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.
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.