Our signature dual degree program combines rigorous scientific training with one of the nation’s best masters programs in policy and management for a powerful and flexible combination of skills—positioning you at the crucial intersection of science, policy, and society.
MPA-MSES Dual Degree
The MPA-MSES dual degree program
This unique, 60-credit-hour program allows you to earn a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) in an average of two and a half years.
Our MPA program is ranked first in the nation, and our environmental policy program is also the nation's highest-ranked program at any institution, public or private. You can earn both in less time than it would take you to complete these degrees independently.Get more detailed program information MSES Viewbook MPA Viewbook
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O’Neill had everything I was looking for in a graduate experience: challenging courses, passionate and experienced faculty, staff and career advisors, hands-on learning opportunities, and amazing classmates.—Kyle Clark-Sutton, MPA-MSES 2015
Learn from an expert faculty member
You’ll work with nationally acclaimed faculty throughout your academic career at O’Neill.
Their wide-ranging research and service activities make it easy for you to select an advisor based on your academic interests.
Your faculty advisor will oversee your progress as you work toward your degree. He or she will help you design an academic plan, collaborate with you when needed, and assist with internship and job resources.
"This dual-degree program directly aligns with my interests in environmental policy that I have had both before and after my time in the Peace Corps."
—Rebecca Ciciretti, MPA-MSES'15, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer