Concurrent Degree Options

What is a Concurrent Degree?

Concurrent degrees offer a way for a student to earn two degrees at the same time (concurrent).  Formal concurrent degree programs, approved by the Graduate School, identify overlapping courses which may count towards both degrees or will allow one department's course requirement to be waived in lieu of an equivalent course or project in the other.  This expedited course schedule usually makes the concurrent degree option a three year (rather than four year) experience.

Faculty from both programs are involved in curricular decisions, student advising, and directing research projects.  Each program identifies total number of credits necessary to graduate.  Waived classes in either program may require the student to take additional elective requirements to meet minimum credits needed. 

Program students may begin in either the MS, MPH, MPA or MUP program. Individual course sequence is determined in consultation with the Graduate Program Coordinators and faculty advisors from both programs and made explicit in a written plan of study agreed upon by both programs and the student at the beginning of the concurrent program.  While courses for which the student has the appropriate prerequisites may be taken at any time during the three years, in general it is expected that the student will spend the majority of the first year on requirements for one degree and the majority of the second year on requirements for the other degree.  The third year will be used to complete remaining requirements for both degrees and to write the shared thesis.  Students must be enrolled for a minimum of two consecutive quarters in the concurrent program. It is anticipated that both degrees will be awarded at the same time, typically soon after completion of the shared thesis.

Our concurrent degree options are joint with the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy MPA or the College of Built Environments' Department of Urban Design and Planning MUP.

Concurrent MS and MPH Degrees with the Evans School MPA

The degrees are structured for students interested in environmental and occupational health and its use in public health policy and management. Students will be exposed to economic theory, health services, behavioral sciences, and statistical methods. 

There is an increasing need for leaders in public, private, and nonprofit arenas who can synthesize the complex worlds of science, management, and policy. Political and environmental issues have become so important, and the science so complex, that such leadership requires a breadth of knowledge across policy, science, and public health. This concurrent degree will train students who are comfortable crossing the boundaries and better able to grapple with the complexities surrounding environmental and public policy issues. The MS or MPH thesis can fulfill the MPA degree project IF the topic has a policy/management component and an Evans faculty member is on the thesis supervisory committee. Biostatistics II and II (512-513 or 517-518) can fulfill the MPA statistics requirement of AB AF 527 and 528.

For Evans School MPA requirements see and

Concurrent MPH and MUP Degrees with the Department of Urban Design and Planning

The Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Urban Planning (MUP) concurrent degree trains professionals in healthy and equitable urban communities, preparing graduates for employment in either public health or planning, ideally in positions that utilize both sets of skills.

The built environment, and the policies and design that define our urban landscapes, are crucial determinants of population health. Many issues such as walkability, public transportation, housing, access to healthy food, injury prevention, air and water quality, sanitation, social connectedness, health disparities, and environmental justice are influenced by decisions of planners and affect the health of the public, especially people living in metropolitan areas.

By 2050, it is estimated that 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. This rapid pace of global urbanization and need for sustainable community development calls for individuals with cross-disciplinary training in the fields of urban planning and public health.

Both disciplines are committed to the betterment of human life and the environment through systematic change.

For information on the Urban Planning MUP degree program and for a full description of the concurrent degree programs with Public Health see:

Download the PDF of the MUP/MPH one-pager.

Application Instructions

Prospective students not currently enrolled at the University of Washington must submit a separate application for and be accepted by each degree. Because this requires two separate applications, it also requires two application fees. UW students who are currently enrolled in either the MPH or MUP degree must submit an application for the second degree, indicating their intent to complete both degrees concurrently.

Step 1: Review Prerequisites for Each Program

Please see the admissions requirements for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science's MS and MPH programs, as well as admissions requirements for the Evans School MPA program  and for Urban Design and Planning

Step 2: Submit Online Applications

Follow application instructions for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. After completing the first application, create and submit another application to either the  Evans School or Urban Design and Planning.

Note:  If you are already a matriculating graduate student in either degree program, you can initiate a concurrent degree application in your first year to become effective in your second year.  Just apply to the other degree program in time to meet the following year's admissions deadline and indicate you are now wish to pursue a concurrent degree.  You will still have to formally apply to that program.

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