Accelerated Degree Programs

Accelerated BA-MPA Program

The Theatre / Master of Public Administration (MPA) combined degree program gives students the option to earn a Master's degree in five years instead of the typical six years. During the student's senior year, combined degree students enroll in five graduate courses in addition to his/her undergraduate course load. Students then complete their MPA during a fifth year of intensive graduate study.

The Master of Public Administration degree is ideal for students who have an interest in public service. MPA graduates pursue various avenues of success, often holding positions as city, county, or village managers, directors of nonprofit organizations, policy advisors, or analysts for the federal or state government, among others.

If you are interested in the Theatre-MPA Combined Degree program

Students should apply for the combined degree program no later than the beginning of the junior year, and admission decisions for the combined-degree program will be made no later than spring of the junior year. Application and admissions processes are through the Department of Public Administration and the Graduate School. Upon acceptance to the program, students will need to successfully complete the BA in year four (including all General Education and major requirements); earn a "B" or better in all graduate courses; and earn satisfactory reviews before completing the required MPA internship.

Once admitted into the combined degree program, the student must take 18 credits of course work in the Department of Public Administration program during their senior year. These credits double-count as undergraduate elective credits and MPA credits.
The fifth year is devoted to graduate coursework to complete the master's degree. All requirements of the master's program must be met, including maintaining a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for graduate work.

  • What your curriculum will look like

    128 BA credits + 42 MPA credits

    S1

    • THEA 203 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    S2

    • THEA 213/214/2152/16 2 credits

    • THEA technical practicum 2 credits

    • THEA 304 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req 4 credits

    S3

    • THEA 206 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • Major requirement outside department 4 credits

    S4

    • THEA 207/225/226/227/228 4 credits

    • THEA 309 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    S5

    • THEA 246/340/41/42/43/44 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    • THEA technical practicum 4 credits

    S6

    • THEA technical practicum 4 credits

    • Major emphasis requirement 4 credits

    • Major requirement outside department 4 credits

    • Gen ED/Harpur Req. 4 credits

    S7

    • Major emphasis requirement 4 credits

    • Major emphasis requirement 4 credits

    • PAFF 510 4 credits

    • PAFF 521 4 credits

    S8

    • Major emphasis requirement 4 credits

    • PAFF 522 4 credits

    • PAFF 527 4 credits

    • PAFF 525 4 credits

    S9

    • PAFF 523 4 credits

    • PAFF 591 2 credits (internship: 300 hour)

    • PAFF 5XX 4 credits

    S10

    • PAFF 595 4 credits (capstone seminar)

    • PAFF 5XX 4 credits

    • PAFF 5XX 4 credits

Additional information about this accelerated BA-MPA program is available on the Combined Degrees page on the MPA website.


Accelerated BA-MBA Program

Students also have the opportunity to complete both the BA in Theatre and a master's of business administration (MBA) in five years. Students should see their school advising office for questions regarding the curriculum for the undergraduate degree and the School of Management graduate advising office for questions regarding the MBA program. Undergraduate credits: 126. Double count credits: 28. Graduate credits: 56.