UConn Public Policy and an Urban and Community Studies Major

UCS majors complete a total of 36 course credits (24 within the major and an additional 12 related) towards their 120 credit requirement for graduation.

Simultaneously Pursue A Bachelors and Masters Degree

DPP Fast-Track

  • Save time and money by taking graduate level Public Policy coursework towards a MPA or MPP at no additional cost to your undergraduate tuition


  • Complete up to one year of a two year degree through course offerings in Hartford, Storrs and Online


  • Earn a stipend, medical benefits and tuition scholarship while completing your masters within one year of your bachelors degree

    Masters Degree Options

      • Public Administration (MPA): a focus on leadership, management and advancing the common good through the implementation of policies and programs


      • Public Policy (MPP): a focus on the analytic and quantitative skills necessary to design, analyze and evaluate the success of policies and programs


      • Students tailor their degrees through focus areas


      Group I: Required Core Courses (6 Credits)

      • URBN 2000 Introduction to Urban and Community Studies
      • URBN 4000 Understanding Your Community

      Group II: Core (9 Credits)

      Take three courses from three different departments. See Group II on the UCS Degree Requirement Page.

      Group III: Methods (3 Credits)

      Strongly Recommended

      • PP 5370 Applied Research Design

      Group IV: Supporting (6 Credits)

      Strongly Recommended

      • PP 5340 Introduction to Public Policy or PP 3020W Cases in Public Policy
      • PP 5303 Race and Family Policy or PP 3033 /AFAM 3033/POLS 3033 Race and Policy

      Related Courses

        Strongly Recommended

        • PP 5364 Public Finance and Budgeting
        • PP 5361 Theory of Public Organizations
        • PP 5370 Applied Research Design


        • PP 5365 Human Resource Management
        • PP 5363 Administrative Functions of Local Government

          PP Fast-Track Program

          How do I save time and money?

          Public Administration and Public Policy

          Fast-Track students can complete 18-credits towards their masters degree while an undergraduate at no-additional cost to their undergraduate 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 graduate 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.

          How can I tailor my degree to meet my interests?

          Public Administration (MPA) and 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 their electives. MPA students have 9 credits, and MPP students have 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 our MPA and MPP specific focus area pages for more information!

          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.

          • Capital Regional Council of Governments
          • CT State Departments
          • CT State Legislature
          • Eversource Energy
          • Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
          • Foodshare
          • Hartford Healthcare
          • International Rescue Committee
          • Mathematica
          • McLagan
          • PFM
          • Social Security Administration
          • Town of Manchester, CT
          • Travelers Institute
          • U.S. Government Accountability Office
          • US Navy
          • YouGov



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