Welcome to UConn's Department of Public Policy (DPP)!

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This site contains important information for you as you begin your academic career with us.

Check here often as new items may be added prior to the start of the semester and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.

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Information for New Students

UConn Undergraduates

DPP Fast-Track

  • Take graduate level Public Policy coursework at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition while an undergraduate
    • Save time and money!


  • Apply your DPP grad credits towards a masters degree in:
    • Public Administration (MPA)
    • Public Policy (MPP)
    • Survey Research (MASR)


  • MPA and MPP: Complete up to one year of a two year degree
    • Coursework offered in Hartford and Storrs


  • MASR: Complete up to 12 credits towards a 30 credit degree
    • Coursework offered entirely online

Graduate Students

Masters Programs

  • Our students and alums combine degree skillsets and personal interests to policies and programs that make a difference


  • 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


  • Survey Research (MASR): a focus on the innovative skillsets and instruments utilized to create and manage programmatic and policy data for analysis

After Accepting the Offer of Admission in Slate

    Submit Official Transcripts

    Send all official transcripts* to The Graduate School if you have not done so already. You can request to have them sent electronically to gradadmissions@uconn.edu (non-international transcripts only) or sent via mail to the following address:

    University of Connecticut
    The Graduate School
    438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1152
    Storrs, CT 06269-1152

    Students with international transcripts should review The Graduate School's additional requirements for international students.

    *Note: Students who earned their undergraduate degree at UConn do NOT need to send official transcripts. The Graduate School can verify degrees earned at UConn via the Student Admin system.

    Failure to send all official transcripts to the Graduate School will delay your enrollment as a student. 

      Complete Technology Training, Activate NetID, and Setup UConn Email

      Technology Training
      IT Services (UITS) offers Tech Training which will walk you through available technology tools and how to activate them. To complete visit https://techtraining.uconn.edu/.

      NetID and Email
      Your UConn NetID and Activation Code were emailed to you at the time of admission. You can also visit http://netid.uconn.edu to find your NetID. Once you activate your NetID and set the password, you will be able to log in to the Student Administration System at http://studentadmin.uconn.edu/. If you need assistance with your NetID, please contact the UITS Help Center at (860) 486-4357 or by email at techsupport@uconn.edu.

      University email is sent to your official UConn email address. The University, faculty and staff will use your UConn email as the primary email to communicate with you. Be sure to check the account frequently.

        After Being Matriculated (once official transcript is received)

          Complete Not Anymore Training and SF Responsibility Agreement

          Online Not Anymore Training (one-time training)
          The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, staff, and faculty. As part of that commitment, the University now requires that all graduate students complete an online interpersonal violence prevention program from Student Success™. Titled Not Anymore, this video-based program provides critical information about Consent, Bystander Intervention, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, Stalking, and more. Not Anymore will help you better understand how vitally important these issues are to creating a safe environment and to our community expectations, and what you can do to help make your campus safer for everyone.

          All graduate students must complete this training before they will be permitted to register for classes. A hold is placed on a student’s registration to ensure that this requirement is met.

          Please go to https://studentsuccess.org/SSO/uconn to complete the 40 minute training.  Upon completion, it will take 2-3 days for the hold to lift.  If you have any questions, call The Graduate School at (860) 486-3617.

          Student Financial (SF) Responsibility Agreement (complete every semester)

          This agreement outlines your financial obligations at the University and must be completed every semester. You will receive a notification to your UConn email when the SF Responsibility Agreement has been assigned to you for completion.

          Register for Classes

          To register for your courses, log into the Student Administration System using your NetID and password. Utilize UConn's Student Administration System user guide to familiarize yourself with site functions and learn how to navigate the system. Course descriptions and course schedules are available on the DPP website.

          Note: A laptop is required for in-person courses.

          Please contact Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino at catherine.guarino@uconn.edu to confirm your course selections.

          MPA and MPP Students
          Courses are offered during the week in Hartford (i.e. H71), in Storrs (i.e. 001), or online as listed in our course schedulesNote: Saturday sections are Fellows (executive MPA) only. 

          New full-time students typically take the following four courses in their first fall semester for a total of 12 credits. Students beginning in the spring semester should consult with Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino prior to registering.

          1. PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management
          2. PP 5370 Applied Research Design (offered in fall only)
          3. PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Policy and Management (offered in fall only)
          4. MPA students: PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations (offered in fall only)| MPP students: Elective (see list of MPA and MPP electives)

          New part-time students (taking less than 9 credits) typically take PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management and either PP 5375 Economic Analysis for Public Policy and Management (MPA students) or PP 5370 Applied Research Design (MPP students). All part-time students should consult with Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino prior to registering for the fall semester.

          MPA Fellows Students
          New Fellows typically take three courses in their first fall semester for a total of 7 credits. Sections are offered in Hartford on Saturdays as listed in our course schedules. All new Fellows should consult with their academic advisor prior to registering for the fall or spring semester.

          1. PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management (fall only)
          2. PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting (fall only)
          3. PP 5300 Independent Study/Readings course (if not pursuing a graduate certificate)

          Survey Research Students (M.A. and certificate)
          Courses are offered online in a asynchronous format through HuskyCT. Semester offerings are listed in our course schedules. Students beginning in the spring semester should consult with Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino prior to registering.

          Typical first semester MASR courses for full-time students (9 or more credits) beginning in the fall semester are:

          1. PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods (fall only)
          2. PP 5379 Principles and Methods of Survey Research I
          3. PP 5341 Public Opinion or PP 5385 Attitude Formation (fall only)

          Typical first semester MASR courses for part-time students (fewer than 9 credits) are:

          1. PP 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods (fall only)
          2. PP 5379 Principles and Methods of Survey Research I

          Typical first semester Certificate course(s) are:

          1. PP 5379 Principles and Methods of Survey Research I (required; fall only)
          2. (optional) Survey Research course aligned with your goals/interests (view courses)

          Nonprofit Management Certificate Students
          Courses are offered online in a asynchronous format through HuskyCT. Semester offerings are listed in our course schedules. Students typically take one or two courses each semester. They must complete four of the below 3-credit graduate courses in order to earn the certificate. Please contact Program Director David Garvey at d.garvey@uconn.edu to confirm your course selections.

          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 and summer session)
            • 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; in-person)


          Leadership and Public Management & Public Financial Management Certificate Students
          Students in these programs should contact Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino at catherine.guarino@uconn.edu to determine appropriate selection of courses. Semester offerings are listed in our course schedules.



          Complete Student Health History Form (in-person students only)

          Students enrolled in the MPA (including Fellows), MPP, PFM, and LPM (in-person version) programs* must complete your mandatory Student Health History Form through your Student Health Portal, and submit the form and any attachments to the Student Health Portal under “Document Upload”. The Student Health History Form must be submitted by July 1 for students starting in the fall semester and by January 1 for students starting in the spring semester.

          The University of Connecticut requires all incoming students, regardless of age, to complete a Tuberculosis Risk Questionnaire, found within your Student Health History Form on your Student Health Portal. For more information regarding your immunization requirements please visit Student Health and Wellness.  Please email studenthealth@uconn.edu with  any additional questions.

          *This form is not required for students in the nonprofit management or survey research programs since they are entirely online programs.


          Submit COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement for In-Person Students

          Beginning in fall 2021, all students who will be in-person on UConn’s campuses are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The goal of this policy is to help safeguard health and wellness on our campuses and in our communities by reducing the risk that the virus will be transmitted and cause illness, particularly in high-density congregant settings such as residence halls, dining halls, and classrooms.

          Students must upload their vaccination status to the Student Health Portal. Information for students on how to get vaccinated can be found here.

          Need a vaccine?

          Vaccines are widely available and students are urged to be vaccinated over the summer if you have not already done so. UConn will also make vaccines available to new and returning students who were unable to be completely vaccinated prior to arriving on our campuses in the fall, so they can be vaccinated upon arrival. These students will need to follow a modified quarantine until they are considered fully vaccinated. Students are able to apply for exemptions, including for medical and other reasons.

          All enrolled students living in Connecticut, including regional campus students, are eligible to be vaccinated in Connecticut. The vaccine is free, even without insurance and without ID — no one will be turned away.

          International students may find details on vaccination and other requirements on the International Student & Scholar Services website.


          Purchase Parking Permit and Submit One Card Photo (in-person students only)

          On-campus Parking and Shuttle Information
          The Parking Services website,
          park.uconn.edu, provides parking information for UConn Storrs, Avery Point, Hartford (campus map), Stamford, and Waterbury campuses. Learn about the different types of permits available, apply for your permit online, and check out the campus parking maps. Student permits will be available for purchase in August. UConn Hartford campus students park in either the CT Convention Center Garage in Section E (map) or the CT Science Center Garage.

          Please note: there is free parking on most streets near the Hartford campus Monday through Friday after 6:00pm and on weekends. See kiosks at parking spaces for free parking availability.

          A weeknight shuttle provides continuous-loop service between Front Street, Constitution Plaza, the CT Science Center and both Level 2 and Section E of the CT Convention Center Garage between the hours of 6pm and 10pm, Monday through Thursday. Please see the route map posted on the Parking Services website for more specific details.


          Public Transportation
          CTtransit's free circulator bus, the dash bus, runs between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. every weekday throughout downtown Hartford with stops at the campus and parking garages.

          Once registered in the UPass program, all full-time UConn Hartford students are eligible to ride any CT public transit route for free, including the CT Fastrak system. CT public transit offers local services in Hartford, Waterbury, Stamford, and many more locations including our direct express route between Hartford and Storrs. Click here to learn more!

          CTfastrak: Routes and Schedules
          CTtransit: Schedules


          UConn One Card
          The Husky One Card is your official UConn ID, as well as your way to access a variety of services across the university, including the UConn Libraries and Husky Bucks. At this time, although every UConn campus has an office that distributes Husky One Cards, students will be mailed their One Cards until further notice.

          All incoming students are encouraged to take advantage of the online photo submission option.  Your photo must be submitted and accepted based on the Online Submission Instructions. Login to your Husky One Card account to submit your photo online.

          Participate in New Student Orientation (dates vary)

          MPA, MPA Fellows, and MPP Students
          DPP hosts a live orientation event for all MPA, Fellows, and MPP students. The spring 2022 program is virtual and attendance is required.

          Save the date: Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 4:00-5:30pm Eastern via Zoom

          Survey Research Students
          An orientation slide deck for new students is available on HuskyCT in the Department's "Information for Current DPP Students" organization.

          All Students
          All new graduate students are encouraged to complete The Graduate School's online orientation experience, as it will provide important information about academic and everyday life at UConn, and is the first step to ensuring your success and getting you connected to our community. The orientation materials include videos and modules designed to help you navigate the various opportunities at UConn in order to gain valuable skills and experiences to enhance your graduate education.

          All newly-matriculated graduate students will receive an email notification when access to the Graduate Student Orientation materials in HuskyCT has been granted. The materials are contained within "The Graduate School Orientation" organization within huskyct.uconn.edu.

          Accept or Waive Student Health Insurance

          All full-time students are required to maintain health coverage. Full-time students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the University-sponsored plan. If you wish to decline the university plan because you have comparable coverage already, you must waive it via the Health Insurance Waiver in Student Admin.

          Learn more about the University-sponsored plan and the waiver process here: https://studenthealth.uconn.edu/

          If you are a graduate assistant, you will have the option to enroll in the Connecticut Partnership Plan. Enrollment will be available after the start date of your appointment (noted in your graduate assistantship offer letter) and you will have 31 days from that date to enroll or waive coverage. More information about this plan can be found here: https://hr.uconn.edu/ga-health-insurance/.


          Pay Fee Bill

          The spring 2022 fee bill is due by Friday, January 14, 2022.

          Students will receive an email notification from the Bursar’s Office once tuition and fees have been posted to their account. Graduate student fees bills are generated in late July/early August for the Fall semester and in December for the Spring semester. Your bill must be paid by the Friday before the first day of the semester. You can view your fee bill through your Student Center in Student Admin. Payment options, as well as deadlines, student fee information, and the late fee policy, can be found at https://bursar.uconn.edu/. Students who are receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid Services, https://financialaid.uconn.edu/, with any questions about their aid package.

          Please note:

          • MPA, MPP, and Public Financial Management students follow a tiered pay structure. 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.
          • All other DPP students pay an all-inclusive, per credit fee.

          Complete Survey for Alumni Mentor Network (Masters students only)

          The Department of Public Policy is pleased to offer alumni and students the opportunity to learn from each other through its Alumni Mentoring Network. With a national network of more than 1,000 alumni, DPP alumni represent a wealth of professional experience across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. All new MPA, MPA Fellows, MPP, and MASR students will be matched with an alumni mentor. You will receive an email from DPP Alumni Relations Coordinator Candace Fitzpatrick inviting you to participate in the program.

          Please complete the mentoring survey (link). This will help us match you with a mentor with expertise in areas of interest to you.

          If you have any questions about the Alumni Mentoring Network or the survey, please email Candace Fitzpatrick at candace.fitzpatrick@uconn.edu.

          Complete Incoming Student Survey (Masters students only)

          A link to complete this survey in Qualtrics will be sent to your UConn email prior to the start of the semester.

          Additional Tasks and Information

            Review HuskyCT and Academic Calendar

            HuskyCT (UConn's name for Blackboard)
            On the first day of classes you can find your course(s) for the semester under "Courses" in HuskyCT.  Online courses are run through HuskyCT and in-person courses may also utilize the site. Courses will open the first day of the semester. Instructors may post course materials, online assignments, discussion forums, tests and grades.

            We also maintain a DPP student services and advising area on HuskyCT titled "Information for Current DPP Students". This page is listed under 'organizations' and is available 24/7 for active students. It is meant to be your first place for administrative questions regarding your academic career with us.


            Academic Calendar
            The Registrar's office publishes the University's Academic Calendar. The spring 2022 semester begins on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

            Review Hartford Campus Resources

            Students should familiarize themselves with the complete list of resources available for Hartford campus students. Two resources are explained in detail below:

            Center for Students with Disabilities
            If you are a student with a disability and require accommodations, please register with the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) prior to the start of the semester. Complete information regarding the accommodations, services and programs coordinated through the Center can be found on their website.

            Students can register with CSD online via MyAccess or from the CSD homepage. Paper-based Student Information Forms are available to download from the CSD website. With questions, contact CSD in Hartford at Hartford.DisabilityServices@UConn.edu.


            Student Health and Wellness Services
            UConn’s Student Health and Wellness Services (SHaWS) has a variety of services available to the UConn community. They also have a Mental Health specific website, which includes virtual workshops. 

            Hartford Point of Contact:
            Naa Opoku-Gyamfi, LPC – Clinical Case Manager

            Resources Specifically at the Hartford Campus:

              • Free and Confidential Appointments
              • Individual Assessments
              • Educational Materials
              • Crisis Intervention
              • Brief and Therapeutic Support
              • Wellness Workshops
              • Case Management
              • Outreach
              • Telehealth Capability
              • Referrals to Community Providers and Services

            Obtain Course Materials

            UConn Bookstore
            Students can use the UConn Bookstore's "Find Course Materials" site to view and purchase textbooks and other course materials. Be sure to select the correct section of your course. Professors may also choose to upload course materials to their HuskyCT course site. The Bookstore for the Hartford campus is located on Front Street across from the Hartford Times Building.

            Review Courses, Programs, Policies, and Procedures

            By accepting admission, you assume responsibility for knowing and complying with the University regulations and procedures. The Graduate School Catalog contains information about regulations and procedures, as well as programs and course descriptions. It is available electronically at https://gradcatalog.uconn.edu. Similarly the Undergraduate Catalog describes advance undergraduate courses that sometimes can be applied toward a graduate degree. It is available electronically at https://catalog.uconn.edu.

            In addition, DPP maintains a more robust list of course descriptions on our website.

            The Graduate School’s website is also an essential resource for information for current students. Please familiarize yourself with their website: https://grad.uconn.edu.


            Information for MPA Fellows

            All Fellows are featured in the Meet Our Current MPA Fellows directory. Please submit the Fellows profile form to be featured. With questions, contact Administrative Coordinator Wade Gibbs at wade.gibbs@uconn.edu.

            Information for Graduate Assistants

            If you have been offered a Graduate Assistantship (GA) within the Department of Public Policy, please review the following information.

            • Fall 2021 GA positions will begin August 23, 2021. UConn's Graduate School website has more information about Graduate Assistantships.
            • Graduate Assistants will receive their official offer letter in the near future by email from Wade Gibbs along with requests for other necessary payroll paperwork, such as the I-9 form. Watch your email for the offer letter, as well as more information about a DPP GA Orientation near the end of the summer.
            • The offer letter will include information about the opportunity as a GA to obtain health benefits through the “Connecticut Partnership Plan.”  If you would like to get a head start on reviewing options and learn more, please visit UConn HR's Graduate Assistant Health Insurance webpage.
            • New this year, we would like to include a profile of our Graduate Assistants on our website's "People" directoryPlease complete the DPP Graduate Assistantship Profile form by June 20, 2021.

            Wade GibbsIf you have any questions about your Graduate Assistantship, please feel free to contact Wade Gibbs, DPP Administrative Coordinator, at wade.gibbs@uconn.edu.  Congratulations!

            Information for International Students

            Please visit the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) website for new student information. In addition, the ISSS Hartford office serves the advising needs of international students and scholars on F and J visas at the UConn Hartford campus, School of Social Work and Graduate Business Learning Center.

            All international students are asked to submit study plan to ISSS by the posted deadline. Visit https://isss.uconn.edu/fall-2021-study-plan/ to do so.

            ISSS also hosts a series of new student webinars over the summer to help you prepare for the fall semester.

            Information for Non-Degree Students

              Coming soon!

              Coming soon!

              Questions or Need Assistance?

              Catherine Guarino

              Please contact Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino at catherine.guarino@uconn.edu. She is your primary point of contact as new DPP students. Catherine directs student services, enrollment, and admissions for our department and is a great resource.