Cover

Joint MPP/Marine Science Degree Master in Public Policy + Master of Arts in Marine Science

The JU MPP-Marine Science dual degree program is a 3-year program for students who recognize the importance of combining scientific skills and public policy know-how to the future of marine science and environmental policy.

In year one, students will take first year MPP courses or first year Marine Science. In year two, courses will be taken in the other program. Year 3 will have mixed policy and marine science courses. If pursued separately, the two degrees would take 4 years.

Apply Now Request Information Download the Student Handbook

Admissions

Graduating seniors and mid-career applicants:

Applicants seeking admission to the JU MPP/Marine Science (MA or MS in MSC) dual degree program must be admitted to both the JU MPP program and meet its admission requirements and the JU MSC program and meet its admission requirements.

Current Jacksonville University MA-MSC or MS-MSC students:

All current MA-MSC or MS-MSC students who wish to pursue the dual MPP/MA-MS/MSC program must apply to and be admitted to the MPP program through thePublic Policy Institute at Jacksonville University in addition to being accepted into the MA-MS/MSC program through the College of Arts and Sciences. See Graduate Admission Requirements for the MPP program.

Current Jacksonville University MPP students:

All current MPP students who wish to pursue the dual MPP/MA-MS/MSC program must apply to and be admitted to the MA-MS/MSC program through the College of Arts and Sciences in addition to being accepted into Jacksonville University's MPP program through the Public Policy Institute. See Admission Requirements for the MA-MS/MSC program.

Veterans' Applications

Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the MPP or MPP dual degree programs. The MPP Program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.

Curriculum

The dual degree program coursework consists of 63 total credit hours. The MPP program consists of 39 credit hours, including an internship (2 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 9 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 6 transfer credits from the MPP Program, including 3 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 likely have the following course of study:

First Year (24 MPP Credits)

  • PPOL 501 - Microeconomic for Public Policy (3)
  • PPOL 511 - Political Institutions, Processes and Public Policy (3)
  • PPOL 512 - Ethics and Public Policy (3)
  • PPOL 521 - Statistics and Research Methods in Public Policy (3)
  • PPOL 502 – Public Finance (3)
  • PPOL 513 - Law and Public Policy (3)
  • PPOL 530/DSIM 530 - Analytical Methods of Decision-Making (2) or PPOL 531 – Quantitative Method and Analysis (2) (prerequisite: PPOL 521)
  • PPOL 550/MGT 550- Leading Organizations (2)
  • PPOL 590 – JU PPI Internship (2) (summer Internship)

Second Year (18 Marine Science Credits)

Third Year (15 MPP Credits + 6 Marine Science Credits)

Likely Fall semester course of study:

  • PPOL 541 – Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • PPOL Management Course (3) : PPOL 610/MGT 610, PPOL 611/MGT 620 or PPOL 612/MGT 630  ​
  • PPOL 695 – Capstone Project: Client Policy Project I or PPOL 697 – Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis I (3)
  • MSC elective course, other Marine Science course or PPOL LAWE – Law school Policy or Environmental course (3) (prerequisite: PPOL 512) (to be taken in fall or spring semester)

Likely Spring semester course of study:

  • PPOL 696 – Capstone Project: Client Policy Project II (3) or PPOL 698 – Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis II (3)
  • PPOL LAWE– Law School Policy or Environmental course (3) (prerequisite: PPOL 512) (to be taken in fall or spring semester; transferable for Marine Science credit)
  • Marine Science elective courses (6 to 9 credit hours)