Public Policy Administration BSPPA/MPPA Dual Degree Program

The BSPPA / MPPA 2+3 program is an accelerated program that allows outstanding BSPPA students to complete a baccalaureate degree and Master of Public Policy Administration (MPPA) degree in five years. The program allows students to apply 12 of the MPPA credit hours towards the BSPPA at UMSL, reducing the overall required hours for the two degrees from the standard 160 – 120 for the BS plus 40 for the MPPA – to 148 hours.

Core Curriculum

All candidates for the MPPA degree must complete 25 hours in the core curriculum sequence composed of the following public policy administration courses:

Policy Analysis and Economics
P P ADM 6000Introduction to Policy Analysis3
ECON 5550Economics for Public Policy Analysis3
P P ADM 6900Cases in Public Policy Administration3
Public Administration and Budgeting
P P ADM 6400Public Administration: Theory & Practice3
P P ADM 6490Human Resources in the Public Sector3
P P ADM 6180Governmental Budgeting and Financial Control3
Statistics, Research Methods, and Information Technology
P P ADM 6010Introduction to Policy Research3
P P ADM 6750Applied Research Design3
P P ADM 6850E-Governance in the Public Sector1
Total Hours25

A thesis is not required to complete the program. However, writing is an important component of the degree, and students will complete written analyses as part of their coursework and/or internships.


Twelve credit hours are taken as electives based on a student’s interest. The electives are organized into emphasis areas, listed above in the MPPA program. 

For each student in this program, the MPPA Director and the BSPPA advisor in the Department of Political Science at UMSL, will jointly identify and approve four MPPA courses (totaling 12 credits) that cover, at a more advanced level, undergraduate courses that would otherwise be taken for the BSPPA degree. These courses will substitute for (and should not duplicate) BSPPA courses, and will count toward completion of both BSPPA and MPPA requirements.

Degree requirements remain the same for the two degrees, but students admitted into this accelerated program will be able to earn 12 graduate credits prior to completing their undergraduate degrees. Upon completion of the required coursework for the MPPA, the BSPPA and MPPA degrees will be awarded.

Admission Requirements

BSPPA majors must have completed between 60 and 108 credit hours before applying for admission into this dual degree program. It is recommended that applicants apply after completing 90 credit hours. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA as well as a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major. Applications will be submitted to the Master of Public Policy Administration program and decisions will be made by the director in consultation with the BSPPA advisor in the Department of Political Science. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in college algebra or equivalent. The application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a current, full-time faculty member, and a two- to three-page statement explaining how the BSPPA/MPPA program fits in with the applicant’s educational and professional goals.