Components & Concentrations

Discover an area of study that’s truly your own—and get the best of both worlds

As an MPA-MSES dual-degree student, you’ll complete a 60-credit hour curriculum that includes the following components: core courses and competencies; tool skills; concentration requirements; an experiential requirement; and a capstone project. These components are supplemented by an array of concentration options across both the MPA and MSES degree programs. Please work with an advisor to ensure you are.

MPA-MSES Requirement I: Public Affairs Core Courses (15 credit hours)
  • Statistics for Environmental Science (E 538) OR (V506)
  • Environmental Management (E 543)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (F 560)
  • Public Management Economic (V 517)
  • Law and Public Affairs (V 540)
MPA-MSES Requirement 2: Environmental Science Core Courses (12 credit hours)
  • Applied Mathematics for Environmental Science (E 526)
  • Applied Ecology (E 527)
  • Environmental Chemistry (E 536)
  • Environmental Engineering (E 552)
MPA-MSES Requirement 3: Tool Skill Courses (3 credit hours)
  • Risk Communication (E 512)
  • Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
  • Application of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
  • Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
  • Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (P 507)
  • Management Science for Public Affairs (P 539)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
  • Public Program Evaluation (P562)

Your remaining course work and credit hours will be filled by your concentrations requirements, experiential learning component, and a capstone.

You’ll be encouraged to acquire competency in analytical methods by focusing on tool skills appropriate to your concentration. These courses should be selected in consultation with a concentration advisor.

You will obtain professionally relevant experience through one of these options:

  • An approved internship, typically during the summer
  • Research project (available on a limited basis)
  • Thesis project
  • Credit for prior professional experience or volunteer service, such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America

During your capstone, you’ll work in student groups on a semester-long, detailed analysis of a complex problem—often for a real-world client. You’ll consult with a faculty advisor on an appropriate capstone selection.