The fields of public administration and criminal justice are closely connected. While the MPA is a generalist degree designed to prepare graduates for a variety of positions in administration and policy analysis, criminal justice studies prepare graduates to work in public service organizations within the substantive policy area.
There are several advantages to the dual degree program. The primary advantage is that the university will provide a more comprehensive education to the next generation of CJ professionals/administrators. 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 criminal justice courses and public administration courses. With this plan, students take the core of both programs and choose those electives that best suit their career and personal goals.
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.
The MPA and MCJ Program Directors serve as advisors for this program. Interested applicants should consult one of the Program Directors before applying.
MPA and MCJ Degree Plan Flow Chart