UNC Charlotte Center City Campus

Dual Degree Program

The Dual Degree Program allows students to earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Charlotte School of Law in less time than if the degrees were pursued independently. Full-time students spend the first two years of study at the Charlotte School of Law. They will then spend their entire third year at UNC CHARLOTTE, and thereafter continue to take courses at both CSL and UNC Charlotte until the requirements for both degrees have been satisfied. UNC Charlotte MPA students may begin study in the summer, fall or spring semesters. Each school will grant nine (9) units of credit for courses taken at the other school.


Students may transfer nine (9) units of credit to UNC Charlotte from the following courses taken at CSL:

  • Administrative Law
  • State and Local Government
  • Employment Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Constitutional Law
  • First Amendment
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Land Use Seminar
  • Other CSL courses that have been approved by the Director of the UNC CHARLOTTE M.P.A. program

Students may transfer nine (9) units of credit to the Charlotte School of Law from the following courses taken at UNC Charlotte:

  • Foundations in Public Administration
  • Public Organizations and Management
  • Data Analysis in Decision Making
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Other elective courses approve by the Associate Dean at CSL

Grades obtained at CSL will not be computed as part of the student’s GPA at UNC Charlotte, and grades obtained at UNC Charlotte will not be computed as part of the student’s GPA at CSL. A student must receive at least a “B” in courses taken at UNC Charlotte in order for those credits to transfer to CSL. UNC Charlotte will accept no more than two grades of “C” or “C+” in courses taken at CSL for transfer credit. All other grades must be a B or better. Students must have an “A” grade on the UNC Charlotte candidacy form to balance each “C” or “C+” grade that is transferred from CSL and no more than two “C” or “C+” grades can be included on the candidacy form.

For terms when students are taking courses at both institutions, a student may not be enrolled in more than fifteen (15) total units without the approval of the Associate Dean of CSL and the Program Director at UNC Charlotte.


Students wishing to participate in this dual degree program must apply separately to both UNC Charlotte and CSL. UNC Charlotte requires that students score in at least the 35th percentile on the GRE and have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Basic statistics is a prerequisite for the MPA. Students may complete the prerequisites required by UNC Charlotte during the first semester of the MPA program. Students must ensure that they take the GRE in ample time prior to application to UNC Charlotte and the LSAT in ample time prior to application to CSL. Students are urged to inform themselves as to the admission requirements of both institutions by contacting the Admission Offices at both schools or the websites for both schools (mpa.uncc.edu and charlottelaw.edu).

Once a student is enrolled in the UNC Charlotte MPA program, the student must be continuously enrolled in that program. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrolling in at least one course in either the spring or fall semester of each academic year. Enrollment in summer courses does not satisfy the continuous enrollment requirement.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the dual degree program will pay tuition to the respective institution for each class taken at that institution.

In terms of student financial aid, CSL shall be designated as the host institution and UNC Charlotte shall be designated as the visiting institution. The award of financial aid shall be subject to the terms of the consortium agreement entered into between CSL and UNC Charlotte. For more information on financial aid, please visit the Charlotte School of Law.