Social and Economic Development Policy (B.S.)/Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

This accelerated master's degree program will hone your knowledge of globalization while also teaching you the practical skills necessary to be a leader in government, nonprofits, or international organizations.

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The Bachelor of Science in Social and Economic Development Policy will equip you with the knowledge you need to work on the front lines of public policy development, opening doors to careers that are actively engaged with the social, economic, and environmental policy issues that are as fundamental today as they will be decades into the future. You will also focus on the role technology plays in alleviating poverty, as well as how technology shapes economic competitiveness.

Moving into your coursework in the Master of Public Administration program, you'll build the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective public or nonprofit manager. This program combines academic rigor with a practical orientation toward management and policy analysis. The M.P.A. program prepares students to be leaders in public, private, or nonprofit sector careers and cultivates professional growth opportunities in a variety of fields.

Program Overview

Develop your understanding of globalization while also gaining the tools to succeed in government, nonprofits, international organizations, and more. You'll explore social, economic, and environmental policy issues and hone skills tied to management, finance, human resources, and policy analysis.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Social and Economic Development Policy/Master of Public Administration accelerated master's program will be strong candidates for a variety of occupations, including jobs in the following fields:

  • Local, state, or federal government
  • Nonprofits
  • International organizations
  • Higher education administration
  • Consulting

Social and economic development policy majors can complete this combined B.S. and M.P.A. program in five years. Any time after the fourth semester, students may request admission to the Master of Public Administration program offered by Illinois Tech’s Stuart School of Business. Students who are granted provisional admission may then take one M.P.A. course per semester that is counted toward both their B.S. and M.P.A. programs. Final admission to the M.P.A. program is made during the eighth semester. The B.S. degree is awarded at the end of the eighth semester, and the M.P.A. degree is completed during the fifth year.

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Students interested in this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech.

Featured Faculty

Matthew Shapiro
Associate Professor of Political Science
Lindsay Sheehan
Associate Chair, Department of Social Sciences Industry Associate Professor of Political Science
Jonathan Rosenberg
Professor of Political Science
Daniel Bliss
Associate Professor of Political Science
Roland Calia
Associate Dean Director, Master of Public Administration Director, M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability Industry Associate Professor of Public Administration
Joanne Howard
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Bruc Gockerman
Industry Assistant Professor of Public Administration

"Being able to attend Illinois Tech was definitely a huge blessing to me. I was exposed to more caring professors, smaller classes that allow the student/professor interaction to increase, as well as just being able to network with people who view the same urgency and [have the same] passion that I have about civic engagement. I hope to continue working with civic engagement, community development, nonprofits, or the public sector to improve the city I love and the people that live in it."

Allan Huang (CECD ’18, PA ’19)

Allan Huang