MS IN SOCIAL POLICYMaster of Public Administration

The Master of Science in Social Policy/Master of Public Administration (MSSP/MPA) program prepares students to assume positions of leadership in public, nonprofit, and private organizations that develop, influence, or implement policy. The MSSP and MPA degrees complement one another in content and approach, and the dual degree enhances the breadth and depth of policy and practical experience students explore during their studies. Through the MPA program, students gain significant practical experience in leadership and administration of public sector organization; through the MSSP program, students gain robust knowledge of social policy with a focus on equity. This combination gives graduates a competitive advantage in careers focused on policy and the social sector, locally and nationally.

To receive both degrees, students must complete the independent degree requirements of each program. MPA will accept two (2) prefix-MSSP courses toward the MPA, and MSSP will accept two (2) prefix-GAFL courses toward the MSSP, to bring the student to the minimum 15 CUs required for the MSSP/MPA dual degree program. This standard format reduces the typical CUs needed to complete the MSSP degree and MPA degree from 19 CUs to 15 CUs.


Students must complete a minimum of nine (9) course units (CUs), including seven (7) core course and two (2) elective course. Students in the dual degree program may count MSSP 6290: Research & Evaluation in place of MPA core course GAFL 6400: Program Evaluation and Data Analysis, and one (1) other graduate level MSSP course as an MPA elective, reducing the requirements to seven (7) CUs. Students may also complete an internship. The MPA internship may be fulfilled by the MSSP policy internship if it is determined to be appropriate by Fels faculty directors and program director, however these students are not eligible for internship funding from Fels.


Students must complete a minimum of ten (10) course units (CUs), including seven (7) core course and three (3) elective courses; one of the three electives must be an MSSP theory elective. Students in the dual degree program may count GAFL 6110: Statistics for Public Policy in place of core course MSSP 6300: Quantitative Reasoning, and GAFL 6210: Public Economics in place of core course MSSP 6680: Economics for Social Policy. Students must also complete a policy internship.

Application Information

Students who wish to complete this dual degree should apply separately to the MSSP and MPA programs. Once accepted in both programs, students will work with their academic advisors to finalize their respective academic plans.

Course of Study

GAFL 6110: Statistics for Public PolicyGAFL 7320: Public ManagementGAFL 7980: MPA Capstone I
GAFL 6210: Public EconomicsGAFL 6510: Public Financial Management
GAFL 6310: Policy Making & Public InstitutionsMSSP Theory Elective
GAFL Elective
MSSP 6280: Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy, and ProcessMSSP 6310: Law and Social Policy
MSSP 6290: Research & Evaluation DesignMSSP 8970: Applied Linear Modeling
SP2 ElectiveMSSP 6320: Capstone I: Policy Communications (0.5 CU)
SP2 ElectiveMSSP 6330: Capstone II: Policy Internship (0.5 CU)