Students may obtain a dual Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Information Science (MIS) degree with the Department of Public Administration in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS) and the School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS). Graduate students must obtain admission to both programs separately before being considered a dual-degree candidate.
Persons interested in obtaining a dual degree must follow the requirements as set forth by both the MPA and the MIS programs. The MIS degree is granted after completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours of both required and elective MIS courses. To obtain the MPA, the dual-degree candidate must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate courses with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Students must also successfully complete a mastery case study, submit a digital student learning portfolio of developmental experiences, and successfully present the portfolio to a panel of MPA and MIS faculty members. Joint degree students have the option to specialize in Public Policy and Research in Information Society or Systems Design and Implementation in the elective MIS courses.