Combined Degrees

Tailor your education to your career goals through dual and joint degree programs.

University of Minnesota students can gain valuable interdisciplinary training and enhance career options by simultaneously pursuing a J.D. degree and another University graduate or professional degree. Combined degree programs enable students to reduce total education time by up to a year, as compared to pursuing degrees separately. Visit our Combined Degree Policies for detailed guidance on how these programs work.

Through the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science and Technology, students can pursue interdisciplinary study in cutting-edge health and life science fields such as Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacology, and Health Care Administration. Dual degree options in other areas of study are also available in partnership with the Carlson School of Management, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and other University of Minnesota programs.

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Application Process

Students apply separately to the Law School and to the other degree program, and each school makes independent admission decisions using its own standards. While students are encouraged to apply for such programs before entering Law School, application after entry is also possible. Students should pay special attention to required entrance exams, such as the GMAT or GRE, since most partner programs do not accept the LSAT as a substitute.

Advising and Program Planning

Once admitted to the Law School and the other degree program, students are urged to meet with their advisors in both the Law School and partner program to review the proposed course of study. It may be helpful to arrange a joint meeting of advisors so that the student and both schools have a clear understanding of the degree plan.

Degree Requirements

  • The Law School and partner programs each administer their program requirements separately.
  • J.D. requirements include special rules that enable students in combined degree programs to apply up to 12 credits of coursework from the partner program towards their JD credit requirements.
  • Requirements for the other degree program are governed by the partner school. Students should confer regularly with an advisor in the partner program to ensure they are on track to complete requirements.

Registration and Enrollment Records

During the first year of law school, students cannot take any other graduate or professional courses. Similarly, some partner degree programs require that one year of study be completed without concurrent registration at the Law School.

In subsequent semesters, combined degree students have the option to remain fully enrolled in one program per semester, or to enroll in both Law and the partner program simultaneously. Under dual career registration, students maintain separate transcripts in each program.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Combined degree students are charged tuition and fees in accordance with the rates for each program, which are updated annually on the University’s OneStop site. Students who enroll in Law and partner program courses in the same semester will be charged tuition in each program, and may also be eligible for federal financial aid and other program-specific support.

Students eligible for Law scholarships can receive support on a per-credit basis after the first year of Law study. Support through the partner program, whether in the form of scholarships, assistantships, or fellowships, is allocated in accordance with the partner program’s policies.

Financial Aid Contact at the Law School
Jim Parker, j-park1@umn.edu

Contact Information

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P: 612-625-1000

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