What will I learn?

The joint J.D./M.P.A. degree program provides advanced practitioner-oriented education in legal, administrative, and policy processes that are essential to the effective management of legal practices as well as health care, nonprofit, and public organizations. The combination of skills and theory is also ideal for pre-career and in-career students who aspire to careers in court administration, criminal justice, regulation, drafting legislation, lobbying, senior management, and politics. Law courses are offered at the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. M.P.A. courses are offered on the main campus in Kalamazoo and the University’s regional location in Grand Rapids Beltline.

Program Requirements

Joint degree students must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School students may transfer a maximum of six credit hours and waive three credit hours of PADM 6110 (Legal and Regulatory Environment of Public Service) or an equivalent course applied to one of the four M.P.A. concentrations (health care administration, human resources administration, nonprofit leadership and administration, and public management) with an advisor’s approval. The combination of transfers and waiver may reduce the M.P.A. program requirement for in-career students from 36 to 27 credit hours.

M.P.A. students may transfer to the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School J.D. program a maximum of six credit hours of M.P.A. courses and three credit hours of PADM 6000: Fundamentals and Ethics of Public Service or other appropriate M.P.A. core course.

Which department am I in?

Cooley Law School

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Western Michigan University

1903 W Michigan Avenue,

KALAMAZOO,

Michigan,

49008, United States

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

WMU-Grand Rapids

200 Ionia Ave SW,

GRAND RAPIDS,

Michigan,

49503, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.5

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

Fall: April 1; Spring: August 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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