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Three-Year Dual MHA/MPA

Program Description

A dual MHA/MPA degree option is available for students in the Sloan Program in Health Administration (Sloan) and the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA). This option enables students to complete both degrees in three years while eliminating duplicative course work. The goal of this dual degree program is to enable students to combine training in public administration with training in the tools of management and their applications to health administration, the organization of the health care sector, health policy, and public health.  

CIPA provides young professionals with a set of generic public management and analytical skills, as well as broader understanding of the politics of public policy in both domestic and international contexts. Sloan trains early careerists to apply management and organizational expertise to the advancement of healthcare delivery and the health and wellbeing of people, families, and communities.  Graduates work for hospitals and health systems, management consulting firms, insurance and pharmaceutical companies and a range of other organizations involved in health and healthcare.  The dual MHA/MPA program will allow students with career objectives in the healthcare sector focused on health policy to obtain the generic and specialized training required to succeed as healthcare managers and analysts offering leadership in policy oriented positions both domestically and abroad.

Degree Requirements

The Cornell MHA/MPA program is a three-year, 90-credit dual program with 45 credits counting toward the MPA and 45 credits counting toward the MHA where selected core and elective courses will be double counted as appropriate to fulfill respective program requirements. Students spend their first year at CIPA. They then begin taking courses in the Sloan Program in their second year while also continuing to take some CIPA courses.  A CIPA internship occurs between their first and second year. A Sloan internship occurs between their second and third year. During their second year, students complete the CIPA Capstone Course and in their third year, students complete all elective requirements and the Sloan Capstone Course.  During their second and third year, all students are required each semester to attend the Sloan Colloquium series, which brings leading industry practitioners to campus, and participate in related fieldtrips. Approval by the Sloan Program is required for all courses counting towards Sloan elective credits. Approval by CIPA is required for all courses counting towards CIPA elective credits. Students are assigned advisors in both schools at the time of matriculation who continue to advise them throughout their time in the program.

Admission Requirements

Students in the dual MHA/MPA program must be separately admitted to both the Sloan MHA Program and the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA) MPA Program. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other.  The application process is highly selective and no more than 3 highly qualified students will be admitted to the dual program each year. Due to the intensive, specialized nature of this program, a minimum of 1-2 years of prior, relevant experience will be expected of all applicants to this program.  Competitive applicants will score in the 80th percentile on the GRE and have a GPA of 3.50 or greater.  Students of color are highly encouraged to apply.  Students who are interested in applying to the dual MHA/MPA program should contact Judy Metzgar, CIPA Admissions Coordinator, at jlm25@cornell.edu to discuss eligibility.

Applying to the Dual MHA/MBA