J.D./MPA Program

JD/MPA 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 Illinois Tech’s 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.

Eligibility and Requirements

Joint program students may apply up to 12 credits of M.P.A. coursework taken at the IIT Stuart School of Business toward the requirements for the J.D. degree. 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 grade in the course. The M.P.A. course grades will not count in the student's J.D. grade point average. Students should work with their Stuart Graduate Academic Advisor on their program of study and for information about applying certain J.D. courses toward the M.P.A. degree.

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 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, associate dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs at Room 320C, 312.906.5282, or ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.