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Joint Programs

Students may choose to pursue multiple graduate or professional degrees at the University of Kentucky. Joint degree programs are offered for PharmD/MPA, JD/MPA, and the University Scholars Program.

 

PharmD/MPA

Since 1997, the Martin School and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy have jointly provided this unique dual degree program, the first of its type to be offered in the nation. This program provides a pathway to increasingly in-demand careers analyzing complex drug policy issues, serving as administrators of pharmaceutical and healthcare systems, or serving in public regulatory agencies. Past graduates have secured positions in a wide variety of organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Admissions

Students are required to meet the admissions standards of both programs separately, meaning they secure admission into the Martin School, the Graduate School,and the College of Pharmacy. Students independently pursuing either the PharmD or MPA may be considered for admission to the dual degree program. A student will be eligible for consideration before the end of their second year of study in the PharmD program and before the end of their first year of study in the MPA program.

Curriculum

Whereas the MPA program alone is 40 credit hours, the joint PharmD/MPA program requires 30 hours of MPA coursework. The electives, ethics course, and internship credit are satisfied by the PharmD program. Below is a sample program of study.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Full-time pharmacy (42 credit hours)

34 credit hours pharmacy

2 Martin School courses (6 credit hours)

34 credit hours pharmacy

2 Martin School courses (6 credit hours)

Summer: Pharmacy Clerkship (12 credit hours)

5 Martin School courses (15 credit hours)

Pharmacy Clerkship (8 credit hours)

Summer: Pharmacy Clerkship (12 hours)

 

JD/MPA

Initiated in 1984, the JD/MPA dual degree program is the only one offered in the Commonwealth. The dual degree program permits the student to gain both degrees in a total time period of four years, one year less than if the degrees were earned independently. The dual degree can be valuable for persons seeking careers as city managers, administrators of judicial and quasi-judicial organizations, staff members in governmental agencies, and legislative researchers, among others. Students who have earned both the JD and MPA degrees from the University of Kentucky have gone on to careers with private law firms, trust institutions, and the Kentucky Bar Association. One UK JD/MPA graduate won a prestigious national competition for a city manager internship.

Admissions

Students must apply independently to both programs. An applicant must meet the admission standards of the Graduate School, the Martin School, and the College of Law. Students already pursuing either the JD or the MPA may be considered for admission to the JD/MPA dual degree program. A student will be eligible fo consideration after the end of their first year and if no more than 24 credit hours of the MPA program are completed. The student's application for admission must be approved by the program in which he or she is not enrolled.

Curriculum

Whereas the MPA program alone is 40 credit hours, the joint JD/MPA program requires 30 hours of MPA coursework and 81 hours of JD coursework. The electives are transferrable from the JD to the MPA and vice versa. Once admitted, the student chooses to begin coursework in either Public Administration or Law. Simultaneous enrollment is the exception, not the norm. However, if scheduling problems do arise, the MPA and JD program representatives will resolve such problems on an ad hoc basis. Below are two tracks for study.

Year 1A Year 2A Year 3A Year 4A
30 MPA credit hours L1 coursework (29 credit hours)

Law electives

Internship (MPA or JD, 3 credit hours)

Law electives

 

Year 1B Year 2B Year 3B Year 4B
L1 coursework (29 credit hours) 30 MPA credit hours

Law electives

Internship (MPA or JD, 3 credit hours)

Law electives

 

University Scholars Program

The Martin School offers particularly gifted and highly motivated students from the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, and Morehead State University the opportunity and the challenge of integrating their undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single continuous program culminating in both a Baccalaureate degree and a Master of Public Administration. Students can begin graduate coursework in the fourth year of undergraduate study.

The total number of hours for the combined programs may be up to 18 fewer hours than the total required for earning both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees separately. Undergraduates must meet all requirements for the Bachelor's degree as specified by their respective degree programs as well as all the requirements of the Graduate School and the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. The student's department chair and the Academic Policy Committee must approve students before they are permitted to enter the program.

Admissions

Application to the program should be submitted at the end of the student's junior year in college. Applicants should have completed at least 90 credit hours of work or have senior standing in the semester when they are admitted to the program. The student's undergraduate grade point average must be at least 3.5 in the applicant's major field and at least 3.2 overall.