Combined Degree Program in Sociology and Public Administration (BA/MPA or BS/MPA)

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Sociology majors aspiring to roles in the public or non-profit sectors that require a graduate degree should consider applying to this combined degree program. Students in the program take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in public administration in their last two undergraduate semesters, all at the undergraduate tuition rate. These credits may apply to undergraduate and graduate degree requirements simultaneously. Upon completing all undergraduate degree requirements and graduating in good academic standing in the combined degree program, students matriculate directly into the master of public administration program as a graduate student.

Admission to the Program

Admission to this highly selective combined degree program is restricted to Brockport sociology students who have completed at least 54 undergraduate credits and earned a cumulative Brockport GPA of at least 3.0

Qualified students interested in this combined degree program should speak with their undergraduate faculty advisor or the chair of the sociology department before submitting the online application.

Applications include:

  • general personal information
  • statement of purpose
  • at least one letter of recommendation from a Brockport sociology professor

Program Requirements

Taking Graduate Classes as a Combined Degree Student

Once admitted to this combined degree program, undergraduate students can take up to 12 graduate credits of coursework in public administration at the undergraduate tuition rate.  Up to 6 of these credits, by advisement, can fulfill upper-division elective requirements for their sociology major, while the remaining 6 credits can fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. These 12 credits can fulfill requirements for their master of public administration degree once they matriculate into that program.

When combined degree students have fulfilled all requirements for their sociology major and their undergraduate degree, they may no longer take graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rate. Furthermore, no more than 12 graduate credits taken as undergraduates at Brockport can transfer into their graduate degree program and fulfill its course requirements.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing in the Program

Combined degree students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing in the program.

Students who are dismissed or choose to dematriculate from the combined degree program, can complete outstanding requirements for the undergraduate major and degree. If such a student subsequently applies for the graduate program, those credits may be transferred to fulfill graduate degree requirements.

Matriculation into the Graduate Program

When undergraduate students in good academic standing in this combined degree program graduate from Brockport, they are eligible to automatically matriculate into the master of public administration program.  All Brockport graduate academic policies will then apply to them.