J.D./M.P.A. in Public Administration

The University of Miami School of Law in partnership with the University of Miami Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences offers a joint J.D./M.P.A. in Law and Public Administration.

Who Should Consider this Joint Degree?

This curriculum prepares Law School students for government, political, and nonprofit legal positions. The program provides a solid theoretical framework and grounding in policy analysis, administration, and management.

Snapshot: Timing & Credits Saved

Begin Taking Graduate Courses

2nd year

Shortest Completion Time

8 semesters

J.D. Credits Required


Graduate PGM Credits Required


Number of Credits Saved

24 (6 J.D., 18 M.P.A.)

This joint program allows students to obtain both J.D. and M.P.A. degrees in 4 years or less - less time than obtaining the degrees separately. The first year is spent in the Law School and years two through four are spent taking both Law and M.P.A. courses.

Courses and Credits

On the J.D. side, students must complete 82 credits in the Law School and 6 credits will be double-counted from the M.P.A courses to complete the total of 88 JD credits. On the M.P.A side, students must complete 30 credits in the Political Science Department including a 3-credit internship, and 18 credits will be double-counted from the J.D. coursework to complete the total of 48 credits. Students will be required to complete a total of 112 credits for both degrees.

J.D. Course Requirements

M.P.A. Course Requirements


Hear From a Student: Why a J.D./M.P.A.?

Brendan Corrigan discusses his experience in our joint degree program in law and public administration and how this master's complements a law degree. He also expands on how someone can use these combined degrees for career choices.



To be admitted to this program, students must apply separately to both programs. Students may apply to the MPA program prior to beginning Law School or anytime during the first or second year of Law School. Students may begin the MPA program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

For admission to the M.P.A. program, students must complete an MPA application. If they apply before the end of their first year in Law School, they will not need to take the GRE exam. Their LSAT score will be used instead of the GRE. For more details on the M.P.A. program, visit the M.P.A. website.

Acceptance by one program does not in any way indicate or guarantee acceptance by the other degree program.

J.D./M.P.A. Proposed Sample Schedule with 4 years, no summers: (Note: schedule can be shortened through summer credits).

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for J.D. courses will be paid to the Law School. Tuition for the M.P.A courses will be paid to the College of Arts and Sciences. Law School scholarships may only be used towards tuition for Law School courses.

For More Information

J.D. Program
Terrell E. West II
Associate Registrar
Office of the Law Registrar
Phone: 305-284-2685
Email: twest@law.miami.edu

M.P.A. Program
Dr. Maryann Tobin
Assistant Dean for Professional Education
University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 305-284-3737
Email: met@miami.edu