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    Nov 28, 2022  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
    
American University Catalog 2022-2023

Public Policy (MPP) and Juris Doctor (JD)


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Admission to the Program


Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of both the Department of Public Administration and Policy  (DPAP)/SPA and Washington College of Law  (WCL). Admission criteria are the same as those for the MPP. 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 MPP or JD program does not guarantee admission to the other.

Dual Degree Requirements


  • 107 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, including 27 credit hours of MPP coursework in SPA, and 80 credit hours of law coursework in WCL

MPP Degree Requirements


  • 39 credits hours of approved graduate coursework, including 27 credit hours of MPP coursework in SPA, and 12 credit hours from WCL. At least 24 credit hours for the MPP must be taken in approved SPA courses
  • Capstone Experience: requirement completed through assignments in PUAD-688 Policy Practicum (3)  

Course Requirements


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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