Master in Public Policy (MPP)/Marine Science (Master of Arts or Master of Science) Dual Degree Program

The JU Public Policy Institute (JU PPI), in cooperation with the Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI), offers an MPP-MA/MS in MSC dual degree program. In this program, students receive both an MPP degree and MA or MS degree in Marine Science in a year less than if the degrees were pursued separately.

The JU MPP-Marine Science dual degree program is a three year program with year one in either the JU MPP program or JU Marine Science program. In year one, students will take first year MPP courses or first year Marine Science courses. In year two, courses will be taken in the other program. Year three will have mixed policy and marine science courses. If pursued separately, the two degrees would take four years to complete.

The dual degree program coursework consists of 63 total credit hours. The MPP program consists of 39 credit hours, including an internship (two credit MPP internship requirement can be met through an MPP internship, qualifying clerkship, or qualifying work or professional experience; it must be completed prior to the third year) and a Capstone Project. The MPP program will recognize nine transfer credits from the Marine Science Program, for a total of 48 MPP credits.

The Marine Science program consists of 24 credit hours. The Marine Science program will recognize six transfer credits from the MPP Program, including three credits from PPOL LAWE, a policy or environmental course at the Florida Coastal School of Law, for a total of 30 Marine Science credits.


Students undertaking the JU MPP program in year one will have the following course of study;

First Year: 24 MPP credits:


Code​ Course Credit​
PPOL 501​ Microeconomics for Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 502 Public Finance​ 3​
​PPOL 511 Public Institutions, Process and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 512 Ethics and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 513 Law and Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 521 Statistics and Research Methods in Public Policy​ 3​
​PPOL 530/DSIM 530  Analytical Methods for Decision-Making​ 2​
​  or PPOL 531 Quantitative Methods and Analysis​
​PPOL 550/MGT 550 Leading Organizations​ 2​
PPOL 590​ JU PPI Internship (summer internship)​ 2​


Second Year: 18 Marine Science credits

Third Year: 15 MPP credits and 6 Marine Science credits

Fall Semester

Code​ Course Credit​
PPOL 541 Public Policy Analysis 3​
​PPOL 695 Capstone Project: Client Policy Project I 3​
  or PPOL 697​ Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis I​
​PPOL/MGT xxx Choose one (1) management course from the  3​
following cross listed courses: PPOL 610/MGT 610,​
PPOL 611/MGT 620 or PPOL 612/MGT 630​
​MSC xxx MSC Elective course (transferable for MPP credit) 3​
  or PPOL LAWE ​ Law School Policy or Environmental course (taken at​
FCSL in fall or spring semester; transferable for Marine ​
Science credit)​

Spring Semester


Code​ Course Credit​
​PPOL 696 Capstone Project: Client Policy Project II 3​
  or PPOL 698​ Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis II​
PPOL LAWE ​ Law School Policy or Environmental course (taken at​ ​3
FCSL in fall or spring semester; transferable for Marine ​
Science credit)​
​MSC xxx Six to nine credit hours of Marine Science Elective ​ ​6-9
courses (transferable for MPP credit)​




JU MPP Program: 39 MPP credits and 9 transfer credits from the Marine Science curriculum. Transferable elective credits include MSC 501: Advanced Marine Ecology, MSC 520: Estuarine and Coastal Ecology, MSC 610: Ocean and Coastal Environmental Law, MSC 640: Ecology of the St. Johns River, and MSC 680: Contemporary Issues in Marine Science.
Total of 48 MPP credits.

JU Marine Science Program: 24 credits MSC credits and 6 transfer credits from the MPP curriculum. Transfer credits include PPL LAWE - Law School policy or environmental course and POL 512: Ethics and Public Policy.
Total of 30 Marine Science credits.