Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Public Policy

JD / MPP: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP) in Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Public Policy program is designed for students interested in studying the intersections of law and public policy. The CDP permits completion of both degrees in four years rather than the five years it would take to acquire them independently.

For a general description of CDPs, see General Regulations s​ection 1.4.3​.


Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Public Policy​​

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Master of Public Policy Program
School of Public Policy and Governance
Web​: www.publicpolicy.utoront​

JD / MPP: Application Process

  • ​Applicants must apply to the Juris Doctor (JD) program, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, and the CDP.

  • Applicants must gain independent admission to both the JD and MPP programs before they may be considered for admission to the CDP. Applicants may also apply to the MPP program during Year 1 of the JD program.

JD / MPP: Requirements

​​Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the JD program, the School of Graduate Studies, and the MPP program.

  • Please see the contact information to find details on each program’s admission requirements.

Academic Path to Completion

Every CDP involves a specific combination of approved degree programs. The CDP requirements build on those of the two separate degree programs. Each CDP has a unique pattern of academic activity year by year.



​​Specific Requirements

  • ​Year 1 JD program requirements​
  • ​Complete all Year 1 courses of the JD program at the Faculty of Law.
  • ​​Year 1 MPP program requirements, with the exception of PPG 1008H.
  • Complete Year 1 courses of the MPP program as follows: PPG 1000H, PPG 1001H, PPG 1002H, PPG 1003H, PPG 1004H, PPG 1005H, and PPG 1007H.
  • Substitute PPG 1008H with an equivalent Law course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) and obtain a minimum B+.
  • In the Summer session of Year 2, complete PPG 2006Y MPP Internship.
​3 and 4
  • ​​MPP and JD program requirements.​
  • Complete 2.0 FCEs in the MPP program: PPG 2002H, PPG 2003H, PPG 2008H, and either PPG 2011H or PPG 2022H.
  • In Year 3, complete a minimum of 1.0 FCE in the MPP program.
  • In Years 3 and 4, complete a total of 41 to 45 JD credits, of which at least 18 credits are completed in Year 3. These include a perspective course, a moot (compulsory or competitive), and a Supervised Upper-Year Research ​Paper (SUYRP). Students graduating in 2017 or later will earn 45 JD credits.