UConn Master of Public Administration Program (MPA)

The UConn Master of Public Administration (MPA) Executive Track is designed for experienced working professionals in public or nonprofit organizations. This professional degree provides current and future leaders with the critical analytic and management skills necessary for advancement in the public or nonprofit sector. 

Two Opportunities

For public and nonprofit working professionals.

Master of Public Administration Fellows - Executive Track


  • Virtual and in-person classes based at the UConn Hartford campus

 

  • Schedule flexibility, with courses offered on Saturdays, evenings, and online

 

  • Options to complete your degree in two years with a nationally-recognized program

     

    Graduate Certificates (12-credits)


    • Certificate students often continue in their education through the Department’s masters degree programs.

     

    • Leadership and Public Management (LPM): Coursework offered in-person (Hartford or Storrs) or online

     

    • Nonprofit Management (NPM): Coursework is entirely online

     

    • Public Financial Management (PFM): Coursework offered in-person (Hartford or Storrs)

    Quick Facts

    Master of Public Administration Fellows – Executive Track

    Eligibility

    Employees in public, nonprofit, or private sector organizations (doing public service-related work) with a minimum of five years of professional experience and a minimum of three years in a leadership role are eligible to apply for the executive track program. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required unless there are extraordinary circumstances. 

    • Not sure if you meet the experience requirements? Please send a resume to dpp@uconn.edu. We are happy to discuss your options with you. The DPP also offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) through our general track, which offers part-time options.
    • Is your undergraduate GPA under a 3.0? We are happy to meet with you and discuss your options. Email us at dpp@uconn.edu to set up an appointment.

    Curriculum

    The MPA curriculum is designed to prepare students for an important responsibility of becoming public managers and policy decision-makers. The program develops the skills needed to diagnose problems, collect and analyze information, choose among policy alternatives, communicate findings, implement programs, and manage change.

    The executive track follows a cohort-model where students begin in the fall semester only. The core courses will be designed for the executive cohort. The executive experience courses are designed to meet the pedagogical, intellectual, and professional needs of the fellows without compromising the MPA learning outcomes and course quality.

    The program is designed to be completed in two years. All students will have the opportunity to complete the core courses in two years and they may choose to complete the electives during the summer or during the regular semester while taking the core classes, or after they complete them.

    Cost

    The cost of the MPA Executive Track is the same for residents, non-residents, and international students. The cost is $825 per credit, all-inclusive for tuition and fees. The breakdown of the University Bursar’s graduate tuition and fee schedule is not applicable to these programs.

    Opportunities for financial aid including student loans can be found on the University’s Financial Aid website.

    Leadership and Public Management Certificate

    The UConn Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Public Management (LPM) is designed to provide students with fundamental foundations in key areas of public sector management. Certificate students work with their advisor to choose the appropriate four-course portfolio that most effectively meets the skill-set competencies they desire. Coursework is offered in-person (Hartford or Storrs) or online. 

    Curriculum and Courses

    The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Public Management requires 12 credits of coursework (4 courses) and may be completed either in-person or online. Certificate students and their advisors decide the most appropriate course of study. Below are examples of courses that might be applied to the Certificate:

    • Grant Writing and Government Contracting (PP 5324 - 3 credits, online):
      This course will provide the student with the core understanding and approaches to researching private and government grants to fulfill the work of a nonprofit. The course provides a strong grounding in grant and proposal writing that supports the usage of program outcomes, financial, and qualitative data to “tell the story” of a nonprofit and its case for financial support.
    • Human Resource Management (PP 5365 - 3 credits, in-person and online):
      This course focuses on job analysis and design, recruitment and selection, and employee motivation, assessment, and development. Also included are diversity at work, labor-management relations, and volunteer management.
    • Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation and Contract Management (PP 5325 - 3 credits, in-person and online):
      This course is designed as an overview of the fundamentals associated with collective bargaining in the public sector. The class is a graduate level discussion on these topics to familiarize the student with the fundamental tools necessary for labor-management relations, negotiation and contract management.
    • Nonprofit Advocacy, Government Relations, and Law (PP 5329 - 3 credits, online):
      This course will provide students with a comprehension of the legal landscape, rights, and obligations in which nonprofit organizations operate in the United States. A second pillar of the course is the examination of advocacy practices of nonprofits with government in support of its client communities, and the support community voice and action in civil discourse and grass roots action with government and other stakeholders. The course will also the review of the legal and tax implications related to advocacy, lobbying, and political activity of nonprofit organizations.
    • Public Finance and Budgeting (PP 5364 - 3 credits, in-person and online):
      This course covers the techniques, practices, and organization of the financial functions in governmental administration. Some topics include tools for analyzing revenue systems; analysis of specific revenues (such as income, sales, and property taxes); analysis of financial statements; costs concepts; budget cycles; and applied budgeting exercises.

    To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher) a set of courses specified in the certificate program requirements. Please see the Graduate School Academic Regulations for further information.

    Cost

    The cost for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Public Management is the same for residents, non-residents, and international students. The cost is $825 per credit, all-inclusive for tuition and fees. The breakdown of the University Bursar’s graduate tuition and fee schedule is not applicable to these programs.Students enrolled only in graduate certificates are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. UConn’s payment plan or Alternative (Private) Loan financing are available.

      To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher) a set of courses specified in the certificate program requirements. Please see the Graduate School Academic Regulations for further information.

      Nonprofit Management Certificate Certificate

      The UConn Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management Management (NPM) is designed to provide you with the knowledge, tools, and peer-to-peer interaction to help you thrive in your nonprofit work and career. Coursework is offered entirely online. 

      For Current Practitioners

      Each week, you will strengthen core nonprofit management and operational skills. Course assignments are designed to allow you to bring the specific challenges of your organization to your learning; allowing you to have an immediate impact on your organization while you learn.

      For Those Entering the Field

      For students not yet working in the field, we have strong case studies and partnerships with top nonprofits allowing you to use real data in your course assignments. We immerse you.

      Your Instructors

      Our instructors are University of Connecticut public policy faculty and leading practitioners in the field of nonprofit management. You are learning with subject matter experts. Our faculty bring real-life experiences to the classroom.

      Your Online Learning Experience

      You are learning with nonprofit professionals from across Connecticut and the United States. The result is a highly dynamic class environment that brings together a rich mix of seasoned knowledge, real-life experience, perspectives, and opinions that strengthen the class dialogue and your learning experience.

      Curriculum and Courses

      Certificate students must complete four of the below 3-credit graduate courses.

      Required Courses:

      • PP 5323: Leading and Governing Nonprofit Organizations (Fall semester)
      • PP 5328: Business Functions for Nonprofits (Fall semester)

      Choose two of the following courses:

      • PP 5319: Program Development and Evaluation (Spring semester)
      • PP 5324: Grant Writing and Government Contracting (Spring semester)
      • PP 5329: Nonprofit Advocacy, Government Relations, and Law (Spring semester)
      • PP 5336: Fund Development and Nonprofit Sustainability (Fall semester)
      • PP 5366: Executive Leadership (Summer session)

      To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher) a set of courses specified in the certificate program requirements. Please see the Graduate School Academic Regulations for further information.

      Cost and Scholarship

      The cost is the same for residents, non-residents, and international students. The cost is $825 per credit, all-inclusive for tuition and fees. The breakdown of the University Bursar’s graduate tuition and fee schedule is not applicable to these programs.

      Students enrolled only in graduate certificates are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. UConn’s payment plan or Alternative (Private) Loan financing are available.

      Scholarship: Five students each year are selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship, which is awarded after the completion of one nonprofit management course toward a future course in the certificate. In order to be eligible, the student must be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, receive an “A-” or better in their course, and be registered for their next semester course. Applications are due by December 20 and should be emailed to David Garvey, director of the Nonprofit Leadership Program, with the following components:

      • Current resume
      • A letter outlining briefly any circumstance concerning financial need, their career focus, and relevant plans in the nonprofit sector (less than two single-spaced pages)

      Criteria for the scholarship include: financial need, academic performance, career focus, and potential impact of the student’s work in the nonprofit sector. If needed, instructors will be contacted regarding a student’s academic potential. Applications are reviewed the second Monday of January, and awardees are notified the second Friday of January.

      Public Financial Management Certificate

      The UConn Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management (PFM) prepares professionals for leadership positions in the finance and budget areas of public and nonprofit organizations. Coursework is offered in-person (Hartford or Storrs). Our program emphasizes the following competencies:

      • Understanding the proper ways to track revenue and spending
      • Using analytic tools to analyze and maintain an excellent financial position
      • Understanding the major financial issues facing public and nonprofit organizations
      • Assessing and implementing appropriate financial systems
      • Acting efficiently, effectively, and ethically

      Curriculum and Courses

      Certificate students and their advisors decide the most appropriate course of study. Below are examples of courses that might be applied to the certificate.

      • PP 5317: Capital Financing and Budgeting (3 credits) This course is designed to familiarize students with capital budgeting techniques and the municipal bond market.
      • PP 5318: Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits) This course focuses on the management of financial resources in public service organizations.
      • PP 5326: Public Investment Analysis (3 credits) This course focuses on how government and nonprofit managers can appropriately manage their organizations’ cash and investments.
      • PP 5364: Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits) This course covers the techniques, practices, and organization of the financial functions in governmental administration.
      • PP 5373: Budgeting in Public Service Organizations (3 credits) Processes and techniques of public budgeting; the principles and roles of budgets in public service organizations; analytic tools, concepts, and principles of budget analysis and decision making.

      To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher) a set of courses specified in the certificate program requirements. Please see the Graduate School Academic Regulations for further information.

      Cost

      Tuition and fee schedules for the Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management can be found on the Office of the Bursar's web page for graduate students. Please note that students pay an adjusted General University Fee because the Department of Public Policy is based at the UConn Hartford campus. Students also do not pay the Student Health & Wellness Fee or the Student Rec Center Fee.

        How do I learn more?

        Individual Meetings: The Department's Admissions Staff is happy to meet with you individually about your program interests or admissions questions. We are typically available for meetings Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm EST subject to availability. You can also request information through our online form.

        Catherine Guarino
        For programmatic and application related questions, please email Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino at Catherine.Guarino@UConn.edu

        Lunch and Learns: Attend a virtual information session during your lunch time from 12pm-1pm. Dates will be made available in December for agency specific info sessions. See additional info sessions on our Meet with Us page!

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