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Engineering and MPAff

Engineering and Public Affairs Dual Degree Program

The MPAff dual degree option with the Cockrell School of Engineering is designed to prepare qualified engineering and public affairs students for careers at any level of government and in public policy related areas of the engineering profession. Alumni currently hold positions in the offices of local, state and national government agencies, engineering consulting firms, universities and industries.

Program Structure

The program is structured so that students can earn the MPAff and the Master of Science simultaneously. In general, a minimum of two full years is required to complete this program.

  • Year 1: Full academic year in the LBJ School, followed by a required summer internship with a governmental agency or other organization with a substantial public policy interest
  • Year 2: Full academic year in the School of Engineering, followed by thesis research in the summer after the academic year
  • Year 3: Remaining LBJ School courses (if needed) and completion of a master’s thesis in Engineering

Degree Requirements

Students must complete at least 36 LBJ School credit hours and 30 credit hours in one of the majors in Engineering, including all the core courses in each school, plus a 3-hour professional report or 6-hour thesis, depending on the requirements of the particular engineering degree. Students should obtain information regarding the unique degree requirements for each engineering major.