J.D. Admissions

Dual Degree with Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

NYU School of Law offers a dual degree program leading to Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.). Students can pursue a J.D./M.P.A. with the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University. 

NYU School of Law requires 83 credits to earn the J.D. degree. NYU applies 12 credits earned at the Woodrow Wilson School towards the J.D. degree; each 1 credit course at the Woodrow Wilson School transfers as 4 credits at NYU.

Students can choose from the following concentrations: International Relations, Development Studies, Domestic Policy, or Economics and Public Policy. The MPA curriculum at the Woodrow Wilson School requires twelve cores including the core curriculum and a graduate policy workshop.

The core curriculum is as follows:

  • WWS 501 Public Policy
  • WWS 502 Psychology for Policy Analysis and Implementation
  • WWS 507 Quantitative Analysis
  • WWS 511 Microeconomic Analysis
  • WWS 512 Macroeconomic Analysis

Students typically enroll in four courses each semester at the Woodrow Wilson School. At the end of the first semester, students participate in an ungraded policy project, the Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE). The IPE requires students to synthesize the skills they acquired in the fall-term analytic courses. At then end of the first year, students must take the Qualifying Examination (QE1), an exercise similar to IPE without the group component.

Students must meet the application requirements of both schools and be admitted to both schools independently. Applications may be filed simultaneously before enrolling at either school, or during their first year at either school. Students are expected to spend three consecutive semesters at Princeton University and complete five semesters at the NYU School of Law. The final semester must also be spent at the NYU School of Law. Students may not receive either degree until they have completed all coursework for both degrees.

Students interested in the program, and those already enrolled, are invited to contact Amy Chu, Senior Director of Academic Services, via e-mail at acadservices@exchange.law.nyu.edu or phone at 212-998-6020, to discuss their options.

Students with specific questions about the Woodrow Wilson School Program should contact José Ochoa, Director of MPP Admissions and Programs, at jochoa@princeton.edu.

For information about applying to the M.P.A. program, contact:

Woodrow Wilson School
Office of Graduate Admissions
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08644

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