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Dual Degrees & Certificates

The MPA Program has joined other departments on campus to offer dual degrees. Dual degrees are a great opportunity for students, who are interested in more than one discipline. Below is a list of our dual degree programs and certificates. For more information, please contact our office. Please be advised that though we try to keep these agreements updated, courses change in departments so it is best to speak with each program's adviser to maintain requirements are being met.

MPA Dual Degrees

The MPA/MPH program is based on the assumption that because there is complementary intellectual and professional benefit from studying public health and public administration in a coordinated program, a student enrolled in the dual degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than were that student enrolled in each school or program independently. Students are able to gain knowledge and experience around issues involving public health, while also gaining administrative insight in public and nonprofit funding, governance, regulations, etc.

 If you have questions or need assistance, regarding the MPH please call 801-581-6385. 

Division of Public Health

The MPA/MCMP program is based on the assumption that because there is complementary intellectual and professional benefit from studying city and metropolitan planning and public administration in a coordinated program. This dual degree will prepare students for careers in local government, particularly in rapidly growing small towns and rural areas where administrators and planners wear many hats.

Students seeking to take advantage of the MCMP/MPA program must meet current University of Utah admission standards and be accepted into both the MCMP and MPA programs. Upon enrollment, students in the dual degree program will complete the core courses in both regular degree programs, totaling 60 credit hours. This is 30 credit hours fewer than completing both programs sequentially. 

Department of City and Metropolitan Planning

The J.D./M.P.A. program is based on the assumption that because there is complementary intellectual benefit from studying law and public administration in a coordinated program, a student enrolled in the dual degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than were that student enrolled in each school or program independently. Students are able to gain knowledge and experience around legal issues, while also understanding administration (e.g., budgeting, human resource management, policy analysis, etc.).

Details on the application process for the Juris Doctor program (J.D.) are available on the official J.D. website.

S.J. Quinney College of Law

The MPA/MSW program is based on the assumption that because there is complementary intellectual and professional benefit from studying social work and public administration in a coordinated program, a student enrolled in the dual degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than were that student enrolled in each school or program independently. The program is designed to help students gain clinical knowledge and experience, along with administrative (e.g., budgeting, human resource management, program evaluation, etc.) experience concurrently.

Students in the dual degree program complete 51 credit hours of MSW coursework and 30 credit hours of MPA coursework. By combining the two programs, a student will save 21 credit hours. If needed, dual degree students may complete their MPA internship requirement through the MSW practicum requirement. The MPA Program’s major research paper requirement can be met through the MSW project requirement, but an MPA advisor must approve the final product. Both degrees are conferred at the same time, even if requirements are completed for one before the other. Additionally, a student may not take the CSW licensing exam until both degrees are completed.

All MSW courses are held during the day, while all MPA courses are held in the evening.

College of Social Work

The dual Ph.D-MPA degree program in educational leadership and public administration adds an interdisciplinary option for students preparing to assume leadership roles in public administration and the related fields of educational leadership and policy, theory and/or research.  The program reflects a broad spectrum of educational and administrative goals.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

 

Certificates

Numerous graduate-level certificates are available to MPA students. Earning a certificate is an excellent way to specialize your studies without the significantly higher investments required of dual degrees. Explore the links below to learn more about the graduate certificate options available at the University of Utah.

Featured Certificates

Full Certificate List

Last Updated: 10/6/21