The Department of Public Policy offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.). The M.P.P. program provides instruction in policy analysis and program evaluation. The focus is on providing students with the rigorous analytic and quantitative skills needed to assess policies and to evaluate programs. A Fast-Track to the M.P.P. program is also available to currently enrolled University of Connecticut undergraduate students; this program enables students to take graduate level courses while completing their undergraduate degree. Fast-Track students can take enough credits as an undergraduate student to complete the M.P.P. degree in one year. Up to 12 credits of approved graduate coursework included on the student’s undergraduate plan of study can also be used toward the master’s degree as part of the Fast-Track.
Master of Public Policy Requirements
The M.P.P. degree is comprised of 43 credits. These credits include 24 credits of core coursework (eight courses), 12 credits of electives (four courses), six credits of internship and a one credit capstone portfolio. The curriculum is outlined below.
Focus Area. Students complete 12 credits of electives in areas that support their career goals. Nine credits of electives are used toward a focus area. M.P.P. focus areas include leadership and public management; nonprofit management; public financial management; public policy, diversity, and inclusion; social policy; survey research; and urban planning. Working with their advisor, students may choose to pursue a more generalist approach and select electives across multiple areas or to create their own focus area.
Internship. Six credits of PP 5390.
Capstone. One credit of PP 5372.
The program is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.