MA / MPA
WEST MA in conjunction with a SPEA Master's of Public Administration
West European Studies (WEST) offers a joint Master's degree with the highly-ranked School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) for students interested in pursuing employment in the public or nonprofit sector. The joint degree is a three-year program that awards an MA and MPA degree. Students can finish this joint program in 60 credit hours rather than the 78 credit hours necessary to earn the two degrees separately.
Why get an MA/MPA?
WEST is one of just a few programs in the country that offers a Master's degree in West European Studies. While SPEA courses focus on management, analytical skills, and professional development, the MA program gives students the opportunity to study languages, cultures, politics, history, and economics, gaining in-depth knowledge of a particular country or region. Cross-cultural knowledge can be beneficial for those who enter the public service and invaluable to those pursuing international careers. SPEA also offers several graduate-level study abroad programs in West European countries.
Master's degree requirements are outlined in the Graduate School bulletin.
West European Studies Requirements:
Students take 24 credits in West European Studies under the course requirements for the MA (under the MA/MPA regulations), including:
- W301 Modern European Politics and Society (3 credits)
- W401 Modern European Intellectual History (3 credits)
- W501 Economics of European Integration (3 credits)
- 1 W605 Elective Course in the humanities (3 credits)
- 1 W605 Elective Course in the social sciences (3 credits)
- 1 general elective (3 credits)
- 3-6 thesis credits
Master of Public Affairs Requirements:
Students are required to complete 36 credit hours comprised of the MPA core and a specialized concentration:
- MPA Core (18 credits):
- V502 Public Management (3 credits)
- V506 Statistical Analysis for Policy and Management (3 credits)
- V517 Public Management Economics (3 credits)
- V540 Law and Public Affairs (3 credits)
- V560 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits)
- V600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 credits)
- Specialized Concentration (18 credits):
- Students are required to develop a specialized concentration comprised of courses approved by a SPEA faculty adviser.
Students should consult the School of Public and Environmental Affairs for details regarding the MPA requirements for this joint degree.
In-depth knowledge of one West European language.
To be eligible for the joint MA/MPA program, students must apply to the two master's programs separately. A student must submit an application to and be accepted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) for study toward the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and by West European Studies (WEST) in the Graduate School for study toward the Master of Arts degree.
The student must select a thesis advisory committee of at least three faculty members representing both WEST and SPEA. West European Studies adheres to thesis format and printing requirements set by the University Graduate School. Master's theses range in length from 50 to 75 pages, not to exceed 100 pages.
Students are ultimately responsible for verifying that they have indeed fulfilled all degree requirements. Candidates are advised to regularly meet with the Director to verify course schedules before registering and to confirm that all the necessary signatures and documents are on file.