Higher Education & Public Policy (MA/MPP)
The Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) and the Ford School of Public Policy (FSPP) offer a dual degree program, leading to a Master of Arts in Education (MA) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree. This program is arranged so that requirements for both degrees can be completed in two and one half years (5 terms); however, some students may require more than 5 terms to complete the program.
A small number of qualified candidates pursue concurrent work in higher education and public policy. The program is designed for students interested in broad policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education, such as state governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring.
Course of Study
The typical sequence of study is to spend the first year in either the Ford School or the School of Education and the second year in the other program. Students may begin at either school.
Students must satisfy the degree requirements of each school and should consult with their advisor about graduation requirements for each degree. A total of 65 credit hours are required for the dual degree.
The MA degree requires that a minimum of 27 credit hours be taken in the School of Education, including the following:
- the core curriculum
- a one-semester administrative practicum
The MPP degree requires that a minimum of 32 credits be taken at the Ford School, including the following:
- the core curriculum
- Participation in the Integrated Policy Exercise
- *Beginning with the entering class of September 2012 and for a 2-year trial, students are allowed to replace the second IPE with enrollment in a 1-credit Project Skills Workshop, PubPol 778, which is offered both Fall and Winter semesters. Learn more about the trial.
- a 10-week summer internship
Dual Degree Requirement
Once the 59 required minimum credit hours have been completed, the student must complete 6 credit hours of electives that are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Coursework in introductory research methodology, advance-level policy courses beyond the core, and cognates may satisfy requirements for both schools. When a core course is waived, the student is expected to take another course from the school that has waived the requirement.
Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application. Students currently enrolled in either program may apply to the dual program during the first year of study.
For more information or an application, please contact:
Faculty Advisor to the MA/MPP Program:
Associate Professor Stephen L. DesJardins