Dual Masters - Public Administration & Sociology

Dual Master's Degree

Dual Master of Public Administration & Master of Arts in Sociology

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The School of Public Affairs in collaboration with the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers a dual graduate degree in Public Administration and Sociology.

The dual MPA / MA in Sociology provides an opportunity for students to complete both programs simultaneously in 53 credit hours, instead of the 66 credit hours required if completing each degree separately. Students complete foundation coursework in both degrees, but have the flexibility to customize their programs by choosing elective coursework in public administration and sociology that best suits their interests and career goals. The research methods requirements are taken in sociology, and the culminating experience (e.g., capstone or thesis) is a collaboration between the two programs. Students without significant professional experience in public service will take an additional 3-credit hour internship.

Admission applications will be reviewed by the program director for each of the programs. It is possible for students currently admitted to one program to apply after admission to the other. Interested applicants should contact one of the program directors prior to making an application. For inquiries regarding the dual MPA and MA in Sociology degree please contact either MPA Director Dr. David Moon or Sociology Department Chair Dr. Jeff Montez de Oca.

Additional information on topics such as accreditation, mission, and student outcomes may be found on the individual MPA and MA SOC program pages.

Resources for MPA/MA Students