The MPP degree is a valuable complement to a degree in a professional or academic field. An MPP can give you the analytical and policy skills you need while you complete graduate study in an area you are passionate about, such as environmental science or entrepreneurship
The total time involved for a dual degree is longer than completing a single degree program. However, dual degrees often cost less time and money than completing two separate master's degree programs.
Dual degree students complete MPP first-year courses and the summer internship, and then register for courses in Law, Business, Environment, Divinity or Medicine during their second year at Duke. During the final year of study in the dual-degree programs, students will complete coursework, including a Master’s Project under the close supervision of a public policy faculty member.
Due to the curriculum structure for dual-degree students, we do not offer a dual-degree option with Ph.D. or programs other than those listed above.
Dual-degree programs work well for highly motivated students who can take advantage of the strengths of both programs. Pursuing a dual degree requires a strong commitment to completing two programs, each with its own requirements. The total time involved is longer than completing a single degree program. However, dual degrees often cost less in time and money than completing two separate master's degree programs.
Typical Dual Degree Course Sequence
Dual MPP degree options require 39 credit hours. The typical first-year course sequence for a dual-degree student consists of the following requirements:
MPP FALL SEMESTER #1
- Policy Analysis I
- Statistics & Data Analysis
- Microeconomics I
- Politics of the Policy Process or Globalization & Governance
MPP SPRING SEMESTER #1
- Policy Analysis II
- Microeconomics II
- Quantitative Evaluation Methods
- One or two electives
An internship is required in the summer after completing the first MPP year. Our Career Services staff supports students to find an internship that matches their interests and that allows them to apply their newly learned skills.
After completing the first year and the summer internship, students register primarily for courses through the Law, Business, Environment, or Medical School. During the final year of study in their dual-degree programs, students register with the Sanford School for three or four courses, two of which focus on the development, research, and writing of the Master’s Project under the close supervision of a public policy faculty member.
MPP FALL SEMESTER #2
- Master's Project I (3 credits)
- 1 public policy elective (3 credits)
MPP SPRING SEMESTER #2
(3 OR 6 CREDITS, DEPENDING ON FIRST-YEAR LOAD)
- Master's Project II (3 credits)
- 1 public policy elective (3 credits; if not taken in spring of the first MPP year)
Separate applications are required for dual degree programs.
Planning to pursue a dual degree with another institution? Check their requirements and procedures. Students must use separate evaluation forms and recommendations for each application as well as transcripts and test scores. (You may use the same recommendation for both applications, but the forms must be submitted independently.)
"At Sanford, you develop the skills to address the policy issues that will have the greatest impact. This experience broadened my potential as a policy analyst and allowed me to get more out of my degree."
Matt Jentgen MPP/MEM ’12, Energy Industry Analyst, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission