Double, Dual + Joint Degrees

At UW–Madison it is possible to simultaneously pursue two graduate degree programs. Graduate School policy allows some “double counting” of course work, but no more than one-fourth of the credits being offered in the requirements of one Master’s degree can be used for the requirements of any other Master’s level degree. In addition, these special arrangements have been developed in the Graduate School for double degrees:

  1. Public Affairs and International Public Affairs (administered by the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, Observatory Hill Office Building, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53706)
  2. Water Resources Management (administered by the Water Resources Management Program, Institute for Environmental Studies, 70 Science Hall, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI 53706)
  3. Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) is graduate-level certificate that can be completed by students in nearly any graduate program at UW–Madison, usually without adding time or cost to their graduate degree program. MS URPL students can fill their concentration and elective credits with EAP courses. EAP’s interdisciplinary curriculum gives students the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in industry, government, consulting, non-profits, and other roles in the energy field. EAP’s interdisciplinary curriculum considers scientific, technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. It examines topics in energy resources, market structures, public utilities, technology, linkages to the environment, demand for energy services, and public policy. Every EAP student also gains experience in designing, conducting, and communicating analysis for real-world clients in the energy sector.Applicants to EAP should have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following subjects:
    • one college course in physical science (physics or chemistry)
    • one college course in natural science (biology, environmental, geology or atmospheric and oceanic)
    • one college course in economics
    • one additional course in social sciences or humanities
    • one college course in calculus or statistics

    Students lacking some of the prerequisites may be admitted to the program, and student applicants can work with the EAP program coordinator to develop a course plan to fulfill those prerequisites.

    Each EAP student who is accepted into the program must complete six courses (18 credits) including:

    • introductory seminar (EnvSt/URPL/PubAff 809)
    • one course each in four categories: energy policy, energy economics/business, energy technology, and environmental studies
    • capstone seminar (EnvSt/URPL/PubAff 810)

    By entering EAP early in their graduate studies and planning carefully, students often can select courses that satisfy both their degree programs and EAP requirements. For more information, visit

Interested students should consult with faculty in these programs areas, as well as with the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. See URPL Handbooks for more information on double degrees, as well as the Graduate School’s policies on doubledual, and joint degrees.