Master of Public Affairs Dual Degree Programs
Master of Public Affairs–Doctor of Jurisprudence
The combined Master of Public Affairs–Doctor of Jurisprudence program enables the student to take a four-year sequence of courses leading to both degrees.
Application and Admission
The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and must apply separately to both the Mauer School of Law and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
If the applicant is admitted to only one school, the applicant is permitted to attend that school and is, of course, required to meet the graduation requirements of that school. It is recommended that the student apply to both schools simultaneously for the combined M.P.A.–J.D. program. It is possible, however, for a person already enrolled in the Mauer School of Law to apply for admission to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs up to the end of the second year of law study. It is also possible for a student enrolled in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to seek admission to the Mauer School of Law up to the end of the first year of the M.P.A. course of study.
Grade point averages in the Mauer School of Law and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are computed separately. To continue in the program, the student must meet the academic standards in each school. A student failing in one school but meeting academic standards in the other may complete work for the degree in the school in which the student is able to meet the academic standards. Such completion must be according to the same conditions (credit hours, residency, etc.) required of regular (noncombination) degree candidates; that is, 82 credit hours in law and 48 credit hours in SPEA. Students are eligible for honors in each school based on the criteria of each school.
Students in the dual M.P.A.–J.D. program should enroll in courses through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in the first year of the program and through the Mauer School of Law in the second year of the program. Alternatively, dual M.P.A.–J.D. students do have the option of enrolling in courses through the School of Law—Bloomington in the first year and in SPEA in the second year. In the third and fourth years, or until the program is completed, students should enroll through the school in which the majority of their credit hours reside in each enrollment period.
(115 credit hours)
Master of Public Affairs Requirements
(36 credit hours) Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of SPEA courses distributed among theM.P.A. core and a specialization area.
Required Courses (21 credit hours)
|SPEA-V 502||Public Management||(3 cr.)|
|SPEA-V 506||Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making||(3 cr.)|
|SPEA-V 517||Public Management Economics||(3 cr.)|
|SPEA-V 540||Law and Public Affairs||(3 cr.)|
|SPEA-V 560||Public Finance and Budgeting||(3 cr.)|
|SPEA-V 600||Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs||(3 cr.)|
|SPEA-V 640||Law, Public Management, and Public Policy||(3 cr.)|
Specialization Area (15 credit hours)
The student chooses a field of specialization and develops a program of specialization courses in consultation with a SPEA faculty advisor.
Doctor of Jurisprudence Requirements
(79 credit hours) Students are required to complete 79 credit hours of law courses and to satisfy all requirements for the degree Doctor of Jurisprudence. For specific requirements, see the Mauer School of Law Bulletin.