BA/Masters Combined Degree Programs

Philosophy (MA) Combined Degree Program

The Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) / Master’s degree in Philosophy (MA) combined degree program gives students the option to earn a Master’s degree in five years instead of the typical six years. The five-year combined degree program offers a limited number of exceptional undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Law (PPL) majors the opportunity to enroll in a master's degree program that specializes in Social, Political, Ethical and Legal Philosophy (SPEL).

Additional information about this fast-track BA-MA program is available on the Philosophy website.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Combined Degree Program

The Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL) / 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 PPL-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.

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

For more information about the MPA program, including its certificate programs in Local Government management, Nonprofit Management, or the specialization in Sustainable Communities, click here.

Last Updated: 5/6/15