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  • Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Experience in assistantships and Legislative Fellows supports career growth assisting legislators.
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Bucsak
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Measuring perfomance and running analyses for a federal government agency.
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.e
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Education policy and equity in the urban landscape; improving advocacy efforts in Wilmington.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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4+1 Programs — Accelerated Bachelor plus Master Degrees

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Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs for SPPA Majors
Public affairs and leadership students can earn a bachelor's and master's degree in just 5 years.

The accelerated 4+1 programs allow advanced undergraduate students to complete either an M.A. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy or a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree while completing the requirements for their undergraduate degree.

Applicants must be Public Policy or Organizational & Community Leadership majors in the School of Public Policy & Administration, and show promise of constructive involvement with faculty, staff, and other students in instruction, research, and public service. Consideration is also given to the student's potential for successful completion of his or her graduate program requirements. SPPA seeks students with a mix of interests, backgrounds, and areas of competence.

Additional features of the 4+1 programs:

  • Earn admission to either 4+1 program in the junior year.
  • Take graduate courses while also pursuing an​ undergraduate Public Policy or Organizational & Community Leadership major.
  • Save one year of graduate tuition.
  • Interact closely with graduate peers and faculty.
  • Have a graduate faculty advisor after admission into either 4+1 program.
  • Enjoy exposure to broad multicultural and interdisciplinary academic experiences.

Getting Started

It’s never too early to learn more about SPPA’s 4+1 programs or to start preparing application materials! Speak with your academic advisor or set up an appointment with one of the 4+1 program directors, and be sure to review the program admissions criteria.  

Because of the "hands on" aspect of the 4+1 programs, students can acquire professional skills and establish critical connections with practitioners early in their careers. Those who later wish to pursue a Ph.D. will have gained a background in research, organizational practices, and subject matter content.

M.A. Urban Affairs & Public Policy

The M.A. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy prepares students to address critical policy challenges facing communities at all levels, from neighborhoods to the nation, including:

  • health
  • education
  • housing
  • civil rights
  • poverty
  • economic growth
  • environmental quality
  • the role of the media in citizenship and public policy

We understand that  planning and policy analysis are rapidly becoming integrated, intellectually and practically, into a single interdisciplinary field and profession.  The context of the program is distinctively urban.  It seeks to graduate individuals who combine the skills and theory to work in a variety of policy analysis/planning positions. The program equips our students with the diverse knowledge and experience needed to address policy challenges from creative vantage points, and we encourage them to adopt a truly global outlook on policy solutions.

M.A. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy Program Director: Danilo Yanich, Ph.D.

Master of Public Administration - MPA

​​The Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares students for public management careers linked to government/nonprofit agencies, public advocacy groups or private sector organizations providing critical services directly related to the public good. The curriculum includes core subjects, area of specialization courses, and an internship experience. The MPA is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

MPA Program​ Director: Daniel Smith, Ph.D.​

Certificate in Historic Preservation

​The certificate program in Historic Preservation is not a 4+1 degree, however, undergraduate students are eligible to apply and complete the certificate program concurrently with their undergraduate studies. This would result in a graduate certificate in addition to their bachelor's degree upon graduation from both programs. For more information on the Historic Preservation certificate program, please click here. Or, you may contact the program director, Chandra Reedy, directly with any questions.

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  • School of Public Policy & Administration
  • 184 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1687