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COMBINED BA / MPA DEGREE

IN THEATRE AND NON-PROFIT ADMINISTRATION

The Theatre / 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 Theatre-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.

What your curriculum will look like: 128 BA credits and 42 MPA credits

S1
THEA 203 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits 
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits 
S2
THEA 213/214/2152/16 2 credits
THEA technical practicum 2 credits
THEA 304 4 credits 
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req 4 credits 
S3
THEA 206 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
Major requirement outside department 4 credits
S4
THEA 207/225/226/227/228 4 credits
THEA 309 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
S5
THEA 246/340/41/42/43/44 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
Gen Ed/Harpur Req. 4 credits
THEA technical practicum 4 credits
S6
THEA technical practicum 4 credits
Major emphasis requirement 4 credits
Major requirement outside department 4 credits
Gen ED/Harpur Req. 4 credits
S7
Major emphasis requirement 4 credits
Major emphasis requirement 4 credits
PAFF 510 4 credits
PAFF 521 4 credits
S8
Major emphasis requirement 4 credits
PAFF 522 4 credits
PAFF 527 4 credits
PAFF 525 4 credits
S9
PAFF 523 4 credits
PAFF 591 2 credits (internship: 300 hour)
PAFF 5XX 4 credits
S10
PAFF 595 4 credits (capstone seminar)
PAFF 5XX 4 credits
PAFF 5XX 4 credits

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.

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Last Updated: 2/4/14