Combined JD/MPA Program

The combined JD/MPA program is a four-year program which 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

  • Nine credit hours elective courses 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.)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Second Year Moot
  • Plus 12 - 14 credit hours of courses from the JD program including a major paper course

Year 4

  • Six credit hours of electives from the MPA program. Students may choose to do a three credit hour elective course from outside the MPA course offerings.  This course must be approved by the MPA Program Manager
  • 23 - 25 credit hours of courses from the JD program, which must include The Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility, and a major paper course.

JD/MPA students are not required to participate in the Professional Development Certificate program. Students who wish to pursue the PUAD 6855: Internship should note that the first year of the PD program 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.