The NIU Department of Public Administration and NIU College of Law offer the offer the opportunity for simultaneous enrollment in the M.P.A. and J.D. degree programs to qualified graduate students. Students must be admitted to both the M.P.A. and the J.D. programs. Matriculation in the two programs must be within 18 months.
Because students enroll in two separate degree programs, to receive both degrees, students must meet all of the graduation requirements for both degree programs. A student may obtain either degree prior to completing all requirements for the other degree.
Under the simultaneous enrollment plan, students are required to take at least 106 total semester hours; 78 from the College of Law and 28 from the Department of Public Administration. Students without two years of professional public management experience will be required to take an additional 4 to 5 hours of internship PSPA 695.
Up to 12 semester hours of J.D. program course work may be applied to the 40 semester hours required for the M.P.A. degree, and up to 12 semester hours of M.P.A. course work with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the 90 semester hours required for the J.D. degree.