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

The Public Policy Institute partners with Florida Coastal School of Law 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.

The MPP-JD is a 4 year program. If pursued separately, obtaining both degrees would take 5 years.

In year 1, students complete the entire first year curriculum of the MPP degree or law school 1L. In year 2, the other school’s first year curriculum is completed. In years 3 and 4, students take a mix of law and policy courses, with time split between both schools. At no point should classes reach overtime load.

The Institute recognizes 12 credits of law school coursework toward the MPP degree, and Coastal Law recognizes 12 credits of MPP coursework toward completion of the law degree. Total coursework is a combined 114 credit hours: 36 credits in public policy and 78 credit hours of law school coursework.

Applicants to the MPP-JD dual degree program must gain admission to both Jacksonville University and Florida Coastal School of Law. 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.​

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Admissions

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 meet its admission requirements and the Florida Coastal School of Law and meet its admission requirements. Applicants apply separately to the JU MPP program and to the FCSL JD program and must be admitted by each program.

Current Florida Coastal School of 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 the Florida Coastal School of Law's JD program. 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 at Florida Coastal School of Law.

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.