toward their MPA or MPP waived, with a Master of Arts in International Studies concentration in Latina/o and Latin American Studies (LLAS) providing in-depth specialization in lieu of the MPA or MPP focus area. Students can waive another three credits toward the MPA or MPP if they take PP 5370: Applied Research Design or another appropriate public policy methodology course to satisfy the methods course requirement of the MA in LLAS.
Applicants must apply to and be accepted by both the MPA or MPP and the MA in International Studies programs. Funding opportunities may be available through El Instituto or the Department of Public Policy. To be considered for a graduate assistantship (GA), please submit your applications by February 15 and select “YES” in the online application to the question: “Applying for a GA/Fellowship?”
Joint Masters Degree Program in Public Administration or Public Policy and Survey Research
The Department of Public Policy offers joint degree programs in public administration and survey research, which prepares students with the functional skills and knowledge in public administration and at the same time engage them in interdisciplinary study and research related to survey design, data collection, and data analysis techniques.
Students in this program will have three credits counting toward their MPA or MPP waived upon successful completion of PP 5376: Applied Quantitative Methods. An additional nine credits of public policy coursework toward the MPA or MPP will be waived, with courses within the MA in survey research providing in-depth specialization in lieu of the MPA or MPP “focus area.”
Applicants must apply to and be accepted by both the MPA or MPP and MA in survey research programs. Support through the Department of Public Policy is competitively available through a limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs). To be considered for a GA, please submit your application by February 15 and select “YES” in the online application to the question: “Applying for a GA/Fellowship?”
Joint Masters Degree Program in Public Administration or Public Policy and Juris Doctor
Offered in conjunction with the School of Law, the joint MPA or MPP and Juris Doctor (JD) degree program prepares students with the functional skills and knowledge in public administration and at the same time engages them in interdisciplinary study and research related to law.
Applicants must apply to and be accepted by both the MPA or MPP and the UConn JD programs.
Joint Master’s Degree in Public Administration or Public Policy and Social Work
Offered in conjunction with the School of Social Work, the joint MPA or MPP and Master's of Social Work (MSW) prepares students with the functional skills and knowledge in public administration or public policy and at the same time engages them in interdisciplinary study and research related to social work.
The MSW degree has three concentrations: Policy Practice, Community Organizing, and Individuals, Groups, and Families. In applying to the MSW program, a student selects one of them to pursue. All MSW concentrations give students a holistic understanding of the systems of oppression that stifle the ability of some members of society to thrive, which pairs well with either the MPA or MPP.
Applicants must apply to and be accepted by both the MPA or MPP and UConn MSW programs.
Joint Masters Degree Program in Public Policy and Quantitative Economics
Offered in conjunction with the Department of Economics, the joint MPP and MA in quantitative economics (MSQE) provides students with an in-depth understanding of quantitative methods, economic principles, and analytic skills necessary to solve complicated economic problems.
Applicants must apply to and be accepted by both the MPP and the UConn MSQE programs.
How do I save time and money?
Public Administration and Public Policy
Fast-Track students can complete 18-credits towards their masters degree while an undergraduate at no-additional cost to their undergraduate 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 graduate 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.
Through the fast-track program students can 12-credits towards their 30-credit masters degree while an undergraduate at no additional cost to their undergraduate 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 undergraduate 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 graduate student, but they do not pay extra to take graduate courses while an undergraduate. 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?
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:
- Capital Regional Council of Governments
- CT State Departments
- CT State Legislature
- Eversource Energy
- Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
- Hartford Healthcare
- International Rescue Committee
- Social Security Administration
- Town of Manchester, CT
- Travelers Institute
- U.S. Government Accountability Office
- US Navy