Public Administration and Sociology, Master | Online (optional) | University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) | Colorado Springs, United States
36 months
15464 USD/year
15464 USD/year
7748 USD/year
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The dual MPA / MA in Public Administration and Sociology at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) provides an opportunity for students to complete both programs simultaneously in 53 credit hours, instead of the 66 credit hours required if completing each degree separately.


Students of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) complete foundation coursework in Public Administration and Sociology, but have the flexibility to customize their programs by choosing elective coursework in public administration and sociology that best suits their interests and career goals. 

The research methods requirements are taken in sociology, and the culminating experience (e.g., capstone or thesis) is a collaboration between the two programs. Students without significant professional experience in public service will take an additional 3-credit hour internship.

Admission applications will be reviewed by the program director for each of the programs. It is possible for students currently admitted to one program to apply after admission to the other. Interested applicants should contact one of the program directors prior to making an application. For inquiries regarding the dual MPA and MA in Sociology degree please contact either MPA Director Dr. David Moon or Sociology Department Chair Dr. Jeff Montez de Oca.

General Requirements

The dual degree program requires a minimum of 53 credit hours, including:

  • 15 credit hours of Public Administration (PAD) core courses
  • 4 credit hours of Sociology (SOC) core courses
  • 7-8 hours of research methods course work from SOC
  • 21-24 credit hours of PAD and SOC elective courses
  • 3-6 credit hours of culminating experiences (Capstone or Thesis)

Students enrolled in the dual MPA/MA in Sociology program must maintain academic standards for both programs:

  • A grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4-point scale) or better is required for degree candidacy
  • Grades of B- or better in all PAD courses
  • Grades of B or better in all SOC courses

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organizational Management and Behavior 
  • Economics and Public Finance
  • The Policy Process and Democracy
  • Ethics and Leadership
  • Research Methods
  • Sociology of Media and Popular Culture (Content Analysis)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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53 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Graduate School Application, which includes a written statement indicating educational and career goals
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
  • Written statement
  • Two recommendations by qualified references that establish the applicant's personal qualifications for graduate work. Recommendations may be from professors, employers, and/or others who are acquainted with the prospective student's professional and/or academic work.
  • Current resume

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7732 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    15464 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7732 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • In-State

    7748 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3874 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Colorado Springs

950 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

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