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    Sep 18, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration (MPA) and Juris Doctor (JD)


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In this dual degree program, graduates receive a Public Administration (MPA)  through the Department of Public Administration and Policy School of Public Affairs  and a Juris Doctor (JD) through the Washington College of Law .

Admission to the Program


Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of both the Department of Public Administration and Policy School of Public Affairs  (SPA) and Washington College of Law  (WCL). Admission criteria are the same as those for the Public Administration (MPA) . However, students who have been admitted to WCL will not be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students may begin their studies in SPA after completing one year or the equivalent of full-time study at WCL. Admission to either the MPA or JD program does not guarantee admission to the other.

Dual Degree Requirements


  • 104 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, including 24 credit hours of MPA coursework in SPA, and 80 credit hours of law coursework in WCL

MPA Degree Requirements


MPA Course Requirements


Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Economic Analysis (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following or, for students with completed equivalent, other approved courses:

Public Budgeting and Finance (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other course approved by MPA advisor:

JD Degree Requirements


  • 86 credit hours of coursework required for the JD, of which at least 80 credits must be earned in WCL courses, including:
    • LAW-601 Administrative Law (3-4)
    • LAW-550 Legal Ethics (2-3)

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