Master of Public Administration vs. Master of Legal Studies
Master of Public Administration
- Take courses in policy analysis, public administration, human resources management, local government, public budgeting, and other administrative topics.
- Prepare for roles in public and nonprofit sectors as policy analysts, government employees, or nonprofit leaders.
- Be required to submit standardized test scores, such as from the GMAT or GRE, as part of the application process.
- Graduate in an average of 18 to 36 months.
Master of Legal Studies
- Take courses in constitutional law, civil procedure, business law, employment law, and other legal topics. Additionally, you can select the optional concentration in dispute resolution to improve your ability to manage conflict, effectively solve challenges, and negotiate for your organization’s best outcome.
- Pursue work within public or private sectors in law-adjacent fields including public policy, advocacy, social work, regulatory agencies, and government relations.
- Apply to the program without having to submit GRE, LSAT, GMAT, or other standardized test scores.
- Graduate in 16 months if taking a full-time course load or 28 months if taking a part-time course load. See sample course schedules.