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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.


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)

A dual degree program comprised of the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration is available to graduate students.

The MSW/MPA dual degree program can be completed in 3 years for Regular Standing students and 2.5 years for Advanced Standing students, including summer coursework.

Students interested in the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by each program (MSW and MPA) separately.

Learn more about the MPA admission requirements

Learn more about the MSW admission requirements

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: