Dual Degrees

"In my career, a dual degree has had the effect of making both degrees more valuable. There's a synergy between law and the other discipline, so you can get a deeper understanding on how one field relates to the other."

- Francisco (Cisco) Aguilar, Class of 2004

Students considering interdisciplinary research or dual degree programs benefit from the deep strengths of the University of Arizona and its many leading programs. 

Students in dual degree programs usually complete the first year of law school before taking the first year of the graduate curriculum, then select coursework from both departments with guidance from faculty advisors in both programs.

There are independent requirements for admission to Arizona Law and University of Arizona graduate programs, and students must apply and be admitted to each program independently of each other.

Dual Degree Programs:

JD/PHD: Economics, Philosophy, or Psychology

JD/MBA: Master of Business Administration
Choose from either a three-year or four-year track. Students may use up to 15 units of law credit towards the MBA degree and up to 15 units of MBA credit towards the 88 unit total required for the JD. Click here for more information on the dual degree.

JD/MPA: Master of Public Administration
Students may use up to 15 units of law credit towards the MPA degree and up to 15 units of MPA credit towards the 88 unit total required for the JD. The duration of the program is four years.

JD/MPH: Master of Public Health
Prepares students to practice law in the public health sector and to be involved in high-level policy discussions with a focus on law, regulation, and legislation. Students may apply up to 15 units of MPH credit to the JD degree and must earn a total of 112 units combined between the programs. The JD/MPH is typically a four-year program.

JD/MSF: Master of Science in Finance
Prepares students to practice law in specialized business and finance-related areas. Students who specialize in one of these areas may see that obtaining the additional credential of the MSF will help them in their careers. The dual degree will accommodate JD students seeking this additional certification. Requirements for the JD include 88 credits. The MSF degree requires 36 units. The dual degree program allows students to count nine units of relevant JD coursework toward the MSF degree and nine units of MSF coursework toward the JD degree. Thus a student must earn a minimum of 103 credits to earn both degrees under the dual degree program.

JD/MS: Masters of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics
Prepares students to practice law in the area of environmental policy, where there is an increasing demand for professionals with both legal and analytical-quantitative training. The MS in Agricultural and Resource Economics requires 33 credits. Joint degree students in this program will also receive a Graduate Certificate in Economics, Law and the Environment (ELE). The JD/M. in Agricultural and Resource Economics is a rigorous four-year program, combining core training in law, a year of core training in microeconomics and econometrics, and two additional years of courses and workshops in environmental law, environmental economics, and other courses in both law and agricultural resource economics.

JD/MA: Master of Arts in American Indian Studies
Prepares students to provide legal representation to Indian tribes, tribal organizations and individuals on a wide range of matters including civil rights, water rights, gaming, economic development and taxation on Indian lands. A minimum of 27 units of graduate coursework in American Indian Studies, plus nine units of specified law coursework and clinical work, are required for the 36-unit MA in American Indian Studies. Students may transfer 15 units of American Indian Studies coursework toward the 88 units required for the JD. The JD/MA in American Indian Studies is a four-year program.

JD/MA: Master of Arts in Latin American Studies
Prepares students to practice law, particularly in the Southwest border region, with a depth of understanding of Latin American history, culture, and Spanish or Portuguese language skills.  A minimum of 21  units of graduate coursework in Latin American Studies, plus 15 units of specified law coursework and clinical work, are required for the 36-unit M.A. in Latin American Studies.  Students may transfer up to 12 units of Latin American Studies courses and seminars toward the J.D. degree.  The J.D./M.A in Latin American Studies is a four-year program.

JD/MA: Master of Arts in Gender and Women's Studies
Prepares students to practice law with an understanding of the historical and cultural dimensions of gender and feminism, as well as the interconnections of gender, law, and public policy, both nationally and internationally. A minimum of 21 units of graduate coursework in Gender and Women’s Studies or other graduate electives, plus 15 units of approved law coursework, is required for the 36-unit MA in Gender and Women’s Studies. Students may transfer up to 15 units of Gender and Women’s Studies courses and seminars toward the JD degree. The JD/MA in Gender and Women’s Studies is a four-year program. Students spend the first year of study in the law school.

JD/LLM: Master of Laws
The LLM is an intensive program that offers you an opportunity to gain a level of proficiency within a specific field of law to pursue professionally. Advance your knowledge with in-depth study and interaction with experts in the field of law, including experienced academics and policymakers. It is also a prerequisite for earning a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), the highest degree offered in law.