Office of Admissions

The mission of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Department of Public Policy (DPP) is to provide high quality policy analysis, program evaluation, and survey research for investigating important public problems facing Connecticut and the nation. DPP is committed to preparing students by education, outlook, and commitment for leadership positions in the areas of public policy, public management, nonprofit management, and survey research. DPP strives to be nationally and internationally known for the highest quality research, teaching, and public service in the areas of public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, and survey research. DPP is committed to having the highest standards of instruction, scholarship, and outreach through its academic programs. UConn is a Top 25 public university. Collaborative research is performed in all 14 schools as well as at our 100+ research centers and institutes. We attract faculty, resources, and attention at a national level.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Government (Public) Administration
Nonprofit Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Graduate Program Overview

U.S. News and World Report Rankings
• Top 10 in Public Finance and Budgeting
• Top 50 Public Affairs Program
• Top 25 Public University

The NASPAA-accredited MPA program 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. 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 MPP program provides top caliber instruction in policy analysis and program evaluation. Our 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-world problems and the policies and programs that address them. A hallmark of our program is its focus on combining theory and practice so that you can thrive in a professional workplace.

Our nationally recognized Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program provides second year MPA and MPP students with a strong year-long, project-based internship in a top state agency, municipality or nonprofit. The IPP program includes a stipend, tuition scholarship, and health benefits.

The MPA and MPP programs serve students with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds. Our graduates work in the public, nonprofit and private sectors in Connecticut, the U.S. and the world. Our 1000+ alumni are employed in a wide variety of positions, such as finance/budget analysts, human resource managers, program administrators, policy analysts, program evaluators, and survey researchers.

Additional Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks:

Survey Research
Public Policy, Diversity & Inclusion

Admissions Deadline

Fall admission: February 15 (Graduate Assistantship request deadline) and May 15
Spring admission: November 1

Admissions Overview

In keeping with our commitment to build a diverse and inclusive environment, we welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion or beliefs. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement, resume, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, GRE scores (waiver options exist) and TOEFL, IELTS, or the PTE exam scores (international students only).

For more information and application instructions visit our website.
With questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 959-200-3918.

Contact Information

10 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT

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