Public Policy Frequently Asked Questions

Full-time students can complete the program in one year. Students who started the program in the fall will likely finish during the following summer or fall. Please speak with the faculty director or your advisor to discuss your particular situation.

Public Policy graduate students are required to take regular courses to fulfill the program requirements. Except in very rare circumstances (approved by the graduate director), students will not be allowed to take a course as an Independent Study.

Students are also allowed—with permission of the graduate director and the course instructor—to take electives at institutions that are part of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education. For the purposes of this program, the most relevant institutions are UCONN Hartford and the University of Hartford. All Consortium classes must be approved by the graduate director.

The capstone requirement for the Public Policy Master’s program is The Policy Practicum (PBPL 874) offered each spring. The Practicum meets weekly as a class, where students are broken up into groups and create a policy-relevant document by the end of the semester. Wherever possible, students are matched to a policy area that aligns with their own interests.

You can contact the program director or your assigned advisor with questions about courses, capstone projects, or other curriculum related issues. Questions related to registration or student accounts should be directed to those offices. All contact information appears below.

Contact information

Faculty Director: Kevin McMahon, [email protected],(860) 297-4073
Program Coordinator: Teresita Romero,:[email protected], (860) 297-2151

Other helpful contacts

Registrar’s Office: [email protected], (860) 297-2118
Student Accounts: [email protected], (860) 297-5174