College of Arts & Sciences

Dual Degree Program
The departments of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work and Political Science and Public Affairs of Seton Hall University offer a dual degree program with the Department of Public and Healthcare Administration that leads to two degrees completed in a five-year span: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science or Sociology and a Master of Public Administration degree.

The program has a two-fold purpose: to provide a broadbased undergraduate education with a comprehensive grasp of one’s major in either Sociology or Political Science; and to permit students to earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree within the timeframe of five years.

Students may apply for admission to the joint degree program when first making application to the University or after they begin their studies. Students who are accepted into the University and declare Sociology or Political Science as their majors also may be provisionally accepted for work toward the MPA degree. Final acceptance into the MPA degree program, however, will only occur upon successful completion of no fewer than 89 credits of the undergraduate degree program with a grade point average of no less than 3.2 and the successful completion of the MPA application process.

In applying to the MPA degree program, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the student must follow the regular application procedures for admission to the MPA program, except that he/she must:

  • achieve a cumulative GPA that is 3.2 or above by the end of his/ her third year;
  •  have transferred no more than 18 credits to the University; and
  • submit three letters of recommendation from his/her undergraduate instructors, two of which must be from full-time political science or sociology faculty.

Full matriculation in the MPA degree program is completed only upon the recommendation of the Admissions Committee of the MPA program.

Students accepted into this program follow the academic program prescribed by their majors in consultation with their advisers (including the core requirements in Arts and Sciences and the requirements of their majors) during the first three years. If accepted into this program, students may take a maximum of four MPA courses (12 credits) during their senior years, which count toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

For further information, contact the departments of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, Political Science and Public Affairs.

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