Campbell, NC State, offer new dual degree

March 8, 2010 10:25:11 AM PST
College students interested in a career in government will soon be able to get a law degree and a master's in public administration from two separate institutions at the same time.

Campbell University and NC State announced the new partnership Monday.

"Interested students will be able to pursue a dual degree track that will award them a JD degree from Campbell law school and a master of public administration - an MPA - from NC State university," explained Melissa A. Essary, Dean of Campbell's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

The new program will mark the state's first JD/MPA from two separate universities. Full time students will be able to earn both degrees in four years.

The combination degree is for students who want to become high level civil servants.

The partnership between Campbell and NC State comes just six months after the law school relocated to downtown Raleigh from Buies Creek in Harnett County.

Former NC governor Jim Hunt was on hand for Monday's announcement - urging the state to take notice of the move.

"I also hope there will be a third partner - learning classes here in the state capital," he said.

If students pursued both of degrees separately, it would take five years. The dual degree is a four year program.

Students will spend the first year at Campbell law and the second at NC State. The third and fourth will be divided between the two schools.

The program begins this fall.

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