Components & Concentrations

Discover an area of study that’s truly your own—and get the best of both worlds

As an MPA-MSES dual-degree student, you’ll complete a 60-credit hour curriculum that includes the following components: core courses and competencies; tool skills; concentration requirements; an experiential requirement; and a capstone project. These components are supplemented by an array of concentration options across both the MPA and MSES degree programs. Please work with an advisor to ensure you are meeting your degree requirements.

MPA-MSES Requirement I: Public Affairs Core Courses (15 credit hours)
  • Statistics for Environmental Science (E 538) OR (V506)
  • Environmental Management (E 543)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting (F 560)
  • Public Management Economic (V 517)
  • Law and Public Affairs (V 540)
MPA-MSES Requirement 2: Environmental Science Core Courses (12 credit hours)
  • Applied Mathematics for Environmental Science (E 526)
  • Applied Ecology (E 527)
  • Environmental Chemistry (E 536)
  • Environmental Engineering (E 552)
MPA-MSES Requirement 3: Tool Skill Courses (3 credit hours)
  • Risk Communication (E 512)
  • Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
  • Application of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
  • Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
  • Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (P 507)
  • Management Science for Public Affairs (P 539)
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
  • Public Program Evaluation (P562)

Your remaining course work and credit hours will be filled by your concentrations requirements, experiential learning component, and a capstone.

You will obtain professionally relevant experience through one of these options:

  • An approved internship, typically during the summer
  • Research project (available on a limited basis)
  • Thesis project
  • Credit for prior professional experience or volunteer service, such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America

During your Capstone, you’ll work in student groups on a semester-long, detailed analysis of a complex problem—often for a real-world client. You’ll consult with a faculty advisor on an appropriate Capstone selection.

Select a concentration tailored to your interests

Choose among our 12 MPA, four MSES, and four unique MPA-MSES dual-degree concentrations to turn your interests into an area of expertise that is highly marketable—and uniquely your own. Our faculty advisors will work with you to develop your concentration's course of study or even help you tailor a one-of-a-kind, individualized course of study.