Dual Degrees

Dual-degree programs enable students to earn two degrees concurrently. All dual-degree programs require Graduate Faculty Senate approval.

There are currently four dual degree options available for students seeking their MPA:  MPA/Juris Doctor, MPA/Master of Public Health, MPA/Master of Health Administration, and MPA/Master of Library & Information Science.

Application process

Students should be admitted to both degree programs at the same time using separate applications. Students may postpone enrollment in an approved dual-degree program to no later than the end of their second semester at MU. 

General information about dual degrees is available on the Graduate School website.

MPA/Juris Doctor

Normally, an MPA takes two years and a JD takes three years.  Students pursuing the dual MPA/JD option can complete the requirements for both degrees in four years.  For information on pursuing a dual MPA/JD degree, refer to the School of Law JD/MPA page.

MPA/Master of Public Health

Normally, an MPA takes two years and a MPH takes two years.  Students pursuing the dual MPA/MPH option can complete the requirements for both degrees in three years.  For information on pursuing this dual degree, refer to the School of Health Professions' MPH/MPA page.

MPA/Master of Health Administration

A student pursuing the MPA/MHA dual degree can complete the requirements for both degrees in less time than if they were to pursue the degrees separately.  For more information on pursuing this dual degree, refer to the Truman School's MPA/MHA page.

MPA/Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS)

The School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) and the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs offer an integrated program in which students may obtain both an Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from SISLT and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree. For more information, refer to the MPA/MLIS page on the School of Information Science and Learning Technology website.