Dual Degree Programs

Today's lawyers practice in an environment of increasing complexity. Many specialty areas-including health care, domestic matters, business, and the environment-operate at the intersection of law and other disciplines, calling for specialized knowledge and training. To prepare students for the challenges of this kind of legal work, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law offers several dual-degree programs in partnership with other leading academic institutions in the region.

Candidates for dual-degree programs must meet the separate admissions criteria and degree requirements of each school. Through credit sharing, students in a dual-degree program can satisfy the requirements for degrees in two related disciplines in less time, and at less expense, than would otherwise be possible.

Students interested in a dual-degree program typically apply to both schools at the same time. If admitted to both schools, students enroll in one school and defer the offer of admission to the other school until the following year. However, students who are already enrolled in one school may still develop a dual-degree program.

Dual degree students must receive both degrees at the same time in order to be listed as dual degree recipients in the graduation program. While the School of Law will count up to 9 credits of non-law graduate work toward the JD, whether or not the student is in a dual degree program, the other school may not be able to count law school credits toward the other degree if the degrees are not awarded at the same time.

In addition to the following, other dual-degree programs may be developed for students who request them.

JD/MA (Criminal Justice)

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program prepares students for research, teaching, and professional employment in the operational agencies in the field of criminal justice. It is offered through the Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland College Park. (301) 405-6838 http://www.ccjs.umd.edu/

JD/MA (Liberal Arts)

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts helps students to develop the skills of the liberal arts through the study and discussion of works that are among the richest sources of our Western intellectual tradition. The degree is offered through the Graduate Institute in Liberal Education at St. John's College in Annapolis. (410) 626-2541


The Master of Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for positions of responsibility in industry, commerce, or government, or as preparation for legal careers working with those in such positions.

The University of Maryland Carey School of Law partners with three area MBA programs:


The Community Planning Program brings together an active community of scholars and students to creatively confront the issues facing our cities and metropolitan regions. Through instruction, participation in research, and community interaction, students explore the changing character and critical problems of modern urban development. The curriculum emphasizes student understanding of the political, economic, institutional, and social context within which planners work with a diverse range of stakeholders to develop and implement plans, policies, and programs. Specializations include housing and economic development, land use, growth management and environmental planning, transportation planning, and social planning. The Urban Studies and Planning Program will accept up to 9 credits of JD coursework towards the MCP degree, while the School of Law will grant up to 9 credits of MCP coursework toward the JD.

Applicants must apply to each program separately and be accepted by both programs.  The MCP program requires a grade of B or better in law coursework in order to grant transfer credit. Credits from the MCP program can be transferred to the Law program only if they are taken while the student is enrolled in the Law program and vice versa. This means that students cannot take advantage of the transfer of credits if they have already completed either of the programs.

Applicants for the dual degree in Community Planning/Juris Doctor should use the four-letter code “LCPL” on the online University of Maryland, College Park application for the MCP. Admissions requirements can be found at:

Dr. James Cohen, Director
(301) 405-6795

Michael Brick, Student Affairs Coordinator
(301) 405-6291


The University of Maryland Carey School of Law partners with two MPH programs:

  • The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, is designed to provide students in the professional schools of the University (Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Social Work) with the opportunity for formal training in public health. Students may choose from one of three concentrations — Epidemiology, Community & Population Health, and Global Health. The goal of these concentrations is to emphasize the development of public health skills in core concentration requirement courses that are skills based. Students can select electives to tailor their program of study to their academic interests and career goals.
  • The Master of Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

For more information, contact Lauren Levy, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program, at 410-706-5369.


The Master of Social Work Program exposes students to issues and methods of social work and to the relationships between social work programs and the legal system. It is offered through the School of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore, (410) 706-7922.


The purpose of the Doctor of Pharmacy dual degree program is to facilitate the integration of these two academic programs to prepare students for a diverse range of health care and legal careers. This program is offered through the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland Baltimore. A very useful FAQ about the dual degree program is located at http://www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/academics/dualdegrees/PharmD-JD.html. For more information, you can call the School of Pharmacy Admissions Office at (410) 706-7653 or contact Lauren Levy, Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program at the School of Law (410-706-5369).


Through the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park, students may earn a Master of Public Policy. This program develops the critical and analytical skills necessary to the formulation of public policy and management of public sector and nonprofit programs. Students in the Master of Public Policy program must complete 48 credits of approved courses consisting of a core curriculum, requirements of a chosen specialization, and general electives. You may obtain additional information at policy-applications@umd.edu, (301) 405-6331,  or http://publicpolicy.umd.edu/graduate/admissions/application-process/dual-programs.

JD/Ph.D (Public Policy)

Offered through The University of Maryland Baltimore County. The Law and Public Policy program recognizes that a knowledge of legal and social science, literature, combined with the analytical tools from both fields, is strong preparation for careers in teaching, legislative analysis, or policy positions. The law school will accept nine credits from the policy sciences program, and policy sciences will normally accept 6 - 9 law credits at the master's level 12 - 15 law credits at the Ph.D. level. Additional information may be found at: Admissions: (410) 455-2537 Program: (410) 455-3202 http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/programs/pub_pol.html

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