Thank you for attending an information session with UConn's Department of Public Policy

Below is a recap of our session. To schedule a meeting with our Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino please email her at catherine.guarino@uconn.edu.

About the Department of Public Policy

  • Degrees: Public Administration (MPA), Public Policy (MPP) and Survey Research (MASR)
    • We also offer an executive track for our MPA known as the MPA Fellows
  • Graduate Certificates: Leadership and Public Management (LPM), Nonprofit Management (NPM), Public Financial Management (PFM) and Survey Research (SRC)
  • Location: We are based at UConn Hartford.

 

Program Hartford Storrs Online
MPA & MPP 4:00-6:30pm or 6:30-9:00pm 5:00-7:00pm Same as in-person                 or asynchronous
Once a week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
MPA Fellows 10 Saturday’s a semester for Core Courses and some electives X (some electives)
MASR & SRC Asynchronous

    *Asynchronous: Complete your coursework and assignments at the times that best fit your schedule

    DPP Alumni

    • The DPP is 1,400+ strong and serving communities across the globe
    • Within six months of graduation 97% of DPP alums are employed in their desired field or pursuing further education
    • Our alumni are actively engaged in our community!

    Public Administration (MPA) and Public Policy (MPP)

    Choosing Between the Programs

    • Public Administration: A focus on leadership, management and advancing the common good through the implementation of policies and programs
    • Public Policy: A focus on the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to design, analyze and evaluate the success of policies and programs
    • Fast-Track students: Complete 18 Credits (6 courses) while completing your bachelors at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition
      • Many Fast-Track students can matriculate as a second-year/Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) eligible student after completing their bachelors
      • They do not have to choose between the MPA or MPP when applying to the Fast-Track

    Curriculum (43 Credits)

    • Core Coursework (15 Credits)
      • PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management
      • PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Policy and Management
      • PP 5370 Applied Research Design
      • PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
      • PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector
    • Program Core
      •  MPA (12 Credits)
        • PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiations, and Contract Management
        • PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organization
        • PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
        • PP 5365 Human Resource Management
      • MPP (9 Credits)
        • PP 5342 Policy Analysis
        • PP 5347 Applied Policy Topic
        • PP 5314 Causal Program Evaluation
    • Focus Area / Electives (MPA 9 Credits / MPP 12 Credits)
      • Leadership and Public Management (LPM)* - MPP Only
      • Nonprofit Management (NPM)*
      • Public Policy – MPA Only
      • Public Financial Management (PFM)*
      • Public Policy, Diversity, & Inclusion
      • Social Policy
      • State & Local Government Management
      • Survey Research (SRC)*
      • Urban Planning
      • Create your own!

    *Graduate Certificate Available

    Students can also pursue joint programs in: Latino & Latina American Studies, Law, Public Health, Quantitative Economics, Social Work and Survey Research

    • Internship (6 Credits)
    • Capstone (1 Credit)
      • Five Professional Development Seminars
      • A Portfolio

    Cost and Aid

    Cost

    • The Bursar website provides a tiered structure from one to nine credits with a flat rate after 9 credit
    • The General University Fee is adjusted because we are based at the Hartford Campus
    • Our location also means student’s do not pay for the:
      • Student Health and Wellness Fee
      • Student Rec Center Fee

    Funding

    • First Year
      • Graduate Assistantship (10 hours a week)
        • Research or teaching based
        • Comes with a tuition waiver, stipend and medical benefits
      • Sponsored Internships (15 hours a week)
      • Student Work: Hourly based positions supporting Departmental activities
      • Federal Work-Study: Supports Departmental activities
    • Second Year
      • Internship and Professional Practice (15 hours a week)

    Internships Explained

    • For the academic year (fall to spring)
    • In the public or nonprofit sector
    Sponsored Internships (First Year) Internship and Professional Practice (Second Year)
    • Competitive selection
    • 15-hours a week
    • Comes with a stipend just under $12,000
    • We require the completion of two Professional Development Seminars: Resume Workshop and Mock Interview Night
    • Apply interview be offered an internship by the organization
      • Over 90 Internships available
      • 100% Placement Rate over the last 15 years
    • Comes with: a tuition scholarship, stipend over $12,000 and healthcare benefits

    Application Process

    Masters Programs

    • Deadlines
      • Fall
        • February 15: Priority Deadline and Deadline for Graduate Assistantship Consideration
        • May 15th: After this date, please contact the Department regarding availability
      • Spring: November 1
        • Please contact the Department prior to applying due to the sequential nature of the program. Funding is not traditionally available for the spring semester.
    • Requirements
      • Online application in Slate
      • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies
      • A current resume
      • A personal statement (2-3 pages double-spaced)
      • Resume
      • Addressment of the GRE
      • Submit scores or request a waiver
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • $75 application fee with waiver options available

    Fast-Track

    • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though students are encouraged to apply within two weeks of their intended start term.
    • Requirements
      • Online application in the “pre-grad and non-degree programs” section of Slate
      • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies
      • Resume
      • A personal statement (2-3 pages double spaced)

    MPA Fellows

    What is the MPA Fellows?

    • An executive track for UConn’s NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration program
    • Designed for working professionals with:
      • Five or more years of professional experience
      • Three or more years of experience in a leadership role
    • 36 credits (compared to our general program that requires 43 credits)
    • Coursework
      • Core courses are on Saturdays (each course is five Saturdays)
      • Electives are available during weekday evenings and online
    • The entire degree can be completed in two calendar years
      • In-person coursework for the summer concludes at the end of June

    Meet our Current MPA Fellows

    Visit our MPA Fellows Directory to learn more about our current cohorts! Current organizations represented include:

    • Capital Region Education Council
    • City of Bristol
    • City of Hartford
    • City of New Haven
    • Civic Mind
    • CT Department of Administrative Services
    • CT Department of Developmental Services
    • CT Department of Housing
    • CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
    • CT Department of Motor Vehicles
    • CT Department of Social Services
    • CT Division of Criminal Justice
    • CT Land Conservation Council
    • CT Office of the Attorney General
    • CT Office of Early Childhood
    • CT Paid Leave Authority
    • FCP Euro
    • The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
    • HRA of New Britain
    • The Perrin Family Foundation
    • SEIU
    • UConn & UConn Health

      Curriculum (36 Credits)

      • Core Coursework (15 Credits)
        • PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management
        • PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
        • PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations
        • PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Policy and Management
        • PP 5370 Applied Research Design
        • PP 5365 Human Resource Management
        • PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
        • PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiations, and Contract Management
      • Focus Area / Electives ( MPA 11 Credits) - *Graduate Certificate Offered
        • Executive Leadership
        • Nonprofit Management (NPM)*
        • Public Policy
        • Public Financial Management (PFM)*
        • Public Policy, Diversity, & Inclusion
        • Social Policy
        • State & Local Government Management
        • Survey Research (SRC)*
        • Urban Planning
        • Create your own!
      • Capstone (1 Credit)
        • A Portfolio

      Cost and Aid

      The cost is $900 per credit

      • This includes tuition and fees
      • The cost remains the same no-matter the student’s residency
        • The cost for the entire program is less than $32,500
        • For employee tuition reimbursement please speak directly to your HR representative

           

          Application Process

          Begin your application online through Slate

          • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of if a degree was awarded
            • Official transcripts will need to be sent if admitted for graduate students
          • 2-3 pages double-spaced personal statement
          • A current resume
          • We will manually waive the GRE requirement in your application
          • A letter of recommendation
            • The system requires two letters of recommendation. In order to waive the un-used letter please list this “Recommender” in the system as “blank 1” with dpp@uconn.edu as the corresponding email.
          • $75 application fee

          Preferred Admissions Date: May 15

          We recommend that you apply soon because our cohorts are capped at 20. The cohort maximum is 25 Fellows.

            Survey Research

            What is Survey Research

            • “The collection of information from a sample of individuals through responses to questions” (Check & Schutt, 2012, p. 160)
            • We teach students the innovative skillsets and instruments to create and manage programmatic and policy data for analysis
            • Learn to gather data about attitudes, opinions, behaviors and demographics
            • Coursework focuses on:
              • Project Design & Management
              • Questionnaire Construction
              • Data Collection
              • Data Analysis
              • Reporting

            Three Opportunities

            Take A Course

            • Enroll as a nondegree student
            • For professional development
            • To experience the classroom prior to applying.
            • Apply up to six credits (two courses) towards a graduate certificate or masters degree.

            Graduate Certificate in Survey Research

            • Complete 12 credits
            • Tailor your certificate to meet your interests
            • Apply your coursework towards a masters degree

            Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR)

            • Complete 30 credits
            • Obtain extensive training in all stages of the survey research process
            • Tailor your degree through a Media and Communication Campaigns Track

            Curriculum

            Master or Arts in Survey Research (30 Credits)

            • Core Courses (21 Credits)
              • PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods
              • PP 5377 Qualitative Methods in Public Policy
              • PP 5379 Principles and Methods of Survey Research I
              • PP 5383 Principles and Methods of Survey Research II
              • PP 5385 Attitude Formation
              • PP 5386 Survey Research Analysis and Reporting
              • PP 5389 Capstone on the Future of Survey Research
            • Electives (3-9 Credits depending on experience)
            • Internship (6 Credits)
              • Internships credits can be replaced with additional electives for students with significant career experience

            Graduate Certificate in Survey Research (12 Credits)

            • Required: PP 5379 Principles and Methods of Survey Research I
            • 3 Courses from Survey Research catalog including the coursework above for the masters

            Fast-Track Students

            • Complete 12 Credits (4 courses) while completing your bachelors at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition

            Cost and Aid

            • $900 per credit (all inclusive tuition and fees)
              • The cost remains the same no-matter residency
            • The cost per 3-Credit course is $2,700
            • For employee tuition reimbursement please speak directly to your HR representative

              30-Credit Masters = under $28,000

              12-Credit Graduate Certificate = under $11,000

              Fast-Track Masters = under $17,000

              Application Process

              Nondegree Study

              Graduate Programs

              • Deadlines
                • Fall: February 15 and May 15
                • Spring: November 1
              • Requirements
                • Online application in Slate
                • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies
                • A current resume
                • A personal statement (2-3 pages double-spaced)
                • Resume
                • Two letters of recommendation
                • $75 application fee with waiver options available

              Fast-Track Program

              • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though students are encouraged to apply within two weeks of their intended start term
              •  Requirements
                • Online application in the “pre-grad and non-degree programs” section of Slate
                • Unofficial transcripts for all college-level studies
                • Resume
                • A personal statement (2-3 pages double spaced)

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