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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 5376 Applied Quantitative Methods
  • PP 5370 Applied Research Design
  • PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation, and Contract Management

Executive Leadership Focus Area

  • PP 5397 Special Topics: Executive Leadership
  • Elective courses of your choice
    (may be any MPA elective, PP 5345 Project Management in the Public Sector, or another approved course or independent study)


  • 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 (Executive Leadership - PP 5397)
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)***
Applied Quantitative Methods (PP 5376) 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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