Accelerated Degree Program

Combined Degree Program: Environmental Studies BA/Public Administration MPA

The requirements are 128 credits total, with 110 undergraduate credit hours plus 18 graduate credit hours of the Master in Public Administration program to complete a B.A. in Environmental Studies.

Program requirements and objectives specific to the Environmental Studies & Public Administration Combined Program:

The Environmental Studies & Public Administration Combined Program restrict admission to students with exceptional academic records. Students should apply for the combined program no later than beginning of junior year, and admission decisions for the combined program will be made no later than spring of junior year. Application and admissions processes are through the MPA program and the Graduate School. Admission decisions for the combined program will be based on course grades (normally, a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better and a GPA of 3.5 of better in Environmental Studies major courses are required).

In addition, submit GRE scores, at least two letters of recommendation, a current resume, and a personal statement of approximately 500 words (2 typewritten pages, double-spaced) that addresses the student's:

  • Reasons for choosing public administration as a vocation

  • The values and concerns he/she brings to the study of public administration

  • Present and future professional goals

  • Sense of what he/she will contribute to the field of public administration

Admission decisions to the combined program indicate to the student that there are subsequent requirements that must be met to continue in the program: successful completion of the B.A. in year four (including both the General Education & Harpur College requirements for graduation); a "B" or better in graduate education coursework; and satisfactory completion of the other requirements of the MPA program.

Course offerings in the Environmental Studies & Public Administration Combined Program will coincide with the normal offerings of the existing Environmental Studies and Master in Public Administration Programs.

Prior to senior year, undergraduates complete 96 credits that meet all of the undergraduate requirements for Harpur Arts & Sciences division, upper-level, writing, and general education, plus all but 12 credits needed for the Environmental Studies major. During the senior year, undergraduates complete 14 undergraduate credits and the remaining 18 credits needed for the undergraduate degree. The 18 credits of MPA courses in the senior year are double counted as undergraduate elective credits and MPA credits to complete the baccalaureate degree.

Students in the combined degree program must undertake 8 full-time semesters (or equivalent) for completion of the Environmental Studies B.A. degree and an additional 2 full-time semesters so that combined they will have 10 full-time semesters for the completion of the entire combined-degree program.

Other requirements for the MPA degree: Upon completion of 18 MPA credits (or with the approval of the program), students complete a 300-hour, fifteen week internship for 2 credits (PAFF 594). Internships are usually done within the area of concentration with a governmental, not-for-profit or for-profit organization. Students enroll in the Capstone Seminar (PAFF 595) after completing the program's core courses and the internship. Completion of the capstone project requires the approval of the project paper proposal and an oral defense of the completed project before a three-person committee comprised of two faculty members and the internship supervisor, or an appropriate organizational representative.

Other details about the MPA requirements and program can be found on the website of the Department of Public Administration.