Master of

Public Administration

Advancing Innovation in Government and Nonprofits

Our nationally ranked MPA program provides students with a dynamic and integrated approach to the field of public management. We are the only NASPAA accredited MPA program in Connecticut.

We are ranked 9th in Public Finance and Budgeting among public affairs programs by U.S. News and World Report.  Overall, U.S. News and World Report ranks the UConn MPA program 47th out of 272 programs, putting it in the top 16% of all MPA programs in the United States.

The use of practical experiences and internships as learning tools combined with theory, analysis, and case studies in the classroom make our program job-relevant and intellectually challenging. The program develops the skills needed to diagnose problems, collect and analyze information, make decisions, plan, communicate findings, implement programs, and manage change.

The program serves students with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds. Our graduates work in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. 

Alumni are employed in a wide variety of positions, such as budget analysts, human resource managers, program administrators, policy analysts, program evaluators, and survey researchers.

Our program is large enough to attract high caliber students from around the country and yet small enough to provide a comfortable atmosphere for personal growth and recognition. The faculty and staff are accessible to students and are genuinely interested in their well-being.

Alumni Profile

Maria V. Cruz

Senior Analyst, Dept. of Health & Human Services,
City of Hartford

The MPA program has been a launching pad for my career in public service and advocacy. The curriculum prepared me to take on the challenges of the field and thrive. The professors truly care about you, are experts in their field, and are extraordinary mentors.

We Value Diversity

We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that the success of our students requires that they respect and understand the diversity of communities and cultures that surround them.

The MPA program is committed to providing a climate of education that promotes the diversity of perspectives and experience in public policy development and practice. We seek to achieve this goal through the presence of diverse people, participation of historically excluded groups, and a welcoming and inclusive climate, emphasizing equity, shared power, and responsibility.

For additional information, please visit:
Diversity at UConn: An Inclusive Community 
Office of Institutional Equity