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JD/MPA (Public Administration)

This program allows the student to obtain a J.D. and a Master of Public Administration degree in four years and two summers. It is of special interest to law students who intend to practice in communities where they might be called on to perform legal services for the municipality, as city attorneys or otherwise, and to students preparing for positions in city management. The program provides preparation for positions in such agencies as leagues of municipalities or state governmental authorities and serves as a training ground for the rapidly developing field of court administration. Admission to both the School of Law and the School of Public Affairs and Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is required.

If you are a prospective law student, contact the KU Law Office of Admissions, 785-864-4378, admitlaw@ku.edu; or Raymond Hummert, public affairs and administration, 785-864-9097, rhummert@ku.edu.

If you are a current KU student, contact Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner, law school, 785-864-1139, elizabeth.kronk@ku.edu; or Raymond Hummert, public affairs and administration, 785-864-9097,rhummert@ku.edu.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the JD/MPA program must meet admission requirements of the School of Law, the Department of Public Administration and the Graduate School. Applicants should apply and be admitted to each school separately prior to enrollment in the first year of the joint program. Students should begin their course work in the Department of Public Administration no sooner than the second year of the matriculation of the law school. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is the only required entrance examination for applicants. A student who decides to enter the program while enrolled in the first year of the JD curriculum, must consult and obtain approval from the School of Law and the Department of Public Administration as soon as possible. 

Degree Requirements

 

Credit Hours

 

J.D.

M.P.A.

Law courses required of all J.D. candidates

43

0

MPA required courses

0

37

LAW elective courses

34

0

Law courses required for MPA

0

6

MPA credit allowed for JD

12

 

Law credit allowed for MPA

 

6

Minimum hours required

90

43

 

I. Law courses required of all J.D. candidates:

First Year

Course

Credit hours

Law 804 Civil Procedure

4

Law 806 Intro. to Constitutional Law

4

Law 809 Contracts

4

Law 814 Criminal Law

4

Law 820 Lawyering Skills I

2

Law 821 Lawyering Skills II

3

Law 826 Property

4

Law 831 Torts I

4

Upper Class

3 courses from among the following:

Law 865 Business Associations I

3

Law 892 Business Organizations

4

Law 881 Conflict of Laws

3

Law 878 Criminal Procedure

3

Law 909 Family Law

3

Law 845 Jurisdiction

3

Law 837 Contracts II/ UCC Sales

3

Law 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions

3

Law 996 Trusts and Estates

4

AND

Law 908 Evidence

3

Law 972 Professional Responsibility

2

II. Law courses required of all joint-degree candidates:

In addition to the 43 credit hours of coursework required of all law students JD/MPA students must complete an additional 6 credit hours from the following law courses:

Courses

Credit hours

Law 850 Administrative  Law

 3

Law 939 Labor Law

3

Law 956 Local Government Law

3

Law 954 Legislation and Statutory Interpretation

3

Master of Public Administration Degree

The School of Public Affairs and Administration is home to the Edwin O. Stene Graduate Program in Public Administration and offers a Master of Public Administration degree. The Edwin O. Stene Master's program is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the United States, with our local government leadership program dating to 1948. Since 1998, our tradition of excellence in educating students at the masters’ level has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report with a #1 ranking in city management and urban policy. The MPA degree may be obtained through course work in Lawrence, Topeka, and the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park for the Kansas City area.

The KU MPA offers 2 tracks:

  1. The Intern track is designed for students who are willing to commit to one year of full-time study and a second year in a full-time internship to prepare themselves for careers primarily in city, county, or non-profit management.
  2. 2.The Career track is designed for working professionals seeking to strengthen their leadership skills for careers in public service professions or advance in their current profession without a career interruption. Most career-track students attend part-time.

Intern track students begin the program in the summer semester, and complete the majority of their coursework over three semesters (summer, fall, spring). Career-track students usually begin in the fall or spring semester.

M.P.A. Degree Requirements

The master’s degree is awarded after successful completion of 43 credit hours of course work. This includes 31 hours (10 courses) of required core courses (listed below) that all students complete, and 12 hours (4 courses) tailored to the student's interests and/or track (intern or career). In addition, all students must pass a written master's examination (final paper) to complete the requirements for the M.P.A. degree which is part of the PUAD 897 core course. Once a student begins the program, all degree requirements must be completed within 7 years.

The MPA core coursework includes the following courses (31 credit hours):

Select 1

3

PUAD 824

Public Policy and Administration

 

PUAD 825

Urban Policy and Administration

 

PUAD 827

Health Care Policy and Administration

 

PUAD 828

Nonprofit Management and Policy

 

PUAD 834

Human Resource Management

3

PUAD 835

State and Local Public Finance

3

PUAD 836

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

4

PUAD 837

Budgeting and Resource Allocation

3

PUAD 841

The Role, Context, and Ethics of Public Administration in American Society

3

PUAD 842

Law and Public Management

3

PUAD 845

Organizational Analysis and Public Management

3

PUAD 853

Policy Analysis and Evaluation

3

PUAD 894

Professional Development Seminar I

3

 

Intern track students will take the following courses to complete the program:

PUAD 892

Public Administration Internship

3

PUAD 898

Leadership, Professionalism, and Citizen Engagement

3

2 Electives

6

Career track students will take 4 electives (12 hours) to complete the program.

Typical Program Format

 

Law

MPA

Total

First Year

29

0

29

Second Year

25

6

31

Third Year

24

25

49

Fourth Year

 

6

6

Total Credits Earned

78

37

115

Law Credit Allowed

 

  6

6

MPA Credit Allowed

12

 

12

Total Credit Required

90

43

133

The University of Kansas Graduate School Catalog states specifically that all course work toward any master’s degree requires a B (or 3.0) cumulative grade point average for the award of the degree. Students should understand that the grades received in any law courses that are credited toward fulfillment of the M.A. in Political Science degree requirements are incorporated into the M.A. grade point average, which ultimately must be B (3.0) for the award of the M.A. in Political Science degree.

All joint-degree students also must fulfill the Upper-Level Writing Intensive course requirements and the Experiential course requirements in the School of Law. Please see the current Law School Catalog for details. 

 

 

 

 

 

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