Curriculum and Courses

MPA Curriculum & Courses

Developing the skills necessary to be leaders in the public service rests upon four basic elements: knowledge, skills, values, and behavior. The MPA program is organized around (1) core courses, (2) electives, (3) supervised field internship, and (4) capstone.

(1) CORE COURSES

The MPA core curriculum consists of nine courses:

  • PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiations, and Contract Management
  • PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
  • PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management
  • PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector
  • PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations
  • PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • PP 5365 Human Resource Management
  • PP 5370 Applied Research Design
  • PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Policy and Management

Core Course Descriptions

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(2) FOCUS AREA

The focus area allows you to develop additional expertise in a specific area. The MPA program requires 9 credits (three courses) to complete a focus area. You can choose from the list of possible focus areas below, develop your own with the help of your advisor, or choose to remain a generalist and complete the focus area with three generalized courses. Examples of focus areas and possible courses include:

Nonprofit Management*

  • PP 5319: Program Development
  • PP 5328: Business Functions of Nonprofit Organizations
  • PP 5324: Grant Writing
  • PP 5323: Leading and Governing Nonprofits
  • PP 5329: Nonprofit Advocacy, Government Relations, and Law
  • PP 5336: Fund Development and Nonprofit Sustainability
  • PP 5366: Executive Leadership

Social Policy

  • PP 5346: Child and Family Policy (required)
  • PP 5303: Race and Policy
  • PP 5347: Applied Policy Issues
  • PP 5342: Policy Analysis
  • Other courses as approved from POLS, PUBH, SOCI, SSW

State & Local Government Management

  • PP 5363: Administrative Functions of Local Government (required)
  • PP 5317: Capital Finance and Budgeting
  • PP 5349: Public Procurement and Contracting
  • PP 5368: Performance Management and Accountability
  • PP 5350: Urban and Regional Policy

Survey Research*

  • PP 5379 Principles and Methods I (required)
  • Other courses as approved

Public Financial Management*

  • PP 5373: Budgeting in Public Service Organizations
  • PP 5318: Financial Management for Public Organizations
  • PP 5317: Capital Finance and Budgeting
  • PP 5364: Public Finance and Budgeting (MPP only)
  • PP 5326: Public Investment Management

Public Policy (MPA only)

  • PP 5347: Applied Policy Issues
  • PP 5314: Casual Program Evaluation
  • PP 5342: Policy Analysis
  • PP 5331: Quantitative Methods for Public Policy

Public Policy, Diversity & Inclusion

  • PP 5304: Public Policy, Diversity, and Inclusion (required)
  • PP 5346: Child and Family Policy
  • PP 5303: Race and Policy
  • Other courses as approved from POLS, SOCI, WGSS

Urban Planning

  • PP 5348: Urban Planning Principles and Methods (required)
  • PP 5363: Administrative Functions of Local Government
  • PP 5317: Capital Finance and Budgeting
  • PP 5350: Urban and Regional Policy
  • Other courses as approved from GEOG and LAW

*Graduate certificate offered through DPP. For a complete list of graduate certificates available at UConn, visit the Graduate School website.

(3) SUPERVISED FIELD INTERNSHIP

Students test classroom theory during their internship and develop contacts that might lead to securing a position after graduation. Internships are an integral part of the MPA program. A student who has not had significant career experience must complete six credits of internship.

Learn more about our internships and this requirement by visiting our Internship webpage.

(4) CAPSTONE PORTFOLIO

The Capstone Portfolio class is a one-credit course that provides a synthesis of the skills and competencies important to completing the MPA programs and for professionals in the public service.


MPA Model Program

UConn MPA Model Program for Full-Time Study

Year 1

Fall Spring
PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Policy and Management PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations PP 5365 Human Resource Management
PP 5370 Applied Research Design Focus Area/Elective
Total Credits = 12 Total Credits = 12

Year 2

Fall Spring
Focus Area/Elective #2
OR
PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector
Focus Area/Elective #2
OR
PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector
PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management PP 5372 Capstone Portfolio ( 1 credit)
Focus Area/Elective #3 (or could be in Spring) PP 5390 Internship (6 credits)
Internship (begun but enrolled for credits in Spring)
Total Credits = 9 Total Credits = 10

Total credits = 43

 

UConn MPA Model Program for Part-Time Study

Year 1

Fall Spring
PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector
PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Policy and Management PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 2

Fall Spring
PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations PP 5331 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
PP 5370 Applied Research Design PP 5365 Human Resource Management
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 6

Year 3

Fall Spring
PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management Focus area/Elective #2
Focus area/Elective #1 Focus area/Elective #3
Capstone Portfolio (1 credit)
Total Credits = 6 Total Credits = 7

Total credits = 37 (assumes waiver of 6-credit internship)