UConn’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree prepares students for a career as a leader in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Students learn how to address the evolving changes faced by public managers and develop critical analytic and management skills needed to succeed in public service careers.
Creating Tomorrow's Public Leaders
Our nationally ranked MPA program provides students with a dynamic and integrated approach to the field of public management. 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.
Problem-oriented courses prepare students for an important responsibility of public managers and policy makers — decision-making. The program develops the skills needed to diagnose problems, collect and analyze information, plan, choose among policy alternatives, 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.
Vision, Mission and Values
The vision of our MPA program is to develop the best public leaders in the world.
Our mission is to be the institution of choice for prospective students seeking the education they need to excel as public service leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. We help students reach their academic and professional goals by providing them with exceptional applied instruction that allows them to compete successfully for top jobs, and fully prepares them to meet the challenges they will face in an increasingly complex, demanding, interdependent world. Students emerge from our program ready and able to employ the theories, methods, and practices of public administration and public policy to solve problems and make our communities and society better.
Premier teaching. We are explicitly committed to maintaining the highest standards of instruction. The courses we provide are engaging, relevant, and thorough and are designed to provide the skills necessary for becoming leaders in the public service. Likewise, we emphasize helping students develop rigorous analytic skills that they can apply to solve a wide array of research, management, and policy problems.
Rigorous scholarship. We investigate important problems facing society from an array of policy analytic perspectives and using a wide variety of methodologies. We produce respected research that enhances knowledge and informs policy and practice. Our program explicitly draws together theoretical insight, analytic skills, and field practice.
Ethical, energetic service. We are committed to preparing students by education, outlook, and commitment for public service. Our faculty, staff, and students are actively engaged members of the public policy, nonprofit, and public management communities. We are attentive and responsive to the needs of our university, state, nation, and the world. Through our example and curriculum, we work to instill in our students a strong commitment to the ethical practice of public service. In our program, students learn the responsibilities of accountability and responsiveness that accrue to public servants in a democracy, how to evaluate the implications of administrative decisions, and how to promulgate governance that prizes fairness and respect.
Public Policy News
- 9510DPP alumna, Veronica T. DeLandro, has been named District Director for Congresswoman-elect Jahana Hayes. Veronica is a New Britain resident, who has proliferated her passion for mentoring and helping students, at ESPN for six years. She has been leading nonprofits for over 15 years, and currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement for […]
- DPP alumni Jason J. Guilietti named Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic DeveloperDPP alumni Jason J. Guilietti was named Consultant Connect’s Top 50 Economic Developer in North America on November 30th. Jason works for Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), and provides insightful advice to new leaders in the field. Check out what Jason had to say below about leaders in the industry, and the […]
Upcoming DPP Events
Friday, January 25th, 2019
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Hartford CampusHartford Times Building, Room 227
This full-day session will provide an overview of the range of multi-player/multi-sector collaborative structures growing increasingly in use in providing community services, especially between government and nonprofit agencies: including community collaborations, collective impact models, government/nonprofit/private partnerships and service delivery networks.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusHomer Babbidge Library, Room 1102
Learn about the Department of Public Policy's Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs. In formation is also available on the DPP Fast-Track program for under graduates. RSVP at https://dpp.uconn.edu/information-sessions/
Thursday, January 31st, 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusHartford Times Building, Room 215
Department of Public Policy Information Session on the Master
in Public Administration and the Master in Public Policy. Information is also available on the DPP Fast-Track program for undergraduates. RSVP at https://dpp.uconn.edu/information-sessions/
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Hartford CampusHartford Times Building, Room 406
Learn about the DPP Master in Public Administration Fellows program for working professionals. Saturday, evening and hybrid classes to complete your masters degree part-time in two years. Light lunch included. RSVP at https://dpp.uconn.edu/information-sessions/
Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
We invite prospective students to join us for this virtual Information Session to learn more about the Department of Public Policy's Graduate Program in Survey Research. Please RSVP at https://dpp.uconn.edu/information-sessions/.