Combined BA in Human Services and Social Justice/MPA

The Human Services and Social Justice Program (HSSJ) and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) jointly offer a combined Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Social Justice/Master of Public Administration degree. The BA/MPA program allows students to complete 12 credits as part of the undergraduate program, thereby completing the master’s degree within five and a half years. 

Undergraduate HSSJ majors should apply for the MPA during their junior year, once they have completed 75 credit hours. BA students taking public policy and public administration (PPPA) graduate courses must work with a TSPPPA advisor in addition to their HSSJ advisor.

Application Requirements

Applicants to the combined degree program should submit the following materials to Lindsey Duble-Dice, Trachtenberg School Director of Admissions. It is preferred that all materials be submitted as a single PDF document, with the exception of letters of recommendation, which should be sent to Lindsey directly by the recommender. 

  • CCAS Combined Degree Application Form, including required signatures. 
    • An email from your director of undergraduate studies indicating support for your application may be accepted in lieu of a physical signature. 
  • Copy of your Unofficial Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a current GW Professor
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose
    • 250-500 words, indicating your purpose in undertaking graduate study, academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. 


Applications for Fall start are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of June 1. Spring start applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis. 


Trachtenberg School Director of Admissions: Lindsey Duble-Dice, [email protected] 

Director of Graduate Studies: Anil Nathan, [email protected]