Fast-Track Program

Fast-Track Program

University of Connecticut undergraduate students, at all campuses, are welcome to apply to the Department’s Fast-Track Program.  This program is only open to students currently enrolled at UConn campuses. Most Fast-Track students are UConn sophomores, juniors or seniors, however, some have begun as freshmen.

The Fast-Track program can “jump start” your graduate work in the Master of Public Administration (MPA)Master of Public Policy (MPP), or Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR) degrees. In many cases, if planned properly, students can obtain their master's degree in just one additional year after their bachelor's degree.

Is Fast-Track Right For Me?

If you are a current UConn undergraduate and have an interest in gaining the skills to work in a nonprofit organization, policy research and analysis or public service area then the Fast-Track program is an excellent match for you.

We welcome all majors!

Fast-Track students can be on the path to earn their Master of Public Administration (MPA)Master of Public Policy (MPP), or Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR) degrees.

  • Fast-Track and the Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    The MPA program provides students with a dynamic and integrated approach to the field of public management.  The use of practical experiences and internships combined with theory, analysis, and case studies in the classroom make the MPA program job-relevant and intellectually challenging.
  • Fast-Track and the Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    The MPP program provides top caliber instruction in policy analysis and program evaluation.  The focus is on providing you with the rigorous analytic and quantitative skills you need to assess policies and to evaluate programs.  The program is centered on analysis of real-work problems and the policies and programs that address them.
  • Fast-Track and the Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR)
    Join the $19 billion survey research industry (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017). Survey research professionals are in high demand among the governmental, academic, and private industries. Students entering graduate programs come with backgrounds in statistics, data science, and human and social behavior. The fully online UConn MASR program is a blend of traditional and cutting-edge methodologies which prepare graduates for exciting survey and market research careers.

How it Works

It is flexible! You do not need to take a course with us every semester, but you can also take up to four courses a semester with us. You choose the number of courses that fit your schedule, needs and interest.

There is no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition.

The Graduate courses count toward your 120 credits needed as an undergraduate.

Courses are held at the Storrs and Hartford Campuses, typically from 2-4:30pm or 5-7:30pm for Storrs classes and 4-6:30pm or 6:30-9pm for Hartford courses.

Survey Research courses are online.

Fast-Track students must request a permission number in order to register.  Regardless of your registration “pick-time,” the permission number will guarantee your spot in the course.  (Please note: except for Survey Research Fast-Track students, online courses are not typically available to Fast-Track students.)

Internship Experiences

Gaining real-world experience can add that edge to your resume you need to secure a job, but it can be challenging to find the right connections to make it happen. Our Department has relationships with hundreds of local municipalities, state agencies and nonprofits from around the state that are seeking interns to work for them.

We value professional experience and encourage our students to apply to our paid internship opportunities.  We offer two unique internship programs:

 

  1. The Internship and Professional Practice Program (IPP) places active MPA and MPP students in local, state, government and nonprofit agencies to work for 15-hours a week during the academic year. It takes place during your last fall and spring semester in the MPA and MPP programs.
    • Students earn a stipend of approximately $10,000 for their work.
    • Student can earn academic credit for their experience.
    • Internship selections begin in early March and continue as needed. Internships begin the following August.
  2. The Sponsored Internship (SI) Program places active DPP Fast-Track and first-year master's students in local, state, government and nonprofit agencies to work for 15-hours a week during the academic year. (Survey Research Fast-Track students are eligible for corporate internships.)
    • Students earn a stipend of approximately $10,000 for their work.
    • Student can earn academic credit for their experience.
    • Internship selections begin in early March and continue as needed. Internships begin the following August.
DPP Internship Programs

Students in the IPP Program intern with an organization for 15 hours per week for an entire academic year (late August through late May). Students gain a meaningful, significant managerial and/or analytic work experience in public or nonprofit agency. In compensation for your work, you will receive a tuition scholarship, stipend, and medical benefits.  Student participating in the IPP also receive internship credits.

Apply Today!

Applying to the Fast-Track Program is easy!

Eligibility:

  • Current UConn undergraduate student at any campus in any major
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher; individuals with less than a 3.3 GPA will be reviewed on a case by case basis

Submit the following (PDF or Word format) to dpp@uconn.edu:

  1. Personal Statement. In 2-3 pages double-spaced, tell us about yourself and your interest in joining the Fast-Track program for the MPA, MASR or MPP degrees (or if you don’t know which program, that’s okay too.)  What is your motivation and passion?  What has inspired you?  Do you have career goals? Our Committee cares to makes sure that your needs and goals are a match with the program you choose.
  2. Resume. This helps us understand your academic, volunteer and work experiences.
  3. Unofficial Transcripts. In addition to the UConn transcripts, if you transferred into UConn please share with us those unofficial transcripts from other universities.
  4. SAT or ACT Scores. Please submit your SAT or ACT scores. A screen shot or copy is acceptable. If you do not have them, or do not remember, please state that in the email.

You may also mail your application to:

University of Connecticut
Department of Public Policy
10 Prospect St., 4th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103

We review Fast-Track applications on a rolling basis each month.

Attend an Informational Session

What to learn more about the Fast-Track Program?  Each month we hold an Open House at the Hartford Campus and several times a semester we hold informational sessions at the Storrs Campus.  Check our Information Sessions schedule for the upcoming sessions.