UConn Public Policy and Political Science

A masters degree from the Department of Public Policy allows political science students the opportunity to seek a wide variety of careers in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

Two Opportunities

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:
    • Public Administration (MPA)
    • Public Policy (MPP)
    • Survey Research (MASR)


  • 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

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 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.

Survey Research

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?

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Catherine (MPA), Communications Coordinator at Connecticut House Republicans

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Jameson (MPA), Special Assistant to Senator Chris Murphy

Yahaira Escribano | Department of Public Policy
Yahaira (MPA), Partner Programs Coordinator at Foodshare

Rodney Romero
Rodney (MASR), President and CEO of Le Vote International

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Cate (MPP), Data Analyst at Conning










Our alumni go on to careers in education, finance, government, healthcare, insurance, marketing and policy just to name a few fields. 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. Our 1,300 alums span the globe, but it is hard to go far in Connecticut without finding one of our alums.

In the last three years we have sent DPP alums to five of Connecticut's eight geographic counties. More than 25% of the class of 2020 currently works for a Connecticut State Agency. At the federal level alums have gone on to work at offices and departments dedicated to agriculture, commerce, health and human services, homeland security and government accountability. Alums also work at nonprofits dedicated to improving access to education, food, healthcare and housing.

Current Alumni Employers Include:

  • Capital Regional Council of Governments
  • CT State Departments
  • CT State Legislature
  • Eversource Energy
  • Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
  • Foodshare
  • Google
  • Hartford Healthcare
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Mathematica
  • McLagan
  • PFM
  • Social Security Administration
  • Town of Manchester, CT
  • Travelers Institute
  • U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • US Navy
  • YouGov


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