MPA/JD Dual Degree

The Suffolk MPA/JD dual degree is a chance for you to get a top-level legal education while also securing an MPA at a highly-ranked policy institute. This expedited program allows you to follow one of two academic tracks so you can choose the order in which you want to complete the MPA and JD courses.

The MPA/JD combines two complementary fields and readies you for a career in law and/or public policy. Previous graduates have gone on to serve as legal counselors in all levels of government, elected and appointed law and policy-makers, and labor-management and alternative dispute negotiators.

Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor Dual Degree

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MPA/JD Curriculum

The MPA/JD is designed for students interested in integrating professional education in law with public administration. Students have a choice of two (2) curriculum tracks to follow and should contact the Institute for Public Service, mpa@suffolk.edu, for assistance selecting the right track to fit their schedule. Full-time students may register for a maximum of fifteen (15) combined credits per semester.

Students applying to this program must meet the admission requirements for both the MPA and the JD programs.

The requirements for the MPA/JD program are determined by the respective schools. The MPA/JD degree will be granted upon completion of 110-credit semester hours of work: 80-credit hours are completed in the Law School and a minimum of 30- graduate credit hours are completed in the Sawyer Business School’s MPA curriculum. Degrees will be awarded when all degree requirements for both programs are fulfilled.

All summer credits applied to the final semester of the dual degree program have been determined based on the semester credits of each individual program so as to require students to enroll in a minimum of two (2) credits in the final semester.

All dual degree candidates are subject to II (G) of the Rules and Regulations limiting credit for ungraded activities to two credits per semester. Any student who is not in good academic standing is disqualified from the dual degree programs. Law School Regulation VII (E) states that a dual degree candidate, who is academically deficient (as defined in the Law School regulations) within the Law School curriculum, shall be disqualified from the dual degree program.

MPA Curriculum (For Full-Time Students)

Students may follow one of two academic tracks, either completing their MPA requirements or their JD requirements first. Below are the MPA requirements for this program. Please contact the Suffolk Law School for more information on the required Law courses.

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Credits:

3

Description:

This introductory graduate-level course provides an overview of public administration and service and serves as a basis for further advanced studies in the MPA program. This course covers the structure, functions, and process of public service organizations at various levels, including governments and nonprofit organizations. Students explore historical trends, ethical considerations, and political rationale for the present operations of public service.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course demonstrates how issues, problems, and questions surrounding public policies, program operations, and administrative systems can be structured as hypotheses and made amendable to resolution through the application of social science research techniques. The elements of research design such as surveys, true experiments, quasi-experiments, case studies and non-experimental studies are described, as well as sampling techniques and descriptive statistics. Ethical issues related to employment of these methods in the policy making process are also explored. The course content is presented as a way to reduce managerial uncertainty regarding alternative courses of action.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course introduces the fundamentals of budgeting, financial management, and revenue systems. Course goals include: A heightened awareness of the democratic ideals and values that must inform budgeting and financial management decisions, including a commitment to ethics, transparency and accountability; an understanding of the budget process and the distinctive features of budgetary decisions making; an understanding of the critical linkage between budgeting and financial management systems and the capacity of an organization to achieve its strategic goals; the ability to use the budget and financial reports as planning and management tools; knowledge of the basic principles of taxation as well as the structures and functions of federal, state, and local revenue systems. The course emphasizes knowledge and skills essential to the full range of public service careers.

Credits:

3

Description:

This course will explore complex issues in public and non-profit human resource management (HRM) by examining policies and practices that support and enhance the value and contribution of individuals in these organizations.

Credits:

3

Description:

Students explore small groups and organization operations, practices, behaviors, and structures. They develop techniques for maximizing efficiency and/or effectiveness; evaluations analysis; concepts and applications of Classicists; leadership; organizational development, and result-oriented management; as well as elements of reorganization, innovation and change.

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Prerequisites:

PAD 712

Credits:

3

Description:

Pre-requisite: PAD 712 Quantitative analysis introduces basic statistical techniques used to analyze and draw conclusions from citizen and client surveys; program and policy evaluations; and performance and operations data. These techniques include chi square, lambda, gamma, correlations, and analysis of variance, t test correlations, and multivariate regression. Knowledge of these statistical techniques empowers managers by giving them the ability to evaluate the work of consultants, access the policy and management of literature, and analyze data using the analytical tools available in commonly uses statistical software, such as Microsoft Excel and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

Credits:

3

Description:

Leadership is a critical ingredient of successful communities and organizations. This course develops a diagnostic framework as well as strategies and tactics to mobilized adaptive work, engage multiple government, no-profit, and business stakeholders, and build awareness and momentum for actions at all levels of government and community and in one's organization. It introduces the catalytic model of leadership and applies it to the ethical handling of societal and organizational problems. Students' leadership competencies are reviewed and improved. This course is designed for people from diverse backgrounds with varied experienced in the leadership role.

Prerequisites:

Restricted to students that have completed 30 credits.

Credits:

3

Description:

Prerequisite: Students must have completed 30 credit hours. Students will integrate the substance of previous courses in order to develop a capacity for strategic management based on a personal perspective of the role of the professional manager in the policy making process. This holistic perspective is expressed in an extensive research paper that describes the leadership role of the professional manager and defines a basis for ethical action. The course features the review of research articles, the discussion of case studies, and a consideration of future trends in public and non-profit management.

And two (2) Public Administration electives.

Students with no professional experience are required to take PAD 859 Internship, which will count as one of your two (2) electives.

It is important that dual degree students work with advisors in both academic programs to ensure successful completion of both programs.