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J.D./Masters of Public Administration Program

The UMKC School of Law and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management partner to offer a joint J.D. and MPA degree. Students who earn both degrees choose to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in state and local government, community organizations and administration roles.

By participating in this program, students can reduce the number of semesters needed to complete both degrees. Students advance in each school toward its respective degree and may apply for graduation to either school upon meeting the requirements whether the requirements for the other school’s degree have been met.

Admission requirements

There are no special admission requirements for entry into the joint J.D./MPA program. Students apply following the application process for each school. Students may take advantage of the program provided that, by the end of their first academic year (or two years in the case of a part-time or flex law student), admission has been secured to both degree programs. Students should develop a planned program of courses and submit the plan to each school for approval. The plan must meet the J.D. and MPA degree requirements.

J.D. requirement
  1. Students must complete 91 credit hours, 81 of which must be in law school courses. At least 76 must be in courses requiring attendance in regularly scheduled class sessions in the law school.
  2. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
    • The grade in transferred courses from the MPA program will not transfer into the J.D. cumulative GPA. Instead, the course grade will be converted to credit, provided the grades are at least C (2.0) or better in 500-level coursework. If the grade received is insufficient, the course will not be accepted toward the required 91 hours.
  3. At least six semesters in law school residence, with not less than 10 law school classroom credit hours per semester.
    • Two summer sessions may be considered a semester for residency purposes, provided at least 10 law school classroom hours are completed in the two summer sessions.
  4. Complete all required courses, including:
    • Research and writing requirement
    • UCC requirement
    • Jurisprudential requirement
    • Advance Torts requirement
    • Professional Skills Certification requirement
  5. Successfully complete all course work within five years
MPA requirements
  • Completion of 36 credit hours: MPA core courses (15 credit hours), emphasis courses (9 credit hours), electives from Law School (12 credit hours)
  • A cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Grades of B (3.0) or better in 80 percent of the MBA courses completed. Transferred law credits courses are not included in the 80-percent calculation. Courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better to count toward the MBA program
Application deadline

Applications for admission are accepted beginning September 1 prior to the year of entrance. Applications submitted after March 1 are less likely to be accepted because of the limited number of available seats each year.

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