Dual Master of Public Administration - Juris Doctor


The School of Public Affairs and University of Colorado Boulder School of Law jointly sponsor a dual degree program leading to the simultaneous granting of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees. The program may be of particular interest to students who wish to practice law within the public sector, obtain a senior administrative post, represent public-sector clients, represent private-sector clients in transactions with government agencies and institutions, and/or develop scholarly expertise in the relationship between law and public administration.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: CU Boulder CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Credits required for completion: 101 Maximum transfer credits: 6 Application deadline: Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

The Details

Interested persons must separately apply to and be admitted by both the School of Public Affairs and the School of Law. Upon admission, students may begin full-time study at either the School of Public Affairs or the School of Law; however, law study must be initiated no later than the beginning of the second year of enrollment in the program, and the first year of law study must be taken in its entirety and exclusive of non-law course work.

Through the choice of electives, students may develop a limited substantive specialization within the study of law and public administration. The dual-degree program is structured to allow for 12 credits from the law school to be accepted as electives in the 36-credit MPA program, and 12 credits from SPA to be accepted into the law school's 89-credit J.D. program. Students are thus simultaneously awarded both degrees with a cumulative total of 101 credits; the program therefore allows students to complete all dual degree requirements in approximately four years of full-time study.

Students without prior public-sector work experience will be required to complete an internship in an appropriate governmental institution or closely related nonprofit organization. The dual degree program allows students to receive both degrees more quickly than they could by pursuing each separately.

Admissions Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.