4+1 Program in Urban Studies / Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP)

Students enrolled in Urban Studies (majors and minors) may apply for the joint 4+1 program with the Master of Public Administration and Policy. The following are the eligibility requirements:

  1. Applicants must have completed 90 undergraduate credits.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in their majors
  3. Applicants must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA
  4. Two letters of recommendation

Students are encouraged to take introductory courses in political science, statistics and economics before graduating from their undergraduate programs since these courses are prerequisites for full matriculation into the MPAP. A course in financial accounting is also highly recommended. Students achieve matriculation only after they obtain their undergraduate degree.  The prerequisite requirements must be completed by then.

In order to complete the joint degree, students take 9-11 graduate credits, which count both in their undergraduate program and in the MPAP. The graduate credits are taken in place of elective undergraduate credits. Students get advising from both the graduate coordinator and their undergraduate advisor. Admission is on a rolling basis and applicants may start their program of study in any semester.

Master of Public Administration and Policy(36 credits)
PA-901Policy Analysis3
PA-903Economics for Policy Analysis3
PA-934Ethics & Management of Human Resources3
PA-942Organizational Theory3
PA-945Public Budgeting & Financial Management3
PA-949Strategic Leadership & Planning for Public Organizations3
PA-951Negotiation & Conflict Resolution for Public Organizations3
PA-980Capstone Fieldwork I for Public Administration & Policy2
PA-981Capstone Fieldwork II for Public Administration and Policy4
PA-990Analysis and Interpretation of Quantitative Data for Public Policy3
Two (2) ELECTIVES required6
Total Credits36

4+1 Students

Graduate core courses will count as core classes in the graduate program and electives in the student’s undergraduate program. Graduate electives will count as electives in both the graduate and undergraduate programs

Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) – A student may take any three of the following core courses and any courses offered as graduate electives: PA-901, PA-903, PS-934, PA-942, PA-945, PA-949, PA-951