MPA Sociology Program Details

Program Details

Dual Master of Public Administration & Master of Arts in Sociology

About the Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a generalist degree designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in public and nonprofit management and policy analysis. The Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology provides methodological and theoretical frameworks to transcend individual experience in order to understand social life and is guided by a vision of social justice.

Together, the two disciplines provide graduates with a strong foundation to advance public service, work collaboratively to meet social challenges, and better understand key social phenomena using multiple lenses.

Dual degree graduates are equipped to hold leadership positions in public and nonprofit programs designed to ameliorate important social problems.

General Requirements

The dual degree program requires a minimum of 53 credit hours, including:

  • 15 credit hours of Public Administration (PAD) core courses
  • 4 credit hours of Sociology (SOC) core courses
  • 7-8 hours of research methods course work from SOC
  • 21-24 credit hours of PAD and SOC elective courses
  • 3-6 credit hours of culminating experiences (Capstone or Thesis)

Students enrolled in the dual MPA/MA in Sociology program must maintain academic standards for both programs:

  • A grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4-point scale) or better is required for degree candidacy
  • Grades of B- or better in all PAD courses
  • Grades of B or better in all SOC courses

Check out the Degree Plan and the Course Search for Sociology and Public Administration

Course Requirements
Internship Requirement
Capstone