Joint JD/MPA (Master's in Public Administration) Degree Program
For students enrolled in the joint program, the School of Policy Studies will allow 14 semester hours of law courses with a grade of "B" or better to be counted as electives in the MPA program. Reciprocally, the College of Law will permit approved 8000-level MPA courses with grades of "B" or better to be credited toward 14 hours of the JD degree. No credit hours for the MPA courses will be applied to the JD degree until the MPA is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degrees simultaneously or by completing all degree requirements for the MPA degree first
Similarly, no credit hours for MPA courses will be applied toward the JD degree requirement s until the JD is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing the requirements for the JD degree first. As stated in the bulletin, a law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the J.D. degree.
The College of Law does not permit enrollment in the joint degree program after a student has completed more than 20 semester hours of 8000-level MPA course work. After students have been admitted to both the MPA and JD programs and have declared their intent to enter the joint program, they must, at first opportunity, complete the first 31 hours of required courses in the JD degree program as outlined in this bulletin. After completion of these 31 hours of JD courses, enrollment in courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted. The requirements fo both the MPA and JD degrees must be completed within eight years of the initial semester of enrollment in the MPA program. The JD degree must be completed with 6 years of the initial semester of enrollment in the JD program.
An MPA student should consult with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies regarding any courses that may be required to complete prior to commencing 8000-level courses. If the School of Policy Studies does require any such courses, the College of Law recommends that students planning on part-time law study complete those courses prior to taking their first law courses.