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.
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- Core courses and competencies
- 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)
- Applied Mathematics for Environmental Science (E 526)
- Applied Ecology (E 527)
- Environmental Chemistry (E 536)
- Environmental Engineering (E 552)
- 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.
- Tool skills
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.
- Experiential requirement
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
- Capstone project
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.