J.D./Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Program

Enrollment in the joint J.D./M.P.A. Program enables a student to obtain a J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent and a Master of Public Administration degree from IIT Stuart School of Business in approximately three and a half to four years of full-time study or five to six years of part-time study. This program is particularly valuable for administrators, whose work is guided and circumscribed by a web of legislation, rules and judicial decisions, including persons interested in city management, labor and personnel work, police administration, and public policy analysis.

Eligibility and Requirements

Joint Program students may apply up to five approved M.P.A. courses taken at the IIT Stuart School of Business toward the requirements for the J.D. degree.  A J.D./M.P.A. Course Request form (available in the Registrar's Office) must be completed before the course begins for each M.P.A. course the student intends to apply to the J.D. requirements. No credit may be applied toward the J.D. degree for courses completed prior to the commencement of law studies.

To receive J.D. credit for a course, the student must earn at least a C in the course. Students receive 3 credit hours toward the J.D. degree for each M.P.A. course successfully completed, up to a maximum of 12 hours. The M.P.A. course grades will not count in the student's J.D. grade point average.

How to Apply

Candidates for the J.D./M.P.A. Program must apply to and be accepted by each program separately, and complete a Registration as a J.D./M.P.A. Student form in the Registrar's office. Admissions information for the J.D. program is available from the Chicago-Kent Office of Admissions and for the M.P.A. program from IIT Stuart School of Business. Students may apply to the M.P.A. program after beginning the J.D. program, but must be enrolled concurrently in both programs for one or more terms to receive the benefits of the joint degree.

Questions and Additional Information

For additional information and program requirements, contact Stephen Sowle, Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs (Room 320C; (312) 906-5282; ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu).