Dual Masters - Public Administration & Sociology
Dual Master of Public Administration & Master of Arts in Sociology
The School of Public Affairs in collaboration with the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers a dual graduate degree in Public Administration and Sociology.
The dual MPA / MA in Sociology provides an opportunity for students to complete both programs simultaneously in 53 credit hours, instead of the 66 credit hours required if completing each degree separately. Students complete foundation coursework in both degrees, but have the flexibility to customize their programs by choosing elective coursework in public administration and sociology that best suits their interests and career goals. The research methods requirements are taken in sociology, and the culminating experience (e.g., capstone or thesis) is a collaboration between the two programs. Students without significant professional experience in public service will take an additional 3-credit hour internship.
Admission applications will be reviewed by the program director for each of the programs. It is possible for students currently admitted to one program to apply after admission to the other. Interested applicants should contact one of the program directors prior to making an application. For inquiries regarding the dual MPA and MA in Sociology degree please contact either MPA Director Dr. David Moon or Sociology Department Chair Dr. Jeff Montez de Oca.
Additional information on topics such as accreditation, mission, and student outcomes may be found on the individual MPA and MA SOC program pages.
Resources for MPA/MA Students
Program Information and DetailsLearn about the program
- MPA/MA Program Details and Requirements
- MPA Course Schedules
- MA Sociology Course Schedules
- Culminating Experience (Capstone or Thesis)
Dual MPA/MA in Sociology students are required to complete either the Capstone Seminar or Master’s Thesis as their culminating experience.
- Sociology Faculty
- MPA Faculty
AdmissionsLearn more about applying to UCCS
For more information about the admission process, including prerequisites, application materials, and more, visit the SPA Graduate Admissions page.
The cost of degree program will vary based on several factors such as residency status, number of credit hours taken per semester, online course fees, etc. Your specific costs may be more accurately estimated using the Bursar Office’s Estimate Your Bill tool.
The MPA program qualifies as a Western Regional Graduate Program. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to pay in-state tuition for this program. The benefit is automatically applied to qualified students' tuition bill based on their legal residency.
Financial assistance is available to support those students who would not be able to attend SPA without aid. The primary source of information about need-based student financial assistance as well as scholarships and other non-need-based aid is the UCCS Office of Financial Aid, Student Employment and Scholarships. Additional information on financial assistance programs may be obtained through the Graduate School.
The School of Public Affairs offers scholarships and a limited number of graduate teaching or research assistantships to students.
MPA/MA SOC Program ResourcesExplore program resources
- MPA Handbook
- Advising Sheet
- Pi Alpha Alpha - Public Affairs & Administration Honor Society
- Petition for Independent Study Form
- Capstone Checklist
- MPA Thesis Application Form
Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions
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