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Combined Bachelor’s and Master of Public Policy

This program enables qualified students to earn, in a continuous plan of study, both a bachelor’s degree with a major in any related discipline and the Master of Public Policy (MPP).


Admission to the Program

Admission to the combined bachelor’s/MPP program requires junior standing, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a completed application form available from the Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP), a written faculty recommendation, an essay on the student’s interests and abilities in public policy, and an interview with an academic advisor.

Acceptance and participation in the combined bachelor’s/MPP program does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the graduate program, but once admitted to the combined program, a student may not be denied entry into the MPP program if that student completes the bachelor’s program in good standing and meets university and department minimum standards for admission to the MPP program.

Students must apply for admission to the graduate program through the SPA Office of Graduate Admissions no later than the last undergraduate semester.


Requirements

All requirements for a bachelor’s degree with a major in any related discipline.

Undergraduate students may apply up to 15 credit hours of approved graduate-level course work to satisfy the requirements for both degrees. Students take courses in statistics, public policy, economics, and other courses approved by the MPP director.

All requirements for the MPP, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.