The joint JD/MPP degree program, offered by UMass Law and the Department of Public Policy, gives you the opportunity to enroll in the online Master of Public Policy program and the traditional Juris Doctor program simultaneously in a structure that is compatible with part-time and full-time study.
Integrate your studies in public policy & law
The joint JD/MPP degree program lets you integrate advanced policy studies and a law school education in a structure that is compatible with part-time as well as full-time study.
As a law student, you’ll master essential legal skills, learn the fundamentals of statutory and case law, and explore new and emerging areas of practice. The integration of knowledge, theory, ethics, and skills will prepare you to thrive in the changing legal profession.
The online Master of Public Policy program course of study focuses on policy analysis, applied research, and public management skills. It provides preparation for advancement or employment in:
- state, federal, and municipal governments
- nonprofit organizations
- non-governmental organizations
- business, trade, and labor associations
Classes are held during the day and evening hours. The schedule for a full-time student, after the first year of full-time law study, would comprise of 3 JD courses during the day and 2 online MPP courses, a course load of 15 credits sequenced so that the student moves through the curriculum expeditiously.
Both degrees may be completed full-time in 4 calendar years, and may be accelerated by taking summer courses. A part-time student typically completes both degrees in 5 years with summer study. Students must complete both degrees within 7 years.
Course descriptions, schedules and requirements
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Applicants with baccalaureate degrees in any field who meet the entrance requirements of each program are eligible to apply.
The MPP degree is offered fully online. Master of Public Policy students choose one of the following policy concentrations:
- Environmental Policy
- Education Policy
- Public Management