The MGPS dual degree option with the UT School of Information combines advanced studies of government, non-profit agencies and global policy with a focus on knowledge and practice needed to make meaningful contributions in information organizations such as government agencies, libraries, archives, schools, museums and beyond. There is an increased need in both the public and private sectors for specialists with that combination of backgrounds, particularly with regard to advanced digital, networked information and communication technologies.
The program is structured so that students can earn the degrees simultaneously in approximately three academic years. The two degrees are awarded when the required course work in both areas including the professional report is completed.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 31 hours at the School of Information and 37 semester hours of work in Global Policy Studies, including a summer internship, and demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Thus the dual degree requires a total of 68 credit hours, a reduction of 9 hours from the 40 required independently for the Master of Information Studies and 9 from the 49 required independently for the MPAff.