UConn announces plans to create a school of public policy

The University of Connecticut recently announced that a School of Public Policy (SPP) will now replace the Department of Public Policy (DPP).

Given its emphasis on higher professional education and its location at UConn Hartford, DPP operated much like a school by providing its graduate students with various student and career services, and conducting engagement, outreach and academic and applied research. The School of Public Policy will also house the Institute for Municipal and Regional Research (IMRP).

The school’s graduate programs have been a major contributor of skilled professionals to the public, nonprofit, and private sectors in the state of Connecticut and the nation. This new designation will allow the school to continue to have a positive impact on the state of Connecticut for years to come.

A view of the Hartford skyline and UConn Hartford campus sign at dusk on August 22, 2017. Peter Morenus/UConn Photo

The UConn School of Public Policy has pioneered public service education, research, and service in Connecticut and the United States.

Boasting a 97% placement rate within 6 months of graduation, a ranking of 8and nationally (1st in New England) among public finance and budget programs, and a ranking of 39and nationally (2n/a in New England) among 300 ranked public affairs programs, the school has been one of the state’s go-to institutions for those looking to advance their careers in the public, nonprofit, 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 policyand Search by survey. The UConn School of Public Policy Faculty its members are recognized nationally and internationally as experts in their fields of research. Students learn from world-class faculty actively pursuing research in public finance and budgeting, health policy, child and family policy, gun violence prevention, education policy , slavery reparations, gender equity, health policy, sustainable sourcing, energy policy, and racial and ethnic profiling.

“Our tradition has been to attract faculty who are the best and they bring a wealth of knowledge and a genuine desire for student success to their classrooms,” said Mohamad Alkadry, the first principal of the UConn School of Public. Policy.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program introduces students to and prepares them for successful careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. It also has a cohort of Saturday Executives (MPA Fellows) to meet the needs of 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, Business, and Administration (NASPAA). This professional graduate degree provides current and future leaders with the critical analytical and management skills necessary for advancement in the public or nonprofit sectors.

Admission to the Executive MPA Fellows cohort is only available to working professionals. Core courses are offered on Saturdays and the program allows students to complete their courses primarily by taking one course at a time. The program follows a cohort model that allows students to network with their peers and faculty.

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Asked about Executive Track students, professor and director of graduate programs Dr Eric Brunner said: “It is always a pleasure to work with the students of the Executive Track. Their 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 comes with the highest standards of student support to ensure that admitted students have an excellent chance of graduating within two years.

The MPA Scholars cohorts have some of the highest two-year graduation rates in the country, ranging from 95% to 100%.

The experience that each student in the Executive Track program brings is a key part of what makes the program such a good choice for those looking to earn their MPA degree. Being able to network with professionals from all fields as classmates provides students with a unique environment to gain expertise and opens them up to new perspectives in the world of public policy.

MPA scholarship holders as well as Masters in Public Administration and Masters in Public Policy students will have access to the School’s nine areas of specialization or intervention, such as non-profit management, executive leadership, public financial management, urban planning and diversity, equity and inclusion, among other specializations. Students can also design their own focus areas with the help of their advisors.

The School of Public Policy regularly hosts virtual information sessions for interested parties. Sessions are typically 30 minutes long and offer program information as well as the opportunity to ask questions. Registration is available in line, with more events added regularly. Outreach Coordinator Luciano Lawrence is available by email to answer questions at Luciano.Lawrence@UConn.edu. Faculty and program staff are also available to speak face-to-face with interested students.

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