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Energy and Earth Resources and MPAff

Dual Degrees in Energy and Earth Resources and Public Affairs

The MPAff dual degree option with the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Energy and Earth Resources 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.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn both degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. Degrees are awarded when the required coursework in both areas is completed.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of work in Public Affairs, which includes 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:

Public Affairs 

  • 21 hours of required public affairs core courses
  • 6 hours Policy Research Project
  • 9 hours public affairs electives
  • Internship in a field related to the dual degree program

Energy and Earth Resources 

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