MPA Joint Degree Programs

Joint MPA and Criminal Justice Degree

Students may pursue the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) degrees simultaneously through the joint MPA-MCJ program. Students interested in the joint MPA-MCJ  program must apply separately to the two departments and declare intent to pursue the joint degree program with NMSU Graduate Student Services. The MPA-MCJ program requires completion of a minimum of 57 credits of approved coursework from the two departments. Students interested in this option should contact the Directors of the MPA and MCJ programs for additional information.

Joint MPA and MA in Public History Degree

The Government Department has joined with the Department of History to offer a joint graduate degree for students interested in serving as administrators of public history programs and museums. Students may simultaneously earn both a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Master of Arts in History degree with the Public History specialization. Public History is a discipline where the past is seen, heard, and experienced. The past comes off the printed page and is tangible; it can be experienced and interpreted.

The joint degree requires 57 total credits, while students who pursued both degrees separately would need 75 to 82 credits. Students earning the joint degrees must pass a joint oral examination after passing required courses and completing internship credits in both programs. Students interested in the joint degree program should consult with the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and the Director of the Public History Program.