The fields of public administration and criminology and criminal justice are closely connected. The MPA is a generalist degree designed to prepare graduates for a variety of positions in administration and policy analysis. Criminology and criminal justice studies prepare graduates to work in a variety of agencies and organizations focused on a wide range of substantive policy areas.
There are several advantages to the dual degree program:
- given the close links between the two degree programs, it is possible to provide the education associated with both degrees in less class time
- the dual degree program keeps the core elements of each program and allows students to choose their electives from criminology and criminal justice courses and public administration courses. Students choose electives that best suit their career and personal goals
- the program provides a more comprehensive education to the next generation of criminology and criminal justice professionals and administrators.
Students pursuing the joint degree program must apply separately and be admitted to each of the programs. It is possible for students currently admitted to one program to apply after admission to the other. Students interested in the joint degree program may also declare a concentration.
See the documents below for additional information:
The MPA and MCJ Program Directors serve as advisors for this program. Interested applicants should consult one of the Program Directors before applying:
Dr. Jane Hansberry
MPA Program Director
Dr. Lori Hughes
MCJ Program Director