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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

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The nationally ranked MPA program at the University of Connecticut provides students with a dynamic and integrated approach to the field of public policy and management. The high quality of our academic program is the product of an outstanding faculty and the resources of a research university. The use of practical experiences and internships as learning tools, combined with theory, analysis, and case studies in the classroom, make our program job-relevant and intellectually challenging.

Problem-oriented courses prepare students for an important responsibility of public managers and policy makers — decision-making. The program develops the skills needed to diagnose problems, collect and analyze information, plan, choose among policy alternatives, communicate findings, implement programs, and manage change.

The 43 credit MPA program consists of core courses (27 credits), electives (9 credits), an internship (6 credits), and a capstone portfolio (1 credit). The program can normally be completed in four semesters of full time study.

The program has an interdisciplinary focus and encourages inclusion of relevant university focus area courses in such disciplines as economics, political science, public health, law, education, social work, business administration.

The program serves students with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds and places them in a wide variety of occupations. Our graduates work in local, state, and federal government, as well as in non-profit and private organizations. Alumni hold a wide variety of positions at all organizational levels such as budget analysts, human resource managers, program administrators, policy analysts, program evaluators, and survey researchers.

Our program is large enough to attract high caliber students from around the country and yet small enough to provide a comfortable atmosphere for personal growth and recognition. The faculty and staff are accessible to students and are genuinely interested in their well-being.

In addition, students have a variety of dual degree program options available, including a structured joint MPA/MA in Economics. Students have also simultaneously pursued degrees with Law (JD), International Studies (MA), Public Health (MPH), and Social Work (MSW), among other disciplines.

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