Joint Degrees

The Department of Government's MPA program offers three joint degrees that allow graduate students to refine and enhance their studies and career aims. These three programs are:



The Master of Public Administration/Master of Public Health Joint Degree Program

UAB's Public Health Building. In an increasingly complex healthcare policy environment, a need exists for trained professionals competent in both general public management and in healthcare policy. The MPA/MPH degree offers students a chance to earn two masters degrees in the fields of public administration and public health.


Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 60-64 semester hours for the coordinated degree (includes 3-6 hours of internship). Core requirements of 21 hours from the MPA program and 16-17 hours from the MPH program are required. Students can specialize in the Health Care Policy/Health Care Management track. Full-time students should be able to complete all degree requirements within three years.


Program Admission

Students must apply and be admitted to the MPA and MPH programs separately. The requirements for each degree must be met and close communication with both programs is required. Depending on prior experience, a field placement may be required.


Further Information

For more information read the UAB School of Public Health detailed program description or e-mail the MPA program director.


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The Master of Public Administration/JD Joint Degree Program

Logo of Cumberland Law School. A complex interrelationship exists between the legal system, public policy analysis, and public management. Recognizing this, the Department of Government's MPA program has partnered with the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University to offer a coordinated MPA/JD program. It is particularly applicable to those pursuing careers in government and/or public interest law.


Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 105 semester hours for the coordinated degree: 27 hours (9 classes) from the MPA program and 78 hours (approximately 26 classes) from the JD program.


Program Admission

Students must apply and be admitted to the MPA and JD programs separately. The requirements for each degree must be met and close communication with both programs is required. Depending on prior experience, a field placement may be required.


Further Information

For more information contact the MPA program director at UAB; Henry C. Strickland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Cumberland School of Law; or Pamela J. Nelson, Director of Student Services at the Cumberland School of Law.


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The Master of Public Administration/Master of Criminal Justice Joint Degree Program

Image of building houses UAB's Criminal Justice program. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) programs at UAB offers one of the most unique sets of curriculum for the preparation of public service professionals today. Currently there is a large need for criminal justice personnel who not only are well-versed in the latest theories and practice of criminal justice, but also possess a complimentary set of professional administrative and management skills, such public policy, human resource management and program evaluation. The joint MPA/MSCJ degree program is designed to meet this need through a relevant and rigorous curriculum in criminal justice and public administration.

With an impending wave of retirements occurring in the private and public sectors, a number of middle and upper management positions will become vacant in the coming years. The MPA/MSCJ degree provides both a solid foundation in criminal justice and the skills needed to become an effective supervisor or manager in law enforcement and other justice-related professions. This degree will provide a path for such students, providing them with the skills and credentials to move into management positions within their organizations.


Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 60 semester hours for the coordinated degree (includes 3 hours of internship). Full-time students should be able to complete all degree requirements within three years.


Program Admission

Students must apply and be admitted to the MPA and MSCJ programs separately. The requirements for each degree must be met and close communication with both programs is required.


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Further Information

For more information please contact the MPA program director.