Why earn a J.D./M.P.A. in public administration?

Graduate Application Deadlines
May 15* | Aug. 1
Oct. 15* | Dec. 1
March 15* | May 1

*Priority deadline

UND's M.P.A. program establishes your credentials as a person who understands the challenges of public management, and how to design and analyze public policy.

As a student in UND's joint J.D./M.P.A. program, you'll be able to count six credits of law school classes toward your M.P.A., while you count an equal number of M.P.A. classes to your law degree. That can save at least a semester in time.

This joint program typically takes four years, but you can finish even more quickly by taking summer courses.

While you'll need to attend law classes in person, all M.P.A. classes are available in a live, online feed. Candidates for UND's joint J.D./M.P.A. program need to be accepted to both the School of Law and the School of Graduate Studies.

Accreditation by NASPAA and ABA

This joint public administration program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Public Administration and J.D. at UND

  • Normally, the joint program will be completed in four years. With summer school classes it may be possible to obtain both degrees even more quickly. 

  • Get valuable on-the-ground expertise through the School of Law's Externship/Field Placement program, which has placed students in federal courts, non-profit organizations and other offices.

  • Double your network: Tap into contacts you'll make through both the School of Law and UND's Nistler College of Business & Public Administration.

  • Earn hands-on experience through internships: Students have worked in city, county and state government, non-profit groups, NGOs and more.

  • Gain access to the tools, resources and people of UND's Career Services office.

Public Administration Careers


Median annual salary for lawyers

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Expected growth in employment of lawyers by 2028

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A combined J.D./M.P.A. degree will make you a prime candidate for government, political or non-profit jobs that rely on a thorough understanding of the law. You'll find career options in fields such as:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Government relations and lobbying
  • Non-profit management
  • Human rights
  • National security

Public Administration J.D./M.P.A. Courses

Gain the Insights to Lead

Students at UND gain the experience necessary to lead in the classroom and in the office.