Dual Masters - Public Administration & Sociology

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Dual Master of Public Administration & Master of Arts in Sociology

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. Enrollment in the dual degree program will begin for the Fall 2018 semester.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a generalist degree designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in public and nonprofit management and policy analysis. The Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology provides methodological and theoretical frameworks to transcend individual experience in order to understand social life and is guided by a vision of social justice. Together, the two disciplines provide graduates with a strong foundation to advance public service, work collaboratively to meet social challenges, and better understand key social phenomena using multiple lenses.

Dual degree graduates are equipped to hold leadership positions in public and nonprofit programs designed to ameliorate important social problems.

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. Cathy Simmons or Sociology Graduate Program Director Dr. Edwardo Portillos.