Combined Degree Programs
In addition to the MPA degree, the Public Administration Department also offers combined degree programs with undergraduate programs and other graduate and professional programs.
BA (Select Majors) / MPA Public Administration
Undergraduate BA majors in Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, or Women's and Gender Studies may consider this accelerated dual-degree undergraduate / graduate program that will prepare students for leadership and management positions in government, health care, and nonprofit organizations by integrating relevant theory with practice. Full-time students may complete this program in five years, thus saving one year of full-time study by taking 12 graduate credits in their undergraduate senior year.
Public Administration, MPA / Educational Leadership-School District Business Leader, MSEd
The MSEd in Educational Leadership-School District Business Leader & Masters in Public Administration degree track is for professionals who want to help shape public education by taking on non-instructional leadership positions to successfully manage public schools’ various business functions. Candidates who do not currently hold a master’s degree will be required to take this 60-credit track to earn an MSEd in Educational Leadership and an MPA in Public Administration, with both degrees awarded at the end of the program. The degree coursework, together with a 600-hour internship and successful completion of the required New York State certification exam, will qualify successful candidates for New York State certification as a School District Business Leader and completion of the program.
Public Administration, MPA / Juris Doctor
Pace University’s Department of Public Administration and School of Law together make available to qualified students a dual-degree accelerated program intended to enhance career possibilities in law, government, public interest organizations, health care, and related fields. The reciprocal acceptance of course credits by each school enables full-time students to complete the requirements for both degrees in four years rather than the usual five years were each degree pursued separately. Part-time students can complete this joint degree program in as few as six years.
If you are interested in obtaining a MPA/JD joint degree, you must apply separately – and be admitted – to both Dyson’s MPA and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law programs at Pace University. Full-time students must submit applications no later than during their fourth semester at Elisabeth Haub School of Law; part-time students must apply no later than during their fifth semester. The School of Law accepts up to 12 credits from the MPA degree, and those credits must have been earned after the student has enrolled in law school.