The University of Connecticut recently announced that a School of Public Policy (SPP) will now replace the Department of Public Policy (DPP).
Given its focus on graduate professional education and its location at UConn Hartford, DPP operated much like a school, providing various undergraduate and career services to its graduate students and conducting engagement, outreach, and academic and applied research. The School of Public Policy will also house the Institute for Local and Regional Research (IMRP).
The school’s graduate programs have made an important contribution to competent professionals for the public, nonprofit, and private sectors in the state of Connecticut and the nation. This new designation will allow the school to continue to positively impact the state of Connecticut for years to come.
The UConn School of Public Policy is a leader in public service education, research and service in Connecticut and the United States.
With a job placement rate of 97% within 6 months of graduation, a ranking of 8th nationwide (1stSt in New England) among public finance and budget programs and a ranking of 39th nationwide (2nd in New England) among the 300 ranked public affairs programs, the school is one of the go-to destinations in the state for those looking to advance their careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.
The school’s Master of Public Administration program has been preparing public servants for nearly 50 years.
The School of Public Policy offers master’s degrees in public administration, public policy, and survey research. The faculty members of the UConn School of Public Policy are recognized nationally and internationally as experts in their fields of research. Students learn from world-class faculty who actively conduct research in public finance and budgeting, health policy, child and family policy, gun violence prevention, education policy, slavery redress, gender equity, health policy, sustainable procurement, energy policy, and racial and ethnic profiling.
“Our tradition has been to attract professors from the best faiths who bring a wealth of knowledge and a genuine desire for student success to their classrooms,” says Mohamad Alkadry, the first director of the UConn School of Public Policy.
The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) introduces and prepares students for a successful career in the public and nonprofit sectors. It also has a Saturday Executive Cohort (MPA Fellows) to meet the needs of working professionals looking to advance their careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
The UConn MPA is the only MPA degree in the state of Connecticut accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This professional graduate degree provides current and future leaders with the critical analytical and managerial skills needed to advance in the public or non-profit sector.
Admission to the Executive MPA Fellows cohort is only open to working professionals. Core courses are offered on Saturdays, and the program allows students to complete their coursework mostly by taking one course at a time. The program follows a cohort model that allows students to network with their fellow students and professors alike.
When asked about the executive track students, Dr. Eric Brunner, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs: “It is always a pleasure to work with the Executive Track students. Her work experience, curiosity and enthusiasm make class discussions incredibly lively and interesting.”
The program’s curriculum, faculty, and student services meet the quality standards of NASPAA accreditation. The MPA program takes great pride in its quality, which is accompanied by the highest standards of student care to ensure admitted students have an excellent chance of graduating within two years.
The MPA grantee cohorts have some of the highest two-year graduation rates in the United States at 95% to 100%.
The experience each student brings to the Executive Track program is an integral part of what makes the program such a good choice for those interested in pursuing an MPA degree. The opportunity to network as classmates with professionals from different fields provides students with a unique environment to gain expertise and opens up new perspectives in the world of public policy.
MPA Scholars, as well as Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy students, have access to the school’s nine specialization or focus areas, including Nonprofit Management, Corporate Governance, Public Finance Management, Urban Planning, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion other specializations. Students can also design their own specializations with the support of their supervisors.
The School of Public Policy routinely hosts virtual informational sessions for those interested. Sessions typically last 30 minutes and provide information about the program and an opportunity to ask questions. Registration is possible online, further events will be added regularly. Outreach Coordinator Luciano Lawrence is available via email to answer questions at Luciano.Lawrence@UConn.edu. The program’s faculty and staff are also available for one-on-one interviews with interested students.