STG, Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Public Policy

STG JD / MPP: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP): STG, 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 section 1.4.3.


Law, Juris Doctor / Master of Public Policy

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Master of Public Policy Program
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

STG JD / MPP: Application Process

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

  • Applicants are considered for the CDP after they have secured independent admission to the JD and MPP programs.

  • Applicants admitted to the JD and MPP must inform both programs of their status and request admission to the CDP.

    • Applicants may also be considered for the CDP while they are in Year 1 of the JD program. Interested students should contact the Faculty of Law about this before applying to the CDP.

STG 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.

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.

Year Progression 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 PPG1008H.
  • Complete 3.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in the MPP program:
    • PPG1000H Governance, Institutions, and Public Policy;
    • PPG1002H Microeconomics for Policy Analysis;
    • PPG1003H Macroeconomics for Policy Analysis;
    • PPG1004H Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis;
    • PPG1005H The Social Context of Policy-Making;
    • PPG1007H Strategic Policy Implementation; and
    • either GLA2029H The Sustainability Imperative: Implications for Global Affairs and Public Policy or GLA2034H Decision Making and Strategic Thinking.
  • Substitute PPG1008H with an equivalent Law course (0.5 FCE) and obtain a minimum B+.
  • In the Summer session of Year 2, complete PPG2006Y MPP Internship.
3 and 4
  • MPP and JD program requirements.
  • Complete 2.5 FCEs in the MPP program:
    • PPG2000H Politics and the Policy Process;
    • PPG2002H Topics in Applied Economics for Public Policy;
    • PPG2003H Capstone Course: Integrating Issues in Public Policy; and
    • either PPG2011H Ethics and the Public Interest or PPG2022H Moral Foundations of Public Policy; and
    • either PPG2008H or an alternate international/global focused course as approved by the MPP program director.

  • 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.