Dual-degree programs offer students the opportunity to earn two graduate degrees in distinct but complementary fields, expanding graduates’ career opportunities.
A Master of Public Administration, which is a broad-based and versatile degree, pairs well with many specialized graduate programs, providing leadership skills and a deep knowledge of the public sector.
Our dual-degree options include some course overlap that can help reduce the total time to completion and the number of credits a student must earn to graduate. Dual degrees are available to on-campus students only. Admission to both programs must be gained independently through separate applications, and advisors in both degree programs must approve the joint plan. Students may start in either the MPA program or other academic program, but they generally will need to apply to the other degree program within their first year of study at UNC-Chapel Hill.
“I chose the MSW-MPA dual degree to better understand how collaborative relationships between governments and nonprofits can create positive social change. Both programs gave me an understanding of the culture and priorities of each field, as well as specific skills to help me achieve this goal.”
Pursuing a law degree in conjunction with an MPA degree can be a rewarding option for those who want to serve in a leadership role within a government or nonprofit agency. The ability to interpret and practice law, combined with the leadership competencies and deep knowledge of the public sector gained through an MPA, will prepare graduates for professional opportunities in nonprofit, policy, and government settings. The dual-degree program requires four years of coursework, along with a 10-week summer internship.
The MPA/MCRP dual-degree option provides students with two distinct areas of training in public administration and city planning, preparing them for a career related to local government. Students will gain a specialized skill set in city planning combined with the broad-based leadership skills of the MPA. This dual-degree program requires three years of class work, as well as all internship/Professional Work Experience requirements for each program.
The combined program in public administration and social work is designed to prepare students for public service leadership roles in the human services. Students will gain the clinical knowledge of the MSW combined with the leadership and management skills of the MPA. The dual-degree program requires three years of class work, as well as all field placement and Professional Work Experience requirements of each program.
The MPA/MSIS and MPA/MSLS dual-degree programs are designed to prepare students for the varied and complex information management issues they will encounter in a public sector career.
UNC’s MPA program partners with the University’s Environment, Energy, and Ecology Program to offer a dual bachelor’s/master’s program. Together, these programs equip graduates to pursue a career in environmental-related public administration. Eligible students must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill in Environmental Studies (BA) or Environmental Sciences (BS). Students will ideally begin taking MPA courses during their junior or senior year.