Public Administration & Policy Joint M.P.A. / JD Program

Joint M.P.A./JD Program

In conjunction with The Albany Law School, the joint M.P.A./J.D. program has been designed to promote integration between the fields of public administration and law. It enables students to earn both degrees in, at most, four years of full-time study, rather than the usual five. Recipients of joint M.P.A./J.D.s hold professional credentials for a broad range of careers in government, consulting, teaching, research, and law.

An advantage of the joint degree program is that a maximum of six courses may be applicable to both degrees. Through the joint M.P.A./J.D. program, a maximum of three 3-credit courses within the M.P.A. curricula may be transferred to be counted toward the J.D. The transfer of up to 12 graduate credits from the J.D. curricula will be accepted toward the M.P.A. All transfers are subject to the approval of the program advisor and must follow curriculum guidelines. The scheduling of the combined study is flexible. The student will spend the first year of study exclusively at Albany Law School. A plan of study for the completion of all requirements in the remaining three years should be worked out with the program advisors of both schools during the first year of study.

Students must meet the admissions standards of both The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and Albany Law School. Each school will evaluate the application based on its own requirements and standards. No special requirements are imposed on applicants to the joint degree program. Both schools look for a strong undergraduate record. The applicant must score well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree. Applications to The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Completed application forms must be filed with Albany Law School before March 15 of the year of proposed matriculation. Application to the dual program must be made no later than the end of the first year of study at Albany Law School.

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.