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Program Requirements

All students admitted to the concurrent degree MPA/MA or MS program are required to complete the following courses:

  • PAF Core Courses
        • PAF 501 Public Service Research I
        • PAF 502 Public Service Research II
        • PAF 503 Public Affairs
        • PAF 504 Public Affairs Economics
        • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis
        • PAF 506 Public Budgeting & Finance
        • PAF 507 Public Human Resource Management
        • PAF 508 Organization Behavior
        • PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone 
  • PAF Electives
        • PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis
        • PAF 541 Program Evaluation
        • PAF 571 GIS & Analysis
        • PAF 573 Advanced Regression
        • PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics & Leading Public Change
        • Other approved graduate-level course
  • SOS Core Courses
        • SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability
        • SOS 511 Quantitative Methods in Sustainability
    • Choose 9 credits from the following:
        • SOS 512 Sustainable Resource Allocation
        • SOS 513 Science for Sustainability
        • SOS 514 Human Dimensions of Sustainability
        • SOS 515 Industrial Ecology and Design for Sustainability
        • SOS 516 Science, Technology, and Public Affairs or SOS 591 Uncertainty and Decision Making
        • SOS 591 Sustainability and Enterprise
  •  Challenge Area Seminars (Choose 3 credits for thesis option, 6 credits for non-thesis)
        • SOS 530 International Development and Sustainability
        • SOS 532 Sustainable Urban Dynamics
        • SOS 533 Sustainable Water
        • SOS 534 Sustainable Energy and Material Use
        • SOS 535 Sustainable Ecosystems
        • SOS 598 Food System Sustainability
  • Required Solutions Workshops (Choose 3 credits for thesis option, 6 credits for non-thesis)
    Solutions workshops are designed to provide students with experience solving real-world problems that involve multiple sustainability challenges. As such, they will be problem-based, and not specifically attached to one of the main themes. Please check with Sustainability Advising for a current list of workshops that are being offered.
  • Thesis or Non-Thesis Option -
    A thesis is optional for the MS Sustainability.
        • Thesis: If students elect to do a thesis they will be required to devote six (6) hours to writing a thesis (SOS 599). Once approved by the faculty advisor, students may also register for research hours (SOS 592).
          --or--
        • Non-Thesis: If students choose the non-thesis option, they will be required to complete an additional three (3) semester hours of challenge area seminars and an additional three (3) semester hours of solutions workshop
  • Shared MPA and MA/MS Sustainability coursework
    The 9 hours of elective coursework for the MPA and 6 hours for the MA/MS would be shared between both programs for a total of 15 hours. Shared courses include:

        • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis

        • From one of the following PAF elective courses: PAF 540, PAF 541, PAF 571, PAF 573, PAF 574 OR other approved graduate-level course

        • SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability

        • SOS 511 Quantitative Methods in Sustainability

        • From one of the following SOS required core course: SOS 512, SOS 513, SOS 514, SOS 516 (or SOS 591), OR SOS 591.


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All applicants for the concurrent degree MPA/MA or MS in Sustainability program must follow the procedures for admission to the Graduate College. Applicants are required to submit an on-line application to the Graduate College, application fee, official GRE scores and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work. Fall admission only. Deadline December 15th.

 

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Students admitted to the MPA/MA or MS in Sustainability concurrent degree program should complete all coursework within three years if they attend full time.  Students will take a combination of MPA and Sustainability courses throughout their program.

 

MPP & MA/MS Non-Thesis Option

Semester One
PAF 501 Public Service Research I (3)
PAF 503 Public Affairs (3)
SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability (3)

Semester Three
PAF 502  Public Service Research II (3)
PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3)
PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)
SOS Challenge Area Seminar (3)

Semester Five
PAF Elective (3)
PAF Elective (3)
SOS Required Solutions Workshop (3)

Semester Two
PAF 504 Public Affairs Economics (3) 
SOS 511 Quantitative Methods in Sustainability (3)
SOS Core (3)

Semester Four
PAF 506 Public Budgeting & Finance (3)
PAF 507 Public Human Resources Management (3)
SOS Core (3)
SOS Core (3)

Semester Six
PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone (3)
SOS Challenge Area Seminar (3)
SOS Required Solutions Workshop (3)

 

MPA & MA/MS Thesis Option

Semester One
PAF 501 Public Service Research I (3)
PAF 503 Public Affairs (3)
SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability (3)

Semester Three
PAF 502  Public Service Research II (3)
PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3)
PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3)
SOS Challenge Area Seminar (3)

Semester Five
PAF Elective (3)
PAF Elective (3)
SOS Required Solutions Workshop (3)

Semester Two
PAF 504 Public Affairs Economics (3)  
SOS 511 Quantitative Methods in Sustainability (3)
SOS Core (3)

Semester Four
PAF 506 Public Budgeting & Finance (3)
PAF 507 Public Human Resources Management (3)
SOS Core (3)
SOS Core (3)

Semester Six
PAF 509 Public Affairs Capstone (3)
SOS 599 Thesis (6)

 

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