Program accreditation
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

A cooperative arrangement with the University of Richmond School of Law makes it possible for students to receive a law degree from the University of Richmond and the Master of Public Administration from VCU. The dual degree program is designed to provide its graduates with competency in both public administration and law. This competency is applicable to areas of practice drawing upon knowledge and skills from each of these fields. The program brings together persons interested in both the broader aspects of public policy and government affairs and the law. It also brings together two fields that require complementary knowledge and skills that may be directed toward solving problems that are associated with the affairs of the government and nonprofit sectors. This integration of education in public administration and law draws on the contributions that each discipline can make to a professional knowledge base for practice in both fields.

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Application process

Interested students must apply separately for and be admitted to the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and the Master of Public Administration program at VCU. Students who are accepted into the dual degree program are permitted to apply 12 credit hours of work in the M.P.A. degree program toward meeting the graduation requirements in the T.C. Williams School of Law and up to 12 credit hours of work in the University of Richmond law school toward meeting the graduation requirements for the M.P.A. This credit application enables participants in the dual degree program to complete the requirements for the J.D. and the M.P.A. in an estimated four years of full-time course work. Applicants for this program are required to meet all admission and academic standards of the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, the VCU Graduate School and the M.P.A. program.

Graduate program director
Richard F. Huff, Ph.D.
Program chair, Public Administration
Email: rrhuff@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-9813

Additional contact
Simon H. Okoth, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies, Wilder School
Email: okothsh@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 827-1430

Program website: wilder.vcu.edu/academic/combined/masterpubadmin.html