For Urban and Community Studies (UCS) majors with interests in public policy, public or non-profit management, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a logical next step. Usually it takes two years of graduate work to earn an MPA. But an agreement between UCS and MPA allow select UCS coursework to satisfy competencies for the MPA degree making it possible to complete the degree in a shorter amount of time. The MPA curriculum emphasizes problem-oriented courses, field-based learning (internship), flexibility in allowing students to meet individual career needs and interests, and the opportunity for interdisciplinary study. The faculty of the program have interests and expertise in a broad range of policy areas. The approach is action-oriented, interdisciplinary, and solution focused. Graduates of the MPA program hold leadership positions at all levels in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors. The “Fast-Track” opportunities are for motivated UConn students currently pursuing their undergraduate degree at UConn. UConn Fast-Track students complete MPA graduate courses while still an undergraduate. These graduate courses are applied to meet their undergraduate course requirements. There is a separate application required for the Fast-Track program. Students from all UConn campuses are welcome to apply. MPA courses are offered at the Greater Hartford Campus in West Hartford, and at the Storrs Campus. There are many different ways that a Fast-Track program can be structured. The specific Fast-Track MPA courses are selected for each student on an individualized basis. The MPA program works with students to design the specific curriculum that best meets their interests, needs, and career goals.
Applying to the MPA Fast-Track Program
To apply to the Fast-Track program you must be a current UConn undergraduate student. UCS majors are encouraged to apply during their Junior or Senior year. Students interested in applying to the program should submit the following:
- A short (no more than two pages) statement describing why you are interested in the MPA Fast-Track. Be sure to include in your statement why a Fast-Track with MPA would help you to achieve your personal and/or career goals
- A current resume
- A current unofficial transcript
Interim Administrative Program Director
Department of Public Policy
University of Connecticut
10 Prospect Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Acceptance into the Fast-Track does not automatically result in acceptance into the MPA program.
Students interested in further information about the Fast-Track program or the application procedure should contact the Administrative Program Director at 959-200-3753.
To learn more about the Fast-Track program, please visit the Department of Public Policy′s undergraduate programs web page.