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Master of Public Affairs Dual Degree Programs - Energy and Earth Resources and Public Affairs

Energy and Earth Resources and Public Affairs

The Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs and the Jackson School of Geosciences of The University of Texas at Austin offer a dual degree program leading to the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.Aff.) degree and the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Energy and Earth Resources. The program combines advanced policy studies with the study of geosciences and natural resources. The dual degree program responds to an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with an advanced understanding of the science, engineering, management and policy aspects of energy, mineral and water resources. The program is structured so that students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of work in Public Affairs, including a summer public service experience, and 30 hours in Energy and Earth Resources, including a 6 hour thesis based on original research. The curriculum includes the following:

Public Affairs

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project (a two-semester course)
  • 9 hours of public affairs relevant electives
  • Public service experience in a field related to the dual degree program

Energy and Earth Resources

  • 24 hours of core (9 hours) and concentration (module) courses (15 hours). Module courses are selected from graduate courses in EER and other departments and schools. Courses must be approved by the EER's graduate advisor
  • 6 hours of thesis credit on a topic

Admissions and Other Information

Students must apply to the Graduate School of the University of Texas for admission to the Dual M.P.Aff. and EER programs. The admission process includes completion of the GRE examination, transcripts, and an admission form. Applicants must submit materials to each School (LBJ and Jackson) and be accepted by each School's admissions committee.

The statement of purpose should (1) indicate the applicant's reasons for applying to the joint program, (2) make specific reference to relevant academic and/or professional experience, (3) describe the applicant's major area of interest in Public Affairs and the relationship of this area to energy, mineral, or water resources and (4) provide some general outline of the applicant's plan of study. The letters of recommendation should be requested from three individuals who can speak authoritatively about the applicant's academic and/or professional qualifications for the dual degree program. The statement of purpose and signed letters of recommendation are sent in parallel to both the LBJ School and the EER program.

Before being considered for admission to the dual degree program, students must first be accepted by both graduate programs. A student may apply to the Dual Degree Program after having been admitted to either the M.P.Aff. or EER program, as long as the student has not yet matriculated from either program.

Students in the Dual Degree Program may, at any time, request a change of major from the Dual Degree Program to either the M.P.Aff. or the EER program. Students who exercise this option may not reenter the Dual Degree Program.

The LBJ School Faculty Coordinator for the Public Affairs/Energy and Earth Resources dual degree program is Professor David J. Eaton.

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