Why UConn Department of Public Policy (DPP)?

Our students and alums combine degree skillsets and personal interests to policies and programs that make a difference. DPP alums who have also attended Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) have gone on to impact a variety of communities and causes.

Two Opportunities

Masters Degrees

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


    • MPA Fellows - executive track of the MPA
      • Applicants with five+ years of professional experience and at least three years in a leadership capacity
      • Unsure if you want the general MPA or the MPA Fellows? We can help!


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


  • Survey Research (MASR)a focus on the innovative skillsets and instruments utilized to create and manage programmatic and policy data for analysis

Graduate Certificates

Masters students can obtain a Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Certificate students can later apply their coursework towards a masters.


  • Leadership and Public Management (LPM): provides a fundamental foundation in key areas of public sector management


  • Nonprofit Management (NPM): provides knowledge, tools and  interaction to help you thrive in nonprofit work and career


  • Public Financial Management (PFM): provides professionals with the tools needed for leadership positions in finance and budgeting for public and nonprofit organizations


  • Survey Research (SRC): provides students with the skillsets needed to conduct high-quality survey research for any sector from academia to government to global Fortune 500 companies

Quick Facts

How can I tailor my masters 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 nine 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!

Survey Research students can pursue a general track of coursework to complete their 30 credit degree online. Or they can utilize select Communication coursework towards a track in Media and Communication Campaigns. Through Communication coursework in research methods, communication campaigns, crisis risk and social media students learn to identify the variables that can strengthen social media campaigns and develop the online presence of brands.

Where are the programs located?

Program Hartford Campus Online
Master of Public Administration x
MPA Fellows x
Master of Public Policy x
Master of Arts in Survey Research x
Leadership and Public Management Certificate x x (as of Fall 2021)
Nonprofit Management Certificate x
Public Financial Management Certificate x
Survey Research Certificate x


MPA and MPP Funding

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.

    ECSU Alums at UConn

    Mitch Samal

    • MPA, UConn 2018
    • BS, Computer Science, ECSU 2016

    While at ECSU, Mitch was a tutor and resident assistant. He also completed an internship with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.

    Mitch worked as a Graduate Assistant (GA) during his first year as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) student. For his GA Mitch taught a First Year Study Skills seminar to a class of 30 freshman and sophomores. He also interviewed and trained Orientation Leaders.

    For his Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) during his second year, Mitch was a Performance Management Intern with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. In this role he supported the Director of Performance Management in updating the Central Office Business Continuity Plan. During this internship he became certified in twelve FEMA Emergency Management Institute courses and trained in Everbridge and WebEOC operations. Mitch also:

    • Provided data summaries and analysis of agency performance for the Commissioner's performance expectations;
    • Assisted with continued agency-wide implementation of RBA through technical assistance on data development, analysis, and reporting;
    • Trained on performance measure development, performance reporting, and using performance data to manage state and contracted services; and
    • Utilized a nationally-recognized instrument to apply state-level data in predicting regional and statewide foster care needs as part of the statewide foster care strategic planning effort

    Currently Mitch serves as a Human Resource Generalist 2 with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

    Adam Michael Murphy

    • MPP, UConn 2021
    • BA, Political Science and History, ECSU 2018

    While at ECSU, Adam was a United States Indonesian Society Summer Studies Fellow and a Southeast Asian Studies Program-COTI Program Fellow with a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship. Adam was also a resident assistant, alumni development intern, Student Government Association Senator, tutor and teaching assistant.

    In his first year as a Master of Public Policy (MPP) student, Adam completed a Graduate Assistantship as a Research Assistant for DPP Professor Mark D. Robbins. He also served as a Legislative Assistant at the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General.

    Adam completed his Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) with UConn's Office of Veteran's Affairs and Military Programs as a Data Analytics and Survey Research intern. In this capacity, he conducted university wide data collection and analysis on the Office's efforts. He also contributed to a larger mission of ensuring members of the community are given the resources and services needed to succeed while at UConn and beyond. Adam currently works as an Executive Assistant to the City of Hartford Court of Common Council.

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