Undergraduate Fast-Track Master's Program
Undergraduate students currently enrolled at any UConn campus are welcome to apply to the Department’s Fast-Track Master’s Program. This program allows undergraduates to jump-start their graduate work toward a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP), or Master of Arts in Survey Research.
Most fast-track students are sophomores, juniors, or seniors; however, some begin as freshmen. If planned properly, students can obtain their master's degree in just one additional year after they earn their bachelor's degree.
How It Works
The Fast-Track Master’s Program is flexible and adds no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition. The Program offers the following benefits:
- Students choose the number of courses that fit their schedules, needs, and interests.
- Students can take up to four classes in the Department of Public Policy each semester.
- Graduate-level courses count toward the 120-credit undergraduate degree requirement.
- Courses are held at the Storrs campus, typically from 2:00-4:30 p.m. or 5:00-7:30 p.m.; and the Hartford campus, typically from 4:00-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m.
- Survey research courses are taught online.
Fast-track students must request a permission number in order to register. Regardless of your registration pick-time, the permission number will guarantee your spot in the course. Please note: Except for survey research fast-track students, online courses are not typically available to fast-track students.
Adding real-world experience to your resume can give you an edge in a competitive job market, but it can be challenging to make the right connections to land an internship. Our Department has relationships with hundreds of local municipalities, state agencies, and nonprofits from around the state that are seeking interns to work for them.
The Sponsored Internship (SI) Program places active fast-track and first-year master's students in local, state, government, and nonprofit agencies to work for 15-hours a week during the academic year. Survey research fast-track students are eligible for corporate internships.
- Students earn a stipend for their work.
- Students can earn academic credit for their experience.
- Internship selections begin in early March and continue as needed. Internships begin the following August.