Dual Master's Degree Programs

Choosing a dual master’s degree program allows you to complete a Humphrey School degree and another University of Minnesota graduate or professional degree in less time (typically one year less) than it would take to complete the two degrees separately. You must apply for admission separately to both the Humphrey School and to the other school within the University. If applying for the MLA, MSCE, MS in HSRPA, or MSW, you also submit an application to the Graduate School.

Dual Degree Offerings

MPP with MBA

Master of Public Policy (MPP) with Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Carlson School of Management

You may begin in either the MPP or MBA program, then enroll in the opposite program in year two, year three is made up of one semester in each program. With our MPP MBA dual master’s degree program, it is possible to finish both degrees in three years.

Degree Requirements: MPP
Forty-five (45) credits are required to complete the MPP degree. MPP students will be allowed to apply 12 credits of MBA coursework toward the MPP. Students must complete all core courses (23 credits), nine credits in an area of concentration, an internship of 400 hours or more, and a professional (non-thesis) paper.

Degree Requirements: MBA
As a dual degree student, you must meet all Carlson School of Management requirements: 64 credits (of which 29 are required courses). MBA students are allowed to apply 12 credits of MPP coursework toward the MBA. Only full-time MBA students can pursue the MPP MBA dual master’s degree.



Contact:
Full-time MBA program

Carlson School of Management

321 Nineteenth Avenue South
, Suite 4-106

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-5555 (Admissions)

ftmba@umn.edu (Admissions)

MPP or MURP with MSW

Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Master of Urban & Regional Planning from the Humphrey School and Master of Social Work (MSW) in the College of Education and Human Development

Degree Requirements: MPP and MURP
You complete required core courses, a professional paper or Plan A thesis, and an internship. MPP students may apply up to 11 MSW credits to concentration or elective requirements (for a total of 21 double-counted credits.). MURP students may apply up to 11 MSW credits to concentration or elective requirements (for a total of 21 double-counted credits.) The second MSW field placement also can fulfill the MPP internship requirement.

Degree Requirements: MSW
Completing the MSW degree requires 50 credits (or 34 credits for students with advanced standing). As MPP-MSW dual degree student, you may apply approximately 11 credits of PA courses to this total. MURP-MSW student, you may apply up to 11 MURP credits. In a 50-credit program, 25 credits are in MSW foundation courses. You may substitute PA 5036 (Regional Economic Analysis) and PA 5037 (Regional Demographic Analysis), 1.5 credits each, for the foundation course SW-8601 (Social Work Research Methods, 3 credits). The number of MPP-MSW double-counted credits recently increased to 21.

Social work dual degree program students usually take an MSW concentration in community practice. This requires five basic courses (13 credits), one three-credit advanced policy course, three credits of electives, and a concentration field placement.

In the 50-credit MSW program, the first field placement must be a direct service placement and the second field placement must be in a management position for MSW students in the human services management concentration. Given pertinent content and responsibilities, the second placement can double as the Humphrey School internship.

Contact:
School of Social Work Admissions Office

University of Minnesota

105 Peters Hall, 1404 Gortner Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55108

612-624-4704

MPP, MS–STEP or MURP with JD

MPP or MS-STEP, or MURP from the Humphrey School and Juris Doctor (JD) from the Law School

Students enrolled in the law school dual degree program may begin their studies in either program. It is best to complete a full year in one program before beginning the second program.

Degree Requirements: MPP, MS-STEP, MURP
You also must complete all required courses for your Humphrey degree, as well as an internship (MPP or MURP degrees) and a professional (non-thesis) paper (MPP, MURP-coursework Only, or MS-STEP - Plan B option). If you are pursuing the MS-STEP - Plan A or MURP-Plan A options, you will write a thesis. A law clerkship that focuses on a planning- or policy-related topic, may count toward the required Humphrey School internship.

Degree Requirements: JD
As a dual degree student, you must meet all Law School requirements: 88 credits (of which 30 are required first-year courses), as well as completion of professional responsibility and writing requirements. The Law School will accept six credits of graduate-level coursework completed outside the Law School. Most law school dual degree program students use public affairs coursework to fulfill these six credits. You may petition the Law School to accept an additional six credits of graduate-level coursework in classes that are substantially law-related.

A total of 17 Law School credits may be applied to the MPP or MURP degree programs and 14.5 (Plan B) or 7.5 (Plan A) to the MS-STEP program as courses in a concentration or specialization and as electives.

The law school dual degree program is part of a larger Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, and the Life Sciences, which involves the Law School, the College of Biological Sciences, and the School of Public Health. Participating students also take a required, one-credit seminar for all students in the law, health, and the life sciences program.

MPP/JD and MURP/JD contact:
School of Law Admissions Office

University of Minnesota

290 Mondale Hall, 229-19th Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-5005

MS-STEP/JDP contact:
Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, and the Life Sciences

N-140 Mondale Hall, 229-19th Ave. S.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-0055

Humphrey School MPP/JD, MURP/JD, MS-STEP/JDP contact:
Humphrey Student Services

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S. Room 280
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-624-3800

MPP or MURP with MPH

Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Health (MPP/MPH) and 
Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Public Health (MURP/MPH)

Complement your Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs (HHH) degree in Public Policy or Urban and Regional Planning with a Master of Public Health. The dual degree provides you with training in planning, public policy, and in the public health sector.

 With approval, you may use up to 12 credits of HHH courses toward the MPH and 12 credits of Public Health courses toward the MPP or MURP programs. This allows you to save time and money while earning both degrees. A large majority of the MPH courses are offered online which allows you the freedom to complete both degrees with flexibility and in a timely fashion. 

For complete information about the MPP/MPH or MURP/MPH dual degree programs, please refer to the School of Public Health.


 
Contact:


MPP & MURP contact:
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
280 HHH
301 19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-624-3800
hhhadmit@umn.edu
 
Master of Public Health contact:


School of Public Health
University of Minnesota

Public Health Practice

Kate Hanson

C391 Mayo
420 Delaware Street S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-626-5665
php@umn.edu

MURP with MSCE

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the Humphrey School and Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) in the Institute of Technology

For the civil engineering dual degree program, you are able to double-count up to 18 credits, thereby reducing the number of total credits to 60 (for MURP-CWO) or 66 (for MURP-Plan A). Students specialize in either Transportation Planning and Engineering or Environmental Planning and Engineering.

Degree Requirements: MURP
The MURP degree requires 48 credits, including up to 12 CE credits for civil engineering dual degree program students. (To be eligible for double-counting, the 12 CE credits must be taken from a list of pre-approved courses.) You complete all required core courses and an internship. MURP Plan-A students write a separate Plan A paper.

Degree Requirements: MSCE
The MSCE degree requires 30 credits, of which 14 must be in your major field and six outside (to be eligible for double-counting, the six outside credits must be taken from a list of pre-approved PA courses). The remaining 10 credits are thesis credits if Plan A (with thesis) or coursework credits if Plan B (non-thesis). You also can focus on environmental planning or transportation planning.

Contact:
Department of Civil Engineering

University of Minnesota

500 Pillsbury Drive, S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-5522

MURP with MLA

Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the Humphrey School and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) in the College of Design

The landscape architecture dual degree program is currently being revised. You can double-count up to 37 credits, thereby reducing the number of total credits to 99. The degree can be finished in three-and-one-half to four years.

Degree Requirements: MURP
The MURP degree requires 48 credits. You complete required core courses, a professional paper or Plan A, and an internship. You may apply up to 18 credits in specified MLA courses toward MURP requirements.

Degree Requirements: MLA
The MLA degree requires 88 credits. You may apply up to 19 credits in specified MURP courses towards MLA requirements or electives and 18 MLA credits towards MURP requirements or electives.

Contact:
Department of Landscape Architecture

University of Minnesota

89 Church Street, S.E.

Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-6860