Program Structure

Queen’s Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration (JD/MPA) is a three-and-a-half-year combined degree program. The JD/MPA is an excellent choice if you seek to combine advanced skills in policy analysis and management with training in law for successful policy development and implementation. The School of Policy Studies has a strong reputation for advanced education in policy studies in the areas of health policy, global governance, social policy and public policy in the voluntary sector of not-for-profit, community-based, non-governmental organizations.

A limited number of students may be admitted to this combined program. Applications must be made for JD admission through OLSAS and concurrently for admission to the graduate degree through the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. An option to complete the combined degree programs in three years is available to students who are selected for and successfully complete an International Law Program at the Bader College in the spring term of the first year of the combined program. Students will be assisted by the Career Development Office to seek summering positions and students will pursue the licensing process and articling after graduation.

Admission to JD/MPA

Concurrent applications for admission must be made to the Faculty of Law through OLSAS and to Queen's School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for admission as a graduate student in the first year of the combined program.

  1. Competitive JD/MPA applicants must have completed a four-year honours undergraduate degree and achieved an A- average or 3.7 GPA in the last two years.
  2. LSAT score ≥ 160 (80th percentile).

Upper year Admission into the JD/MPA

Current Queen’s Law JD students can apply for admission into the Combined JD/MPA program after their first or second year of studies. Students will be selected based on their performance in undergraduate studies and their performance to date in the JD program. Applications should be submitted through the SGSPA Application website:

Questions about the program?

Contact Law Student Services: or the MPA Program Coordinator: