Dual Degree: Master of Public Policy & Administration and Master of Education in Higher Education

The MPPA/M.Ed. dual degree program is designed for students interested in a range of policy issues that affect higher and postsecondary education, such as state governance and coordination, financial aid funding, and affirmative action in admissions and hiring. Graduates will be ready for research, policy analysis and management positions in federal and state governmental agencies, consulting organizations, education research groups and nonprofit organizations working on education issues.

Students enrolled in dual degree programs may begin their studies in either program. It is best to complete a full year in one program before beginning the second program. During the second year students will fulfill the core requirements of the other program. Students will fulfill the remaining requirements of both programs in the third year of study.

Sample Program Timetable

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Year 1M.Ed. CurriculumM.Ed. Curriculum
SummerM.Ed. Practicum
Year 2MPPA CurriculumMPPA Curriculum
SummerMPPA Summer Internship (10 weeks full time)
Year 3MPPA CurriculumMPPA Capstone and M.Ed. Curriculum

To Apply

While applicants must meet both the School of Education’s and CPPA’s own admission standards, students only need to submit one application to the Graduate Admissions Office. Click here for more information about CPPA’s admissions requirements.

January 15: Applications must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office to receive priority consideration for graduate assistantship funding from CPPA.


For more information about the MPPA/M.Ed. dual degree program, contact Satu Zoller, CPPA associate director.

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