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Dual Degrees

The MPA can be tailored to meet student’s professional interests through dual degree options with:

The dual degree program in law and public administration provides students an opportunity to receive: Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Administration (MPA).

MPA/JD Career Opportunities

Individuals graduating with a MPA/JD have an opportunity to work in the following fields:

  • Legal counsel for government agencies
  • Court administrators
  • City attorneys
  • Administrators in government and not-for-profit agencies
  • Private practice dealing with government regulations.

Degree Requirements

To complete the MPA/JD, students must complete 33 hours in the Public Administration program and 85 hours in the College of Law. The College of Law requires the student complete both programs in order to receive the 6 hours of credit toward the JD. The Department of Public Administration may accept up to 12 credit hours of law school courses whether or not the student completes the JD curriculum.

Application Process

Students must apply and be accepted to both the MPA and JD programs. Please consult the WVU College of Law for their application process. To apply for the MPA program, applicants must submit:

For more information on the MPA/JD program contact Dr. Maja Holmes in the Department of Public Administration and Dr. Jamie VanNostrand in the College of Law.


Dual Degree with Social Work

The MSW/MPA dual degree program combines public administration and social work to prepare individuals to work in social service administration with federal, state and local government agencies and non-profit organizations. Both the MPA and MSW are nationally accredited degree programs. The MSW curriculum includes either:

Direct Practice prepares students with the knowledge and skills to provide direct services to individuals, families, and small treatment groups.

Or

Community Organization & Social Administration (COSA) prepares students with the knowledge and skills to provide leadership to communities in the development, administration, and support service programs.

MPA/MSW APPLICATION PROCESS

Students must apply and be accepted to both the MPA and MSW programs. Please consult the WVU School of Social Work for the MSW application process. To apply to the MPA program, applicants must submit:

For more information on the MPA/MSW program contact Dr. Maja Husar Holmes in the Public Administration program and Dr. Pat Chase in the School of Social Work.

PLAN OF STUDY

MPA/MSW students complete one of the following degree plans:

MPA/MSW students with advanced standing in social work take 69 credit hours for the MSW and MPA degrees. Those with regular standing in social work take 82 credit hours. Elective requirements of each program are met by counting coursework taken in the other program. If a student is enrolled full-time students are expected to complete the MPA/MSW dual degree in 36 months.

To view the complete program of study for the MSW and MPA programs visit the WVU Graduate Catalog.

MPA/MSW Internship/Field Placement Requirements

The MPA and MSW degree programs require students to complete a public service internship and an advanced field placement. Students enrolled in the dual degree with MPA and MSW programs are required to complete only one internship/field placement to meet both degree requirements.

MPA/MSW students should consult with the MSW Field Placement Coordinator to identify appropriate placement MSW sites and confirm with the MPA Internship Coordinator that the advanced field placement meets the student learning outcomes for PUBA 751: Public Service Internship. The specific internship/field placement requirements apply in the following ways:




  • MPA/MSW COSA Track and MPA/MSW Advanced Standing COSA track: MPA/MSW students enroll in 6 credit hours of MSW 682 Advanced Field Placement and complete the full PUBA 751: Public Service Internship course requirements, including internship proposal, mid-term report, timesheets, and poster presentation. Students must complete 600 contact hours for MSW 682. In lieu of the PUBA 751 course, students must complete 6 credit hours of MPA-approved electives as a replacement.
  • MPA/MSW Direct Practice and MPA/MSW Advance Standing Direct Practice: Students can request to waive 3 credit hours of PUBA 751 Public Service Internship. If the waiver is approved, MPA/MSW students must enroll in 6 credit hours of MSW 682 Advanced Field Placement and 3 credit hours of PUBA 751: Public Service Internship. Students must complete PUBA 751 course requirements, including internship proposal, mid-term report, timesheets, and poster presentation. Students must complete 800 contact hours for the combined MSW 682 and PUBA 751 Advanced Field Placement/Public Service Internship. In lieu of the waiving 3 credit hours of PUBA 751 course, students must complete 3 credit hours of MPA-approved electives as a replacement.

Individually Designed Dual Degrees

Students may pursue an individually designed dual degree that combines the MPA with another graduate degree. This allows students to complete complementary degrees by applying some courses to both degrees. Generally, students apply 12 credit hours of courses from the other degree program to the MPA electives requirement. The other degree program may accept some Public Administration courses to meet their program requirements.

Individually designed dual degree programs are approved on a case by case basis. Students should consult their academic advisors in the MPA and other degree program to review respective program and graduate school requirements. Students must prepare and submit for approval a formal program of study for the dual degree.

MPA students have pursued individually designed dual degrees with the following departments:

  • Communication Studies
  • Educational Leadership
  • Geography
  • Journalism
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Legal Studies
  • Nursing
  • Resource Management
  • Political Science
  • Public Health
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