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Master of Public Administration—Master of Arts in Economics.

The Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, offer a 54-hour dual degree program leading to the Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in Economics degrees. The program is designed primarily for students who wish to complement their administrative skills with knowledge of economics. The dual M.P. A.–M.A. in Economics degree program will be particularly helpful to students intending to specialize in areas such as fiscal administration, health administration, and policy analysis.

Students wishing to pursue this dual degree program must apply to, and be accepted by, both the M.P. A. program in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Economics. To fulfill the requirements of the dual degree program, the student must take 18 hours of core courses in public administration, 18 hours of core courses in economics, and 12 hours of approved elective courses in public administration, economics, or in a related field, plus 6 hours of internship in public administration for a total of 54 hours. The first two years of study will consist entirely of the core courses in public administration and economics. The third year will consist of the balance of coursework in specialized areas in public administration or economics.

Master of Public Administration / Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology

The Department of Environmental Toxicology and the Department of Political Science, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, offer a three year 61-62 hour dual degree program leading to the Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology de-gree. This dual degree program is designed primarily for students who wish to complement their expertise in environmental toxicology with training in public management and policy analytic skills. This dual degree program reduces the number of hours required in the program by 12. Students are required to complete the 21 hour core program, take 6 hours of approved electives and complete a 3-hour internship.
Students wishing to pursue the dual degree program must apply and be accepted to both the Pub-lic Administration and the Environmental Toxicology department. See the admission section for requirements into the MPA program.

Master of Public Administration / Doctor of Jurisprudence

The Department of Political Science, in association with the School of Law, offers a program which enables the student to earn both the J.D. and M.P.A. degrees in approximately four years of full-time study. Both degrees can be completed with 102 hours of public administration and law courses (plus 6 hours of internship) instead of the 129 hours plus internship required if pursued separately. Application must be made and approved by both the School of Law and the Graduate School. No student may complete the M.P. A. program in less than 12 months.