College of Law > Academics > Joint Degree Programs > JD/MPP in Public Policy
Offered jointly with the School of Public Service in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, the JD+Masters in Public Policy (MPP) program gives students the skills, experience and analytical tools to help shape government policies that influence our local, regional and national agendas. The MPP program balances theoretical and applied approaches to contemporary challenges of public policy development and policy analysis, and offers courses such as ethical leadership and policy implementation. Following the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, the Masters in Public Policy program devotes special attention to policies and practices that promote social equity through delivery of affordable, quality services to those in greatest need.
Traditional JD students must complete 86 credit hours to graduate from the College of Law. However, under a joint degree program, a student earns the JD degree after completing a minimum of 76 credit hours. The College of Law applies up to 10 credit hours toward the JD degree for work completed in the other graduate degree program. Traditional Masters in Public Policy students must complete 52 credit hours to receive the MPP degree. However, under the joint degree program, students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. The Masters in Public Policy program will accept up to 16 credit hours for work completed in the College of Law. A joint degree student may not receive credit for courses that create a redundancy in coursework.
Students pursing the JD+MPP will complete the MPP degree’s core requirements. Please visit the Masters in Public Policy catalog page for complete program information.
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