The NIU Division of Public Administration and NIU Law 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 a period of 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 to take at least 111 total semester hours: 81 from the College of Law and 30 from the Division of Public Administration (not including the internship). Up to 12 semester hours of J.D. program coursework may be applied to the 39 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.