Public Administration/Political Science

Saint Louis University’s College of Arts and Sciences offers a program that allows graduate students to pursue master’s degrees in public administration and political science concurrently.

About the Program

SLU’s dual-degree program in public administration and political science unites an American and urban focus of public policy analysis with the broad international concerns of political science.

You will better understand the global context of local politics and problems. You’ll learn management principles and techniques; research and evaluation skills; and how to analyze individual and institutional values related to social, economic and political behavior.

Graduates from this program earn both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in political science.

Curriculum and Program Details

A total of 51 hours of coursework required for SLU’s M.P.A./M.A. in political science dual degree. A sample of courses include:

  • Advanced Topics in Research Methods
  • Administrative Law
  • Issues in Public Administration
  • Introduction to Public Sector Budgeting
  • Economics of the Public Sector
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • J. D. Bowen, Ph.D.

A dual-degree in public administration and political science will prepare you for work in governmental affairs, national or international business, nonprofit organizations and NGOs. Graduates can also seek positions in the fields of business, commerce, health and human services, or criminal justice.

Admission Process

You must be admitted into the College of Arts and Sciences as a graduate student and meet the requirements for both the public administration and political science programs to pursue this dual degree program.

While both degrees are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, you must apply for and be accepted into both programs, which will require two separate graduate school applications.

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Admission Deadlines

Applications to the political science program are due by May 1. Applications to the public administration program are reviewed on a rolling basis.