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Dual Degrees

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

The dual degree program in law and public administration allows students to pursue a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration.

Careers

Individuals graduating with a MPA/JD can work as:

 

How to apply

Students must apply and be accepted to both the MPA and JD programs. Please consult the WVU College of Law for their application process. To apply for the MPA program, applicants must submit:

✓ Graduate application

✓ Transcripts

✓ LSAT or GRE scores

✓ Letter of intent

✓ Resume

✓ Two recommendation letters

Degree requirements

To complete the MPA/JD, students must complete 33 hours in the public administration program and 85 hours in the College of Law. The College of Law requires students to complete both programs to receive the six hours of credit toward the JD. The Department of Public Administration may accept up to 12 credit hours of law school courses whether or not the student completes the JD curriculum.

For more information about the MPA/JD program, contact Maja Holmes in the Department of Public Administration and Jamie VanNostrand in the College of Law.

 

Master of Public Administration (MPA) / Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW/MPA dual degree program combines public administration and social work to prepare individuals to work in social service administration with federal, state and local government agencies and non-profit organizations. Both the MPA and MSW are nationally accredited degree programs. The MSW curriculum prepares students for direct practice with the knowledge and skills to provide services to individuals, families and small treatment groups. It also prepares students to provide leadership to communities in the development, administration and support service programs.  

How to apply

Students must apply and be accepted to both the MPA and MSW programs. Please consult the School of Social Work for the MSW application process. To apply to the MPA program, applicants must submit:

✓ Graduate application

✓ LSAT or GRE scores

✓ Letter of intent

✓ Resume

✓ Transcript

✓ Two recommendation letters

Degree requirements

MPA/MSW students with advanced standing in social work take 69 credit hours for the MSW and MPA degrees. Those with regular standing in social work take 82 credit hours. Elective requirements for each program are met by counting coursework taken in the other program. If a student is enrolled full-time students are expected to complete the MPA/MSW dual degree in 36 months.

 

MPA/MSW students choose one of the following programs of study:

 

Field placements

The MPA and MSW degree programs require students to complete a public service internship and an advanced field placement, respectively. However, students enrolled in the MPA/MSW dual degree are required to complete only one internship/field placement to meet both degree requirements.

MPA/MSW students should consult with the MSW field placement coordinator to identify appropriate placement MSW sites and confirm with the MPA internship coordinator that the advanced field placement meets the student learning outcomes for PUBA 751: Public Service Internship.

For more information on the MPA/MSW program contact  Maja Holmes in the Department of Public Administration program and Pat Chase in the School of Social Work.


Individually designed dual degrees

Students may pursue an individually designed dual degree that combines the MPA with another graduate degree. This allows students to complete complementary degrees by applying some courses to both degrees. Generally, students apply 12 credit hours of courses from the other degree program to the MPA electives requirement. The other degree program may accept some public administration courses to meet their program requirements.

Individually designed dual degree programs are approved on a case-by-case basis. Students should consult their academic advisors in the MPA and other degree program to review respective program and graduate school requirements. Students must prepare and submit for approval a formal program of study for the dual degree.

MPA students have pursued individually designed dual degrees with the following departments: