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USF to Offer New Dual Degree Programs

November 07, 2013

Beginning in fall 2014, the USF School of Law will offer two new dual degree programs—a JD/Master of Public Affairs (MoPA) and a JD/Master of Urban Affairs (MUA). The programs will allow students to earn both a master’s degree and a law degree in four years rather than five.

The new programs are offered jointly by the law school and the USF College of Arts and Sciences.

“Today’s and tomorrow’s lawyers must utilize every skill for their clients—corporate, community, or public—and the experience and joint training in this program prepare our students for their roles as problem solvers,” USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña said.  “The program leverages our status within a university to offer students comprehensive skills and take off a year’s time and tuition.”

The Master of Public Affairs option prepares students for professional leadership roles in campaign strategy and management, governmental relations and advocacy, public policymaking, community organizing, strategic communications, and journalism. Graduates would be prepared to pursue careers in nonprofits, governmental offices, political entities, and the private sector.

The Master of Urban Affairs offers coursework in applied urban studies and public policy, direct experience in analyzing policy alternatives, and interactions with community-based organizations, preparing students to work as specialists in analyzing the policy challenges of contemporary urbanism.

“The new dual degree programs are designed for students whose interests and career goals may span multiple disciplines,” Associate Dean Joshua Davis said. “Like our well-established JD/MBA program, these new programs will provide students with the complete law school experience, while giving them additional expertise that can set them apart in the marketplace.”

Both programs combine studies at the law school and College of Arts and Sciences with a range of hands-on experience through externship opportunities with organizations focused on law and public affairs or urban affairs. To receive a joint degree, students must earn at least 84 units in the law school and 36 units in the master’s program.

Admission to both the law school and the master’s program is required. Students will be able to enroll in the dual degree programs during their first year of graduate studies, and are eligible to matriculate into the dual degree program after completing one year in the JD, Public Affairs, or Urban Affairs programs. For details on admission requirements, contact lawadmissions@usfca.edu