MPA Fellows Program
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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 non-profit 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.
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.
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 fin dhte 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. If an applicant is a Connecticut state employee and his or her agency is paying for the program, additional requirements apply (see additional information below).
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. Four core courses (PP 5365 Human Resource Management, PP 5361 Theory and Management of Public Organizations, PP 5325 Labor-Management Relations, Negotiation and Contract Management and PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy and Management) 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. Students will take one executive level core course and one “regular” MPA core course each semester during their first two years.
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)
|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)|
|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
The applicants submit the following information for review by the MPA admissions committee:
- Official transcripts for all college-level studies regardless of whether a degree was awarded.
- Statement describing how the MPA relates to their career goals and/or why they should be selected for the Fellows program.
- Supervisor’s recommendation.
- Indication in the application system that they wish to be considered for the Fellows program (Connecticut state employees should check the box for Connecticut state employees).
- A current resume.
Additional Requirements for Connecticut State Executive Agency Employees
For Connecticut state agency employees, the Fellows program includes both the MPA and the Leadership and Public Management (LPM) certificate programs. Click here for a list of Connecticut Executive Branch agencies. All full-time Connecticut state agency employees with at least five years of professional experience and a bachelor’s degree from accredited undergraduate institution are eligible to apply. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
Connecticut state agency employees may choose to pay for the program using tuition reimbursement through their collective bargaining unit when available or self-pay for the program.
Some agencies may choose to pay for the employee’s participation in the program. In addition to the above eligibility requirements, each agency that chooses to fund employee participation in the program might choose to have its own additional criteria.
When the employee’s agency pays the cost of the MPA or LPM program, additional requirements apply as listed below.
- Fellows Program applicants must have received prior permission from their agency leadership to take the time necessary to attend classes and to be funded for program tuition and expenses.
- A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program.
- The employee is required to stay in Connecticut state employment for at least five years after completion of the program.
- If an employee is terminated or voluntarily resigns, the state is to be reimbursed for the previous and current semester (if applicable).
- The employees must continue to meet or exceed current job performance expectations.
- The employees must meet all academic requirements that are required by either the MPA or LPM programs to remain enrolled in the program.
- The employees must be current full-time classified employees (managerial or non-bargaining unit) with a minimum of two years of state service.
- The employees and the employing agency must sign a collateral financing agreement establishing both the agency’s primary responsibility and the employee’s responsibility to repay any monies spent should they leave less than 5 years after they complete the program.