J.D. and Master of Public Administration

The School of Law, in association with the Graduate School, offers a program that enables interested students to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degrees in three to four years of academic work. This degree program may be particularly beneficial to students with interests in administrative positions within government, public agencies, and institutions.

Earned separately, a student would be required to take 132 hours of coursework (90 Law, 42 MPS). But through this program, both degrees can be earned by completing 105 hours (78 hours of law courses and 27 hours of public administration courses). This savings is made possible by allowing 12 hours of approved law courses to transfer as elective credit toward the M.P.A. degree and 15 hours of J.D. courses accepted toward the M.P.A. degree. These transfers are of credit hours, not grades. Therefore, graduate coursework will not be computed in the student’s Law School GPA and class ranking.

Interested students must declare their intent to pursue the dual degree no later than their fourth semester in Law School. The first year of study consists entirely of law courses. During the second and third years, the remaining required law courses are to be completed together with selected law electives and an appropriate number of graduate business core courses.

Students may enroll in the Graduate School at Texas Tech University and complete all leveling coursework and earn up to 12 credit hours toward the M.P.A. in the academic year prior to matriculation to the Law School. Students who have earned more than 12 credit hours (excluding leveling coursework) prior to matriculation to the Law School are ineligible for the Dual Degree program.