Dual Degree Programs

The Fels Institute offers a number of dual degree options that enable students to pursue the Master of Public Administration concurrently with another graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania. If you are interested in combining a study of public administration with coursework in public health, education policy, social policy, environmental studies, or law, a dual degree program will allow you to obtain two Penn degrees in an accelerated format. Dual degree programs allow students to receive two graduate degrees in an expedited manner. In most cases, MPA students can import up to four graduate courses from other programs into the MPA to replace four MPA electives. The student must, however, obtain approval from both program advisors for their specific dual degree arrangement. In addition, students must gain admission to both programs. The most common dual degrees are:

MPA/JD (Penn Law School)

MPA/Master of Education Policy (Graduate School of Education)

MPA/Master of Social Policy (School of Social Policy & Practice)

MPA/Master of Social Work (School of Social Policy & Practice)

MPA/Master of City Planning (School of Design)

MPA/Master of Environmental Studies (Liberal and Professional Studies)

MPA/Master of Bioethics (School of Medicine)

For questions regarding dual degree programs, please contact Jaclyn Clevenger, admissions coordinator, at jaclyncl@sas.upenn.edu.