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Public Administration Dual-Degree Programs

The College of Community and Public Affairs offers three dual-degree programs. Students can combine specialized subject area education with an understanding of how public administration functions within that domain. Successful completion of the dual-degree programs result in two degrees. 

  • The MPA + MS Nursing Dual-Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management.
  • The MPA + MSW (Social Work) Dual-Degree Program will prepare students for administrative positions in social service agencies. Increasingly, social workers must possess management and administrative skills to be competent in addressing the challenges of their positions as supervisors, administrators, and agency heads while still possessing the specialized knowledge and skills needed to respond to an environment of increasing policy and organizational complexity within social welfare agencies.
  • The MPA + MS Student Affairs Administration Dual-Degree Program will prepare students for administrative positions in college and university settings. To be an effective leader in student affairs, professionals must first be knowledgeable of how students grow and develop during the college years and how institutions can be intentional in facilitating the growth process. Leaders in higher education need to employ proven managerial strategies in order to be successful and must pay careful attention to the management of human resources, finances, information technology, and physical infrastructure. In addition to this, leaders should know how to adjust their administrative style if problems are encountered and be able to ground both successes and shortcomings in administrative theory.

By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Graduate Degrees Offered

Click the links below to learn more about each program, including program admission requirements.

Related Degree Programs

Application Deadlines

Students must apply to both programs concurrently (MPA + MS Nursing or MPA + MSW or MPA + MS Student Affairs) by their individual deadlines.

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MPA January 15 (funding)
April 15 (regular) 
October 15
MS Nursing March 15 (funding)
April 15 (regular) 
October 15
MSW February 1 n/a
MS Student Affairs
April 15 (funding)  November 15


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Last Updated: 8/1/14