Joint MPP-JD Degree Master in Public Policy + Juris Doctor

The Public Policy Institute partners with any ABA accredited law school to  offer a Master in Public Policy - Juris Doctor (MPP-JD) dual degree program that combines your interests and training in public policy with the intensive legal training of a JD program.

In year 1, students complete the entire first year curriculum of the MPP degree. In year 2, the student matriculates to the ABA accredited law school of their choice. In the student's final year of the JD curriculum the student completes their capstone research project.

Applicants to the MPP-JD dual degree program must gain admission to both Jacksonville University and their respective ABA accredited law school. Admission to one program does not guarantee the applicant will be admitted to the other. Applications are welcome from students with baccalaureate degrees in any field.

Students may apply to the dual degree program prior to enrolling in the JD or MPP programs or at any time during their first year in law school or at the Institute.​


Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2021

Priority Deadline: February 15th, 2021  

Study Public Policy with us fall 2021! Complete your application by February 15th and we will waive your application fee.  

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Why choose our program?

The Joint Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree and Juris Doctorate (JD) at Jacksonville University:

upward arrow Provides alternative legal career pathways

three people Prepares you for an understanding of law and public policy

real world Allows you to take the MPP-JD curriculum at any ABA Accredited Law School

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Steve headshot“As a public sector employee, I have found the JU MPP experience to be highly fulfilling. The broad mix of courses arm public sector employees with the tools needed to formulate good, effective policy. The insights into the unique characteristics of consolidated government are invaluable, particularly to non-natives. Finally, the opportunity to collaborate with employees of other city agencies fosters strong working relationships and a unified city government.”

Steve McInall, MPP'19 Vice President, Energy and Water Planning, JEA


Graduating seniors and mid-career applicants:

Applicants seeking admission to the JU MPP-JD dual degree program must be admitted to both the JU MPP program and the ABA accredited JD program of choice, by meeting each program’s admissions requirements. Applicants apply separately to the JU MPP program and to the FCSL JD program and must be admitted by each program.

Current Law (JD) students:

All current JD students who wish to pursue the dual MPP-JD program must apply to and be admitted to the MPP program through the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University in addition to being accepted into their respective law school. See Graduate Admission Requirements for the MPP program.

Current Jacksonville University MPP students:

All current MPP students who wish to pursue the dual MPP/JD program must apply to and be admitted to the JD program at Florida Coastal School of Law in addition to being accepted into the Jacksonville University's MPP program through the Public Policy Institute. See Admission Requirements for the JD program

Veterans' Applications

Jacksonville University welcomes applications from veterans to the MPP or MPP dual degree programs. The MPP Program fully qualifies for the financial benefits available to veterans or their dependents.

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The Institute recognizes 12 credits of law school coursework toward the MPP degree.  36 credits are in public policy and the JD credits are determined by the law school.

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