• Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration (JD/MPA)

    Prepare for complexities of civic leadership with a dual JD/master of public administration degree

    With a dual JD/master of public administration, you earn your law degree and gain the broad knowledge, diverse perspectives, and practical experiences leaders in today's rapidly evolving government organizations need to be most effective.

    The combined degree program includes all the benefits, rigor and experiential learning opportunities of a Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s* JD program as well as a broad-based understanding of:

    • Political and legal institutions and processes
    • Economic and social organizations and processes
    • General organizational and management concepts
    • Human resources administration
    • Ethical and moral dilemmas of public administration
    • The interrelated nature of governmental issues
    • Techniques of analysis, including quantitative and statistical methods

    The MPA learning environment integrates theory and practice, and enrolls a student body with rich and diverse experiences and educational backgrounds.

    Requirements for Completion

    • Completion of 88 JD credits (12 of your JD credits will be transferred towards your MPA degree as elective credits)
    • Completion of nine MPA core courses (36 credits at the School of Business + 12 elective credits from JD program = 48 total; 9 credits from the MPA courses can be applied toward the JD degree):
      • GPA 8000 - Foundations in Public Administration
      • GPA 8010 - Professional Ethics
      • GPA 8020 - Organizational Theory and Behavior
      • GPA 8030 - Public Fiscal Management
      • GPA 8040 - Public Policy Analysis
      • GPA 8050 - Human Resource Management
      • GPA 8061 - Administrative Law
      • GPA 8070 - Research Methods 
      • GPA 8490 - Capstone: Skills Development for Government OR Master's Thesis

    To Apply

    You may apply to the JD/MPA dual degree program after completing your first year at Mitchell Hamline School of Law with an average GPA of 2.5 or higher. Contact Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Associate Dean for Administration for more information.

    Applying MPA credits to your JD requirements

    • Obtain pre-approval from the associate dean for academic affairs before registering for any MPA classes
    • After pre-approval, register for classes through the law school
    • You may receive up to 9 JD credits from approved MPA courses you complete with a grade "B" or better (each 4-credit MPA course counts as a 3-credit JD course; thus, up to 3 MPA courses will transfer)
    • Courses transferred into the law school will be based on the law school’s evaluation of ABA standards
    • MPA grades appear on your law school transcript but have no effect on your GPA
    • Students who transfer into Hamline University may not use MPA credits toward meeting the law school's residency requirement