College of Law > Academics > Joint Degree Programs > JD/MS in Public Service Management
Offered jointly with the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences School of Public Service, the JD+MS in Public Service Management promotes effective management of nonprofit organizations and government agencies and fosters development of sound public policies affecting the delivery of social services. The program is interdisciplinary and draws primarily on the areas of sociology, economics, political science, law and the human service professions, carefully balancing theoretical and applied approaches to contemporary challenges of administration and policy analysis. Following the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, the Public Services Management program devotes special attention to policies and practices that promote social equality 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 credits toward the JD degree for work completed in the other graduate degree program. Traditional public service management students must complete 52 hours to receive the MS degree. However, under the joint degree program, students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. The Public Service Management program will accept up to 16 hours of credit for work completed in the College of Law. A joint degree student may not receive credit for courses that create a redundancy in coursework.
In addition to the core requirements, specific courses are required for the various public service management concentrations. Please visit the Public Service Management catalog for complete program requirements.
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