Admission to the Program


Candidates for the dual JD/MPA must satisfy the admission requirements of both the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and the Washington College of Law (WCL) to be admitted into this dual degree program. SPA accepts LSAT scores in place of the GRE normally required for admission. For entering law students, applications for this program are first reviewed by the law school. Upon admission to the law school, the application is forwarded to the School of Public Affairs for that school’s review and decision. Students may begin their studies in SPA after completing one year or the equivalent of full-time study at WCL; currently enrolled law students may apply to SPA during their studies at the law school.

Admission to either WCL or SPA does not guarantee admission to the other. Students who have been admitted to the MPA program may apply to WCL. For specific admission criteria employed by SPA, see the graduation admission and degree requirements for the Master of Public Administration.

  • 104 credit hours of approved graduate work (if earned as separate degrees, students must complete 42 credit hours for the MPA degree and 86 credit hours to earn the JD degree; however, dual-degree students may apply up to 18 credits from WCL courses to the MPA and up to 6 credits from SPA courses to the JD)
  • Comprehensive written examination
  • The research requirement is satisfied by completing two of the following courses with grades of B or better:
  • PUAD-605 Problem Solving for Managers or PUAD-601 Methods of Problem Solving I
  • PUAD-610 Management Analysis
  • PUAD-630 Public Managerial Economics
  • LAW-516 Legal Rhetoric I and LAW-517 Legal Rhetoric II (4)