Juris Doctor / Master of Public Administration

The Juris Doctor/ Master of Public Administration program is designed for those seeking an advanced degree in the field of governmental administration. The program is interdisciplinary, with equal participation from the College of Urban and Public Affairs, the College of Business Administration, and the Department of Political Science at the University of New Orleans.

Applicants for this joint program must apply separately to the College of Law and to the UNO College of Urban and Public Affairs. The schools together will determine whether the applicant is eligible for the combined program. 

Academic requirements

The normal degree requirements for both programs are 90 semester hours (Juris Doctor) and 42 credit hours (Master of Public Administration), including a six-hour thesis (MPA). Through the dual degree, the required hours are complemented and reduced to 81 semester hours (Juris Doctor) and 33 credit hours (MPA), in addition to the thesis. 

Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded two separate degrees. The requirements for both must be completed, however, before either degree can be awarded. A student will not be allowed to enroll in Loyola Law school courses in Clinical Seminar, Legal Research or Independent Study.

Standards of excellence

The nine hours of credit earned at UNO in the MPA program will count toward the total earned hours at Loyola, but will not affect the student's cumulative Loyola grade point average. No credit will be awarded for a course taken in the UNO/MPA program unless the grade is at least equal to a C+ on the Loyola grading scale. No credit will be accepted until a student has successfully completed the first year of study at Loyola with an average of 2.3 or better. The student must maintain an average of 3.0 or better in the MPA program.

Students failing to meet all of the requirements of the program are awarded either the Juris Doctor or Master of Public Administration degree only if they fulfill the requirements for the individual degree as outlined in the College of Law or UNO Graduate bulletin, respectively.

For more information on the Master of Public Administration program, please contact Dr. John Kiefer at jkiefer@uno.edu or 504-280-3842.