Public Policy Studies
Joint Degrees with the School of Law
The Department of Public Policy Studies and the School of Law offer students the opportunity of earning a joint degree in Law and Public Administration (JD/MPA). The student spends the first year of the joint programs in the basic curriculum in the School of Law. Thereafter, the student begins the master's program in addition to law studies.
The masters program adds a unique element to the student's view of the law. The JD/MPA program, for example, offers the student a unique legal and administrative understanding of the public bureaucracy.
The students in the joint programs take a total of 103 hours of course work (79 hours in the School of Law, and 24 hours in the Department of Public Policy Studies) for completion of each of the joint programs. Core course work in the Department of Public Policy Studies is the same for both the joint degree programs and the regular master's degree program. Read more about specific course requirements to the Public Administration master's programs at the program sites.