Dual Degree Programs

Customize your educational experience to fit your career goals through one of our dual degree programs and earn two master’s degrees in less time than it would take to complete the degree programs separately.


Combining Maxwell's professional degrees in a powerful two-year program

The MPA/MAIR Program allows students to fulfill the requirements of both a master’s degree in Public Administration and in International Relations with the completion of 58 credits in a two-year period. Students may apply directly to the joint program or add the second degree once admitted.

Maxwell’s MPA program delivers excellent preparation for the challenges of serving the public good across national and international government, nonprofit, and private sectors and provides a rich context for the professional study of public policy analysis. Completing an MAIR along with an MPA provides public administration students with the international experience needed for global management and policy careers.

The interaction between the spheres of international relations and public administration makes the joint MPA/MAIR option an invaluable experience for students seeking a career that values the combination of international expertise and public management skills. The joint program offers excellent preparation for professions in government, global consulting firms, NGOs, and international organizations.

Highly selective, around 20 joint MPA/MAIR students begin each year. The joint program allows students to participate in two semesters away from campus (summer and fall of their second year) if they desire.

Participation in a professional internship is a required part of your MAIR program. At least one IR Career Track course must be an internship relevant to your program of study.

There are several ways to structure your joint degree program. Your particular plan will vary based on your curricular interests and desire to study abroad or off-campus.

View the MPA/IR Curriculum.

Visit the Admissions section for application requirements and deadlines, cost to attend, and financial aid.


Students complete the MPA/JD joint degree program in just three years of study — the same time required of a JD alone — and are prepared for successful careers in either field. Many will move across sectors over the course of their careers utilizing both the legal analysis and public sector policy skills on a variety of law and policy issues including: environmental law, health care law, national security, tax policy and finance, immigration law and policy, etc.

Through the JD/MPA dual degree program, Sven-Erik acquired the skills to analyze and assess policy issues and the expertise to separate out legal rules and provisions, providing him with tools perfectly adapted to his work at the EPA.

Sven-Erik Kaiser

~ Sven-Erik Kaiser ’86 JD/MPA

Congressional Liaison, U.S. EPA

Students must gain admission to both PAIA and SU's College of Law and complete the entire first year of their JD prior to matriculation into the PAIA degree. Alternatively, the PAIA accepts applications from first-year SU College of Law students.

Each fall, SU’s College of Law hosts a joint degree fair so students can learn more about joint degree options. Students should contact the Student Affairs Office at SU College of Law for more information on this event and pursuing a joint degree.

Visit the School of Law website for more information about the JD degree.

Visit the Admissions section for application requirements and deadlines, cost to attend, and financial aid