Joint Graduate Pathways

The Way it Works

Joint Graduate Pathways- Joint graduate pathways provide qualified master’s students with an opportunity to earn two master’s degrees or master’s/professional degrees from two academic degree programs. Joint graduate pathways share academic content that allows a student to expand their breadth of knowledge and content expertise to include additional domains not covered in a single degree. All post-baccalaureate degree programs must have at least 30 unique hours of coursework. Upon approval, joint graduate pathways allow graduate/professional courses in excess of the 30-hour minimum to be shared with, or double-counted, toward both degree programs.

Shared-Credits- “Shared credits” refers to the use of a limited number of credit hours toward the requirements of two separate degree programs.  The principle of shared credits allows the student to earn two degrees for fewer total credit hours than would normally be required if both academic degree programs were taken independently.  Academic programs must provide strong academic justification for the use of shared hours between the two degrees involved in the pathway that explains how program integrity is maintained or enhanced.  

Steps to Take

Applicants must complete an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions and must be admitted to each academic program separately, meeting all of the admission requirements for the program, such as applicable entrance exams (e.g., GRE, GMAT, LSAT). Students completing joint degrees receive two diplomas, one for each degree.

Interested students should contact the respective department/unit for more information regarding admissions criteria and general program requirements.

Note: Upon completion of a joint graduate pathway, a student will earn two separate degrees, one for each degree.

Faculty Interested in Developing a New Joint Graduate Pathway?

The development and initial approval of all joint graduate pathways resides with the program faculty in the specific schools and colleges involved. Faculty interested in developing a joint degree program should contact Jennifer Buchanan in the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement.

Joint Graduate Pathway Name


JD/MS in Law and Aquatic Environmental Science/Oceanography Law/Arts and Sciences
JD/MBA in Law and Business Administration Law/ Business
JD/MSI in Law and Information Law/ Comm and Info
JD/MS in Law and Information Technology Law/ Comm and Info
JD/MA in Law and International Affairs Law/ Social Sciences
JD/MPA in Law and Public Administration Law/ Social Sciences
JD/MSW in Law and Social Work Law/Social Work
JD/MSP in Law and Urban and Regional Planning Law/ Social Sciences
JD/MS in Law and Sport Management Law/ Education, Health, and Human Sciences
JM/MS in Juris Masters and Sport Management Law/ Education, Health, and Human Sciences
MPA/ MS in Public Administration and Criminology Social Sciences/ Criminology
MSP/ MS in Urban and Regional Planning and Demography Social Sciences / Social Sciences
MSP/MS in Urban and Regional Planning and International Affairs Social Sciences / Social Sciences
MSP/ MPA in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Administration Social Sciences / Social Sciences
MSP/ MPH in Urban and Regional Planning and Public Health Social Sciences / Social Sciences
MSP/MSGIS in Urban and Regional Planning/Geography Social Sciences / Social Sciences
MSW/ MBA in Social Work (Social Leadership Traditional or Advanced) and Business Administration Social Work/ Business
MSW/ MPA in Social Work (Social Leadership Traditional or Advanced) and Public Administration Social Work/ Social Sciences
MSW/ MS in Social Work (Clinical Traditional or Advanced) and Criminology Social Work/ Criminology
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