Joint Degree Programs
Complete your Emory Law degree and earn an additional graduate degree in one of Emory University’s highly ranked schools.
In most cases, the joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in less time than if you pursued each degree separately. Students apply both to Emory Law and to the other graduate school that offers the second degree.
Emory Law and the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School cooperate in a program that enables a student to receive the doctor of law and master of business administration (JD/MBA) degrees in four years rather than the usual five. Candidates for this degree program apply to each school independently. On admission, students consult with the program director in each school to plan their respective programs. Candidates may begin the cooperative program in either the business school or the law school. In either case, the first year of study in the law school is taken solely in the law school and the first year of study in the business school is taken solely in the business school. The remaining two years of the program are taken jointly in the law and business schools. Students pay five semesters of law school tuition and three semesters of business school tuition. To receive the doctor of law degree through the cooperative program, a candidate must satisfactorily complete the following:
- All requirements for the master of business administration degree, including not fewer than 49 semester hours in the business school
- A minimum of 79 semester hours in the law school with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.25
- Completion of all prescribed courses required for the JD degree
- Not fewer than five semesters of residence in the law school
- Not fewer than four academic years in the entire cooperative program
Courses taken in the business school are included in determining law school residence in any term taken jointly in both schools provided that a minimum of three semester hours of course work is taken in the law school. In addition, the normal rules controlling fractional residence apply.
Emory Law and the Candler School of Theology offer two joint degree programs for students who wish to pursue a concentrated course in law and religion.
The Doctor of Law/Master of Divinity (JD/MDiv) program allows students to combine training in law with training in ministry. A candidate in this program matriculates concurrently at the law school and the School of Theology, completing the requirements for both degrees in five years (instead of the six years required to attain the degrees separately). One year is spent in the law school and another year is spent in the School of Theology. During the remaining three years, a candidate is required to register and pay tuition for three semesters in each school, but may enroll in courses in either school. To receive both the JD and the MDiv degrees, a candidate must satisfactorily complete the following:
- Not fewer than 79 semester hours in the law school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better
- 70 semester hours in the School of Theology with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) or better
- All prescribed courses in each school
The joint Doctor of Law/Master of Theological Studies (JD/MTS) program allows students to combine training in law with training in religious studies. This program emphasizes scholarly (rather than ministerial) aspects of law and religion. A candidate in this program matriculates concurrently at the law school and the School of Theology, completing the requirements for both degrees in four years (instead of five). One year is spent in the law school and another year is spent in the School of Theology. For the remaining two years, a candidate is required to register and pay tuition for three semesters in the law school and one semester in the School of Theology. To receive both the JD and the MTS degrees, a candidate must satisfactorily complete the following:
- Not fewer than 79 semester hours in the law school with a cumulative point average of 2.25 or better
- Not fewer than 39 semester hours in the School of Theology with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) or better
- All prescribed courses in each school
- A major research paper or thesis written under the director of the Law and Religion Program
Candidates for either joint-degree program must apply to and be admitted by both the law school and the School of Theology. The two schools maintain independent admissions procedures and separately determine scholarships and financial aid. Prospective joint-degree candidates are encouraged to confer with the director of the Law and Religion Program and with faculty advisers in the law school and the School of Theology prior to matriculating. For information on these joint degree programs, please contact
Director, Law and Religion Program
380 Gambrell Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30322-2770.
Emory Law and the Rollins School of Public Health cooperate in a program that enables a student to receive the Doctor of Law and Master of Public Health (JD/MPH) degrees in three-and-a half years rather than the usual five. Candidates for this program apply to each school independently and must meet the criteria for admissions to each school to be admitted to the joint degree program. On admission, students consult with the program director in each school to plan their respective programs. The graduate of the program will be equipped to work either as a public professional having an acute awareness of legal and policy issues or as a lawyer specializing in health care issues or in a public health or quasi-public health setting. For example, a graduate might work for a government or non-government organization developing policy and/or drafting legislation and regulations for food fortification, population planning and control, improving the status of women, protecting the rights of refugees, or other similar domestic or global health matters. Alternatively, the graduate might work as a lawyer specializing in protecting the rights of disabled individuals, as general counsel in a public or private hospital, as a lawyer or legal adviser for a state or federal public health agency, or in a similar capacity. Because the program is oriented toward the public interest, a graduate working as a lawyer probably would not find him or herself working in a traditional private law firm rather in a public health or health care setting.
Persons possessing the knowledge and skills that flow from the dual degree will have
- a special ability to solve public health problems using legal tools;
- a concrete understanding of how public health policies are expressed in laws and regulations;
- an ability to analyze the legal environment and carry out public health PR and activities in compliance with legal requirements;
- special skills to advocate for sound public health policy; and
- the ability to comprehend the legal ramifications of proposals for health care and social welfare reform.
Students are required to complete 79 credit hours for the JD degree and 32 for the MPH degree. Eleven credit hours of electives are waived by Emory Law and 10 are waived by the Rollins School Public Health. While pursuing coursework in the Rollins School, students may choose to concentrate their studies in any of the following departments: Behavioral Science and Health Education, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Global Epidemiology, Global Health, or Health Policy and Management. Students must establish a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.7 in the Rollins School and 2.25 in the law school. Students must complete all courses prescribed for the JD program, with not fewer than five semesters of residence in the law school. Enrollment in a least two semesters in the Rollins School is also required. Candidates for the JD/MPH program must apply separately to each school. LSAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores as part of the public health application. Other evaluation criteria remain the same for public health applicants. Academic standing in the law school is determined solely on the basis of course work completed in the law school. Candidates should consult the for additional requirements applicable to that school.
The Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD) is administered by Emory Law and the Graduate Division of Religion, a unit of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A candidate must complete 79 hours of academic credit (five semesters) in the law school. A candidate must also complete 36 hours of academic credit (three semesters) in the Graduate School, followed by two additional semesters for PhD examinations and preparation and defense of the dissertation proposal. Beyond the basic course requirements, each JD/PhD candidate designs his or her own program of course work and writing which must be approved by the adviser in the graduate school. Emory Law students have pursued the JD/PhD degree with a number of graduate departments including Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, and Women's Studies.