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MPA Fellows Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Fellows program is designed for working professionals with experience in public or nonprofit organizations. This includes individuals who are currently in leadership positions or who would like to prepare themselves for more advanced positions. The UConn MPA Fellows program participants earn the top-ranked and nationally recognized Master of Public Administration (MPA) - the only NASPAA-Accredited MPA program in Connecticut. The MPA Fellows program is a professional degree program focused on providing current and future leaders with the critical analytic and management skills necessary to succeed in public service. The MPA Fellows can earn their MPA degree in two calendar years.

Tailored for the Life of Working Professionals

  • Online and Hartford Downtown Campus Classes
  • Complete in Two Years
  • Convenient Course Times: Classes offered Saturdays, evenings and online

The UConn MPA program is highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The program has been in existence for over 40 years and its alumni can be found in a wide variety of analytic and management positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Most core classes are offered on Saturdays and electives are offered on Saturdays, evenings, and online.

Alumni Profile

David H. Barkin AIA, MPA

Chief Architect, CT Department of Administrative Services,

As a new state manager, having spent thirty years in the private sector, I was afforded the opportunity to earn an MPA through the MPA Fellows Program. I find the knowledge gained through the UConn MPA program of constanct benefit as I navigate inside the state system. The program provides an immersion in government with practical applications that I utilize on a daily basis.

Eligibility Requirements for All Applicants

Employees in public, nonprofit or private sector organizations (doing public service-related work) with a minimum of five years of professional experience and a minimum of three years in a leadership role are eligible to apply for the Fellows program. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

MPA Curriculum and Model Program

The MPA curriculum is designed to 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, choose among policy alternatives, communicate findings, implement programs, and manage change.

The Fellows program is a cohort-model where students will begin in the Fall semester only. The core courses (listed below) will be designed for the executive cohort. The executive experience courses are designed to meet the pedagogical, intellectual and professional needs of the fellows without compromising the MPA learning outcomes and course quality.

The program is designed as a two year program. All students will have the opportunity to complete the core courses in two years and they may choose to complete the electives during the summer or during the regular semester while taking the core classes, or after they complete them.

Core Courses (24 Credits)

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

    Focus Areas

    The focus area allows you to develop additional expertise in a specific area. The MPA Fellows 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:

      Executive Leadership

      • PP 5366 Executive Leadership (required)
      • PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector
      • Other PP courses as approved

        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.


                          • PP 5372 Capstone Portfolio
                            Fellows students are not required to, but may opt to, complete a web-based e-portfolio (e.g. Google Sites webpage) or attend 3 professional development seminars.

                          UConn MPA Fellows Model Program (2 Year Program)

                           Year 1

                          Fall Spring Summer
                          Introduction to Public Policy and Management (PP 5340) Theory & Management of Public Organizations (PP 5361) Elective (PP 5366 Executive Leadership)
                          Public Finance & Budgeting (PP 5364) Economic Analysis for Public Administration (PP 5375) Applied Research Design (PP 5370)
                          1 Credit Readings (PP 5300) 1 Credit Readings (PP 5300)

                          Year 2

                          Fall Spring Summer
                          Human Resource Management (PP 5365) Labor-Relations, Negotiations & Contract Management (PP 5325) Elective (3 credits)***
                          Quantitative Methods for Public Policy (PP 5331) Elective or Project Management (3 credits)
                          Capstone Portfolio (1 credit)

                          ***Elective may be taken in Fall of Year 2 for a May Graduation

                          Application Requirements

                          The applicants submit the following information for review by the MPA admissions committee:

                          1. Official transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of whether a degree was awarded.
                          2. Statement describing how the MPA relates to your career goals and/or why you should be selected for the Fellows program.
                          3. One letter of recommendation. (More than one may be submitted.)
                          4. Indication in the application that you wish to be considered for the Fellows program (located in the "surveys" section).
                          5. A current resume.


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