UConn Public Policy and an Urban and Community Studies Major
UCS majors complete a total of 36 course credits (24 within the major and an additional 12 related) towards their 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Simultaneously Pursue A Bachelors and Masters Degree
- Save time and money by taking graduate level Public Policy coursework towards a MPA or MPP at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition
- Complete up to one year of a two year degree through course offerings in Hartford, Storrs and Online
- Earn a stipend, medical benefits and tuition scholarship while completing your masters within one year of your bachelors degree
Masters Degree Options
- 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
- Students tailor their degrees through focus areas
Group I: Required Core Courses (6 Credits)
- URBN 2000 Introduction to Urban and Community Studies
- URBN 4000 Understanding Your Community
Group II: Core (9 Credits)
Take three courses from three different departments. See Group II on the UCS Degree Requirement Page.
Group III: Methods (3 Credits)
- PP 5370 Applied Research Design
Group IV: Supporting (6 Credits)
- PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy or PP 3020W Cases in Public Policy
- PP 5303 Race and Family Policy or PP 3033 /AFAM 3033/POLS 3033 Race and Policy
- PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
- PP 5361 Theory of Public Organizations
- PP 5370 Applied Research Design
- PP 5365 Human Resource Management
- PP 5363 Administrative Functions of Local Government
PP Fast-Track Program
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.
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
- *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!
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.
- 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