Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor

The MPP/JD is designed to combine students' applied interests and training in public policy, with the comprehensive legal training gained through the JD program. The program recognizes that one important career path for attorneys lies in the field of public policymaking and that lawyers who pursue this career path will benefit greatly by an education that includes policy content and process coupled with grounding in research methodology, statistics and economics. Likewise, career professionals in public policy can function more effectively when they have a working understanding of law and legal institutions.

Students interested in applying to this program should complete and submit both the MPP and the JD applications to the respective schools simultaneously. For more information on the JD program, please contact the Georgetown University Law Center.

The dual degree consists of 39-credit hours of public policy coursework and 76-credit hours of law coursework (115 total credit hours) over four years, rather than the five years normally required when completing the degrees separately. Although there is some flexibility in order to accommodate students’ specific professional and academic goals, students attending the McCourt School in year one typically pursue the following course of study:

 

First Year 24 MPP Credits
  • PPOL 506, Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • PPOL 501, Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 514/515, Public Policy Process/Comparative Policy Process
  • PPOL 507, Microeconomics II
  • PPOL 502, Regression Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PPOL 514/515, Public Management/Comparative Public Management
  • 6 PPOL elective credits
Second Year    31 JD credits
Third Year

21 JD Credits

9 MPP Credits

  • PPOL 503, Advanced Regression and Program Evaluation Methods
  • PPOL 518/519, Ethics, Values and Public Policy/Ethics in a Globalized World
  • 3 PPOL elective credits
Fourth Year

 

24 JD Credits
6 MPP Credits
  • PPOL 526/PPOL 528, Policy Analysis Capstone I/Thesis Workshop I
  • PPOL 527/PPOL 529, Policy Analysis Capstone II/Thesis Workshop II