Harris Public Policy and the School of Social Service Administration offer a joint degree program to help you make systemic changes in policy and social services.

Learn how to address some of society's key social service and public policy issues by combining your knowledge of social service organizations with an understanding of public policy.

This joint degree program is intended for people who are interested or working in social welfare, social policy and want to address the broader systemic issues related to their fields. Upon completion, graduates will be awarded both a Master of Public Policy from the Harris School and a Master of Arts from the School of Social Service Administration and be ready to tackle the issues at the root of their fields' challenges.

Program Details

Curriculum

27 courses (2700 units of credit) to earn a MPP and AM in social service administration in a total of three years.   

At Harris Public Policy:

  • Students in this program take the six required Harris School core courses, plus eight electives for a total of 14 courses (1400 units of credit), instead of the usual 18, with Harris Public Policy. Ten of the 14 courses must be public policy (PPHA) courses.
  • The Harris core provides a foundation in critical analysis, reflecting Harris's belief that mastering quantitative and analytical skills prepares students to be effective public policy leaders:
    • PPHA 30800 Analytical Politics I: Strategic Foundations
       
    • Statistics Sequence I. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31002 Statistics for Data Analysis I

      • PPHA 31202 Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis I
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (instructor approval required): STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100

    • Statistics Sequence II. Choose one of the following:
      • PPHA 31102 Statistics for Data Analysis II: Regressions
      • PPHA 31302 Advanced Statistics for Data Analysis II
      • Any course in the PhD econometrics sequence (instructor approval required): STAT 24400, PPHA 42000, or PPHA 42100
         
    • Analytical Politics II: The Policymaking Process. Choose from one of the following:
      • PPHA 31603 Analytical Politics II: Developing World

      • PPHA 31604 Analytical Politics II: Developed World

    • Microeconomics Sequence I. Choose from the following:

      • PPHA 32300 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I

      • PPHA 32310 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy I

      • PPHA 44100 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy I (PhD sequence - instructor approval required)

    • Microeconomics Sequence II. Choose from the following:

      • PPHA 32400 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II
      • PPHA 32410 Advanced Microeconomics for Public Policy II
      • PPHA 44200 Principles of Microeconomics and Public Policy II (PhD sequence - instructor approval required)

At SSA:

  • Students also take 13 courses (1300 units of credit) with the School of Social Service Administration for a total of 27 courses, thereby enabling students to earn both degrees in a total of three years.
Other Requirements

Students who wish to participate in this program must be admitted to both Harris and the School of Social Service Administration. A student who is already enrolled in one of the schools may apply during their first year for admission to the other school.

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.7 for all courses, based on a 4.0 scale, for all courses used toward the MPP degree

  • A grade of C- or better for the 6 core courses

  • Completion of the math requirement (support available)

    • Pass algebra exam

    • Pass calculus exam

  • No more than 2 reading/research, independent study, or internship courses

  • No more than 1 course taken Pass/Fail (core courses cannot be taken pass/fail)

  • Courses with grades of F, I, W, or with no reported grade do not apply toward course requirement for the program.

Residency & Sample Schedule

MPP SSA Overall Scheduling

MPP SSA First Year Schedule

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