Our dual degree program is for advanced Urban Studies majors who want to continue their education and earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration. The graduate degree prepares students for professional careers in government and public service or for further study in law or doctoral programs. It also provides the training and credentials necessary for career advancement in the public sector. Since students in the dual degree program begin the transition to graduate studies in their final undergraduate year, only highly motivated individuals with strong academic backgrounds should consider this option.

Ordinarily, earning a BA and an MPA at Rutgers-Camden requires six years and 162 credits (120 undergraduate and 42 graduate credits) of full-time study. Under our accelerated program, the same result can be achieved in five years with 150 credits by counting four courses for the MPA as well as for the BA


  • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00;
  • an Urban Studies grade point average of 3.00 or better;
  • qualified students are exempt from taking the Graduate Record Exam for formal admission to the MPA program.


  • Students apply for admission during the second semester of their junior year
  • Submit three copies of the form, a personal statement of no more than 300 words explaining your interest in pursuing a MPA, and accompanying documents – a transcript and resume – to the director of Urban Studies for approval signature.
  • The director of Urban Studies will review and submit your application to the graduate director of the MPA program.

Program Acceptance

  • Acceptance into the BA/MPA program is determined after an evaluation of the application by the MPA Director.
  • Students will receive a letter from the chair notifying them of their acceptance into the program.

Senior Year

MPA coursework during senior year of Urban Studies bachelor degree

  • Students may take four of the common core of knowledge MPA courses (12 credits) during their senior year.
  • Summer registration is by permission only.  Core curriculum classes must be taken on campus during the academic year.
  • These 12 hours of graduate credit are “double” counted towards both their Urban Studies elective requirements AND their MPA requirements.
  • Students must complete and file a G-Prefix form to receive approval before enrollment in a Graduate level course
  • Students who do not maintain a 3.00 GPA during their senior year may have their admission to the MPA program revoked.

Transitioning into the MPA

Formal admission to the MPA program and the Rutgers-Camden Graduate School:

  • During the second semester of the senior year, the student submits a regular application for admission to the Graduate School at Rutgers-Camden. This includes:
    • Paying all application fees to the graduate school, and
    • Submitting a letter explaining interest in the MPA program.
    • The student also includes an updated resume and transcript, and
    • Completes and files all Graduate School application forms.
    • A duplicate copy of the Graduate School application is also submitted to the departmental administrator for the MPA program. 
  • Dual Degree program application information for the Rutgers-Camden Graduate School are available at here.