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
- Dr. Kerri Raissian Helps Bring a New Nuance to BreastfeedingOur fellow DPP Assistant Professor, Dr. Kerri Raissian, co-authored The best of intentions: Prenatal breastfeeding intentions and infant health published in the Social Science and Medicine: Population Health journal. The article was featured in UConn Today’s Adding Context to ‘Breast is Best’. Dr. Raissian and Dr. Houston Su’s research brings access to healthcare information for […]
- DPP Launches a Mentoring Effort to Connect Alumni and StudentsMentoring has been shown to benefit professional productivity and success for both mentors and mentees. This fall the Department of Public Policy (DPP) will announce the kickoff of the DPP Alumni-Student Mentoring Network! The program was developed in response to alumni and student feedback in favor of more alumni-student engagement and professional mentoring opportunities. With […]
Upcoming DPP Events
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
OtherVirtual Online Session
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/.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Hartford CampusHartford Times Building, Room 406
We invite prospective students to join us for this 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/.
Friday, October 26th, 2018
12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Hartford CampusHartford Times Building 210
This 3-hour training is informed by the nationally recognized Safe Zone Project and includes resources and information unique to UConn. The presenter, Julia Anderson from the UConn Rainbow Center, is willing and able to answer questions related to specific scenarios and issues in your classrooms, student groups or workplace that you might face in meeting the needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Hope that you will join us for this informative seminar. RSVPhttps://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0JuJFxRx1UTolkp by October 23, 2018.
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusHomer Babbidge Library, Class of '47 Room
We invite prospective students to join us for this Information Session to learn more about the Department of Public Policy's MPA, MPP and Fast-Track programs. Please RSVP at https://dpp.uconn.edu/information-sessions/.
Friday, November 2nd, 2018
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Hartford CampusHartford Times Building, Room 138
Presented by Anne Alzapiedi, GE Global Operations, MPA '88. Anne shares her human resource and job search expertise with tips and techniques on: how to increase self-awareness; how to best position yourself for a job - resume and social media; how to compare the "What" and the "So What" about you - activity vs. impact; and how to develop an effective resume for IPP placement and job search after graduation. Please join us. RSVP by October 30, 2018 athttps://uconn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2fcm5tqMvZgKyah