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Political Science Department

Joint MPA/JD Degree


Students must be successfully admitted to both the Law School and the MPA program. Application requirements are the same as MPA students, though MPA/JD students are allowed to substitute their LSAT score in place of the GRE.

Program of Study

Students must complete the core and option-core elements of the MPA Degree Requirements, but may apply up to 4 Law courses (12 hours) in place of 4 of the 5 required elective requirements for the 1995 calendar and up to 3 courses (9 hours) in place of 3 of the 4 required electives for the 2012 calendar. The Law School may approve up to 3 MPA courses (9 hours) to the Law transcript with advisor approval.


All Graduate Faculty Regulations will apply to all the courses on the MPA/JD degree Program of Study and students will be required to finish the same graduation requirements as all other graduate students.

Degree Conferral

  • Two separate degrees will be posted with a note at the bottom of the Graduate Transcript indicating the number of law hours accepted as electives toward the joint MPA/JD degree. Two seperate diplomas will be awarded.
    This note is necessary because a student using the maximum allowed law hours as electives will not meet the 30 cumulative hours on the Graduate Transcript required for a master's degree as required by Graduate Faculty Regulation.
    This will be the only indication on the student's transcript that they were pursuing the joint degree.

Click Here to view the MPA/JD Powerpoint Presentation

For further information about the MPA/JD program, please call or write: (307) 766-6484 or

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