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The University of Wyoming's joint degree program combining a Juris Doctor (JD) with a Master's of Arts in Public Administration (MPA) results in students earning two degrees in approximately three to four years.
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree for those who seek leadership positions in public service. Students will learn the skills and techniques to design and implement policies, projects and programs to provide vital daily services and address important societal problems while attending to the day to day administrative issues in organizations.
The joint degree program is for those looking to launch their career or round out their education with public administration experience. The JD/MPA prepares students for a variety of public sector roles, including leadership, management, and administrative positions in government and non-profit organizations; to instill in students’ public service values and professional ethics; and to promote a commitment to the improvement of government and social institutions in the ever-changing public landscape.
Graduate assistantship positions are available for JD/MPA students. More information is relayed to first year law students during a joint degree information session, which is always provided during the first semester of law studies.
In fulfillment of the JD degree, the College of Law will accept up to nine hours of MPA credits in courses approved by the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. In fulfillment of the MPA degree, the College of Arts and Sciences will accept up to 12 hours of credits earned in specified courses in the JD program.
Students apply separately for admission to the College of Law and the MPA program. Students interested in pursuing a joint degree program, may not apply to the MPA program until they have been admitted to the College of Law. Once admitted to the JD program/College of Law, students interested in pursuing a joint degree program should schedule a meeting with an Admissions professional within the College of Law
NOTE: GRE/GMAT scores are not required to apply.