Combined JD/MPA Program


The combined JD/MPA program is a four-year program that enables students to select courses leading to degrees of Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration. A total of 39 credit hours Public Administration courses are required. The combined program is structured as follows:

Year 1

  • First year courses of the MPA program (24 credit hours required courses)

Year 2

  • First year courses of the JD program

Year 3


9 credit hours from the graduate level electives from the MPA program (One of  these could be PUAD 6855, typically completed during the summer after the first or second year of the program, as agreed upon with program coordinators.)

NOTE: Students may choose to do a 3-credit hour elective (graduate level course) from outside the MPA course offerings. This course must be approved by the MPA Program Manager.


JD (in total 23-25 credits)

  • LAWS 2062.05: Constitutional Law 
  • LAWS 2311.005: Second Year Moot 
  • LAWS 2321.005: Second Year Moot 
  • LAWS 2361.025: Civil Procedure 
  • LAWS 2362.025: Civil Procedure 
  • 12 - 14 credit hours of other courses from the JD program (inclusive of a LAWS major paper course)

Year 4


  • 6 credit hours of electives from the MPA program.
  •  Students may choose to do a 3 credit hour elective course from outside the MPA course offerings.  This course must be approved by the MPA Program Manager 


JD: (in total 23-25 credits)

  • LAWS 2099.02 Legal Profession
  • 21-23 credit hours of JD electives (inclusive of major paper course). 


Students who wish to pursue the PUAD 6855: Internship should note that the first year of the PD program (PUAD 5201 and PUAD 5202) is a prerequisite for the internship course.

 Candidates for the JD/MPA program must satisfy the entrance requirements of both the JD and MPA programs and may obtain further information about the combined program by writing to the Schulich School of Law and to the School of Public Administration. For admission, students must apply to both the Schulich School of Law and the School of Public Administration individually