Expand your insights beyond the legal foundations of public policy and become an expert in the complexities of writing, interpreting, and implementing laws as public policy.
Offered through the School of Law and the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, this dual-degree program prepares you to work at all levels of government and in nonprofit organizations or the private sector. Both schools are known for developing graduates who go on to shape policies nationally and internationally.
Complete your J.D. and M.P.A. in fewer total credit hours than it would take to earn both degrees independently.
Explore many career options in the public and private sectors as well as at all levels of government.
Grow Your Network
Strengthen your professional network with alumni connections in both the legal and public administration fields.
Make an Impact
Graduate prepared to lead in a variety of settings in an ever-changing public affairs landscape.
What You’ll Study
With an innovative and rigorous curriculum, this dual-degree program in public administration and law is designed for highly motivated students who have a passion to serve others and the desire to contribute to policymaking through a public service perspective. Graduates will be equipped to practice law in large private, governmental or nonprofit organizations.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change
Evaluating policies for effectiveness and impact, identify areas for improvement, and inform decision-making
Planning and Strategy
Developing and implementing a comprehensive and effective approach to achieve specific goals
Interpreting and applying laws and regulations to specific situations or issues
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Overseeing operations, managing resources and implementing policies for efficient and effective organizational functioning
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- Policy or Regulatory Analyst
- Government Affairs Advisor
- Government Agencies
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Private Practice