Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Five-Year Dual Degrees with Master of Public Policy (MPP)

SES and the Graduate School: MPP Dual Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy/Master of Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies/Master of Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science/Master of Public Policy

Energy, agriculture, conservation, ecological restoration, climate change adaptation, transportation, water conservation, brownfield redevelopment, stormwater management, open space planning—these are some of the complex challenges facing society that occur at the interface of environmental science and public policy. The need for individuals with literacy and skills relevant to both environmental science and public policy has never been greater. The SES dual degree programs with the Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepare graduates to meet these challenges effectively in careers in government, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

These dual degree programs begin with a broad, interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum drawing on courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and business. Undergraduate service-learning, internships, research, and study abroad provide students with rich, experiential learning opportunities. Students then develop more in-depth understanding of policy issues and the professional skills necessary to influence policy outcomes as part of their graduate studies.

Students accepted into the Five-Year BS/MPP Dual Degree Program can complete requirements for a BA or BS degree in four years and a MPP degree in a fifth year. Students accepted into this program may complete coursework in five years because they will take two 300-level SES courses and two 400-level MPP courses during their senior year (12 credits) that will count toward both their BA/BS and the MPP degree. Taken in the senior year, two relevant 300-level SES courses count as graduate electives and two 400-level MPP courses count as general electives toward the student’s 120 credit hours for the BA or BS degree.

The MPP degree requires 37 credit hours of coursework—12 three-credit courses, which includes a three-credit internship or capstone experience, plus a one-credit Professional Development class. This is a professional degree program; it does not require a thesis but rather an internship or capstone experience, which allows students to apply the skills developed in the program and gain work-related experience.


Download the BA- and BS-MPP Program Flyer.

For more information contact:

Tania Schusler, PhD
Advanced Lecturer
Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Phone: 773.508.2945

Annette Steinacker, PhD
Director, Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program
Phone: 773.508.8639