Joint Degree Programs

Washington University offers many joint-degree options with the University's other highly respected graduate schools. Students can design a joint degree to meet their individual interests by combining law with another master's program in the university.

Cristen Sargant
Cristen Sargant

Cristen Sargent (at left), received her master's in social work and J.D. in 2008.  To learn about the experience of another recent joint degree candidate, James W. Hofman, IIread his essay online.

The School of Law and the participating departments work together so that a student can earn a J.D. and a master's or doctoral degree in another discipline in considerably less time than one would need to pursue each degree separately. Applicants must gain admission to each program independently and therefore might need to take separate entrance exams for example the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admission Test, in addition to the Law School Admission Test. The School of Law accepts up to 9 credit hours earned in the other division toward the J.D. degree, as long as the J.D. is finished at the same time or immediately following the master's degree. The other divisions accept varying amounts of credit earned in the law school toward the master's degree.

In addition to these intra-university joint degree programs, the School of Law also offers the Transnational Law Program, by which students study law for four years at WU Law and one or more of its European partners.

For admission to the Joint Degree Program:

A separate application must be submitted to both the law school and the non-law degree program.  Please indicate to both schools, at the time you apply, that you are seeking admission as a joint-degree candidate. The Law School's Admissions Office can be reached by email at admiss@wulaw.wustl.edu, or by calling the Admissions Office at (314) 935-4525 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). The School of Law will grant all current Washington University graduate students who wish to pursue a joint degree an application fee waiver.

The Joint Degree Society

The objective of the Joint Degree Society is to provide both current and potential Washington University graduate students with easy access to information regarding the joint degree application process, credit requirements, course requirements and financial aid information. The group encourages interaction between graduate and professional students from different disciplines in order to facilitate network building. As part of this effort, the Joint Degree Society sponsors public service activities, brings celebrated speakers to campus, and pursues relevant fundraising activities.

   
John M. Olin School of Business
Washington University
Campus Box 1133
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
(314) 935-7301
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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Washington University
Campus Box 1187
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St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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George Warren Brown
School of Social Work
Washington University
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One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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http://gwbweb.wustl.edu/