MPA & Sustainability
the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and School of Sustainability (SOS)
offer concurrent degree programs consisting of the Master of Public
Administration (MPA) and the Master of Science (MS) in Sustainability or
Master of Arts (MA) in Sustainability. Students much choose either the
or MPA/MA platform.
The concurrent degree program allows students to obtain two master’s degrees in a three-year period or less. In order to enroll in either of the concurrent degree programs, students must be admitted to both degree programs using established admissions criteria.
For students enrolled in either the MA or the MS in Sustainability, a concurrent degree with the MPA program would allow them to earn a professional degree with well-known career pathways in public policy. As a relatively new field, sustainability is still developing defined career paths, alumni networks, and employer expectations. A MPA degree may provide a “foot in the door” for Sustainability students into the policy domain and allow them to demonstrate to employers and colleagues the value of a sustainability education. For students in the MPA program, a concurrent degree in Sustainability will be an important differentiator from many other similar programs offered around the country. Increasingly, public policy must meet sustainability challenges. An ability to apply sustainability principles to public policy, administration and management is becoming imperative.
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).
- 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.
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.
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
MPA & MA/MS Thesis Option