Pathway Programs

The Department of Public Policy and Administration and the MPA program offers various accelerated pathways for both undergraduate and graduate students. for undergraduate students, the MPA program has both combined BPPS/MPA pathway for BPPS students and 4+1 pathways for undergraduate students who are from a degree program other than BPPS. For graduate students, MPA has pathways with the College of Law to offer a joint JD/MPA and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice to offer a joint MSCJ/MPA. All pathways enable students to expedite their time-to-degree, saving both time and money as they are able to earn graduate credits that apply towards both degree programs.

Please note:

  • Candidates applying to any of the joint degree pathways must meet the entrance requirements established by each individual program.
  • Applications for a joint degree pathway will not be accepted from candidates who have already completed either degree.
  • And, joint degree candidates will not receive either degree until all requirements for both programs have been satisfied.

Bachelor of Public Policy and Service / Master of Public Administration Degree Pathway

The combined BPPS/MPA degree pathway allows qualified students to earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time than typically required for earning degrees sequentially. You can read more about the BPPS/MPA Degree Pathway Here.

Accelerated (4+1) Bachelor of Psychology / Master of Public Administration Degree Pathway

Accelerated BA in Psychology/MPA Degree Pathway allows qualified students to earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time than typically required for earning both degrees sequentially. You can read more about the Accelerated BA in Psychology/MPA Degree Pathway here

Accelerated (4+1) BSCJ/BSCS / Master of Public Administration Degree Pathway

The Accelerated BSCJ/BSCS MPA Degree Pathway allows qualified students to earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time than typically required for earning both degrees sequentially. You can read more about the Accelerated BSCJ/BSCS MPA Degree Pathway here.

General Accelerated 4+1 Master of Public Administration Degree Pathway

The General Accelerated 4+1 MPA Degree Pathway allows qualified students from all bachelor's degree programs except the Bachelor of Public Policy and Service (BPPS) to earn both their respective bachelor's degree and the MPA degree in a shorter amount of time than typically required for earning both degrees sequentially. You can read more about the Accelerated 4+1 MPA Degree Pathway here.

Juris Doctor / Master of Public Administration Joint Degree Pathway

The faculties of the College of Law and the School of International and Public Affairs have approved a joint degree pathway culminating in both a Juris Doctor degree (JD), awarded by the College of Law, and a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA), awarded by the School of International and Public Affairs. You can read more about the Joint JD/MPA Degree Pathway Here.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice / Master of Public Administration Joint Degree Pathway

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Public Policy and Administration have a joint degree pathway culminating in both a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). The joint degree pathway prepares graduate students for overlapping careers in criminal justice and public management. It is intended to prepare students for positions in public, private, and nonprofit organizations that require both criminal justice and management knowledge. You can read more about the Joint MSCJ/MPA Degree Pathway Here.