UConn Public Policy and Economics

Build on your undergraduate degree in Economics and obtain the advanced skillsets needed to assess, evaluate and recommend policy alternatives.

Two Opportunities

UConn Undergraduates

DPP Fast-Track Master of Public Policy (MPP)

  • Take graduate level Public Policy coursework at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition while an undergraduate


  • Complete one year of a two year degree


  • Coursework offered in Hartford and Storrs

Graduate Students

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

  • Students can obtain funding for both years of study


  • Build on applied microeconomics


  • Obtain the analytic and quantitative skillsets necessary to design, analyze and evaluate the success of policies and programs

Quick Facts

How can I tailor my degree to meet my interests?

Our students learn to judge policies and programs, plan and evaluate alternatives and implement changes. They look at the role of economic and political factors in decision-making and policy formation. Utilizing statistical methods, students learn about resource allocation and decision modeling. Econ majors are also able to build upon their knowledge of microeconomic analysis in terms of policy options and issues as well as cost/benefit analysis.

Public Policy (MPP) students are traditionally in-person for the majority, if not all, of their 43 credits of coursework. They are able to tailor their degree through 12 credits of electives. Students have the opportunity to create focus areas that display a specific concentration of interest. Areas of interest for current and recent students include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Business Analytics
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Law
  • *Leadership and Public Management (MPP students only)
  • *Nonprofit Management
  • *Public Financial Management
  • Public Health
  • *Public Policy (MPA students only)
  • *Public Policy, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • *Social Policy
  • Social Work
  • *State and Local Government Management
  • *Survey Research
  • *Urban Planning
  • Create Your Own!

*Internal DPP focus areas. Visit MPP specific focus area pages for more information!

How do I save time and money?

Fast-track students can complete 18-credits towards their masters degree while in undergrad at no-additional cost to their undergrad tuition. This allows them to enter graduate school as a second year student who is eligible for the Internship and Professional Practice program. Full-time grad students can receive funding in their first and second year of study.

  • First-Year Students (Students should apply by February 15th and Select “Yes” for “Are you applying for a GA/Fellowship” in the survey section of the application.)
    • Graduate Assistantship (GA): Awarded based on academic merit to full-time students. Carries a full-tuition tuition waiver, stipend, and medical benefits in exchange for 10 hours a week work commitment. A limited amount of GA’s are available each year in either a research or teaching capacity.
    • Sponsored Internship (SI): For students not awarded a GA. Offered on a limited basis in the nonprofit or public sector, SI’s receive a stipend.
    • Student Work: Depending on needs and funding, this hourly based position offers an opportunity for students to support Departmental program activities.
    • Federal Work-Study: Supporting students with Federal Work-Study money as part of their financial aid package, these students support program activities. If a student wishes to utilize their federal Work-Study they should contact the Administrative Program Director.
  • Second-Year Students  (Fast-Track students need to apply by February 15th their senior year to be IPP eligible.)
    • Internship and Professional Practice (IPP): For full-time students who have completed 18 credits of MPA or MPP coursework, including 9 credits of core coursework. Students must participate in Mock Interview Night and Resume Workshop. Students carry a tuition scholarship, stipend, and medical benefits in exchange for 15 hours a week at either a public or nonprofit organization.

    What do DPP Alumni do?

    Our alumni go on to careers in areas including but not limited to education, finance, government, healthcare, marketing and policy. 97% of Department of Public Policy alums are employed within six months of graduation in their desired field or pursuing further education in law, medicine or a PhD program. Roughly 40% of our students each year find employment outside of Connecticut.

    Current Alumni Employers Include:

    • Beazley
    • CT Office of Policy and Management
    • Deloitte
    • Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
    • HAI Group
    • International Rescue Committee
    • McLagan
    • PFM
    • U.S. Census Bureau
    • U.S. Government Accountability Office
    • United States Navy


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