Joint Degrees

When it comes to standing out in a crowded marketplace, a joint degree can have a big impact. -- In less time than it takes to pursue each degree individually, you can graduate with two degrees.

The first is a J.D. degree from the McKinney School of Law, complete with the theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on experience that all of our graduates receive. The second is a graduate degree from one of our seven partner schools.

The second degree imparts an extensive knowledge base and a skill set that gives you a substantial edge over your competition and prepares you well for a career in a specialized field.

More information about each is listed below...


JD/MBA: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Business Administration

If you want to practice law involving business clients, work in a corporate law department, or work in a government agency regulating business, this is the degree for you. As a candidate in this program, you will spend your first year in law school and then take graduate business courses and law courses concurrently for the remainder of the program.

Requirements: 80 credit hours of law courses; 39 credit hours of business courses.

For additional information contact:

Kelley School of Business Graduate Programs
Business/SPEA Building 3024
801 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5151
Phone: (317) 274-4895
Fax: (317) 274-2483
Email: mbaindy@iupui.edu

JD/MPA: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Public Affairs

This program prepares you to understand and work within the legal and managerial frameworks of public service, nonprofit, and quasi-governmental institutions. In the final year of the program, you’ll complete a research paper on a topic in both areas of study that will be supervised by faculty advisors from both schools.

Requirements: 84 credit hours of law courses; 34 credit hours of SPEA courses; research paper.

For additional information contact:

School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Business/SPEA Building 3027
801 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5150
Phone: 317-274-4656
E-mail: INFOSPEA@iupui.edu

Cynthia A. Baker, Professor of Law
Director, Program on Law and State Government
Faculty Advisor and Joint J.D./M.P.A. Degree Liaison
IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-278-2357
Email: cabaker@iupui.edu

JD/MHA: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Health Administration

Pursue this program if you want to become a health lawyer or health care administrator. It will prepare you to understand and manage the legal and administrative structures of health services. 

You will be required to attain a specialization and complete a research paper on a topic in both areas of study, supervised by faculty advisors from both schools. As a candidate in this program, you will complete the first 31 credits in the law school and divide remaining coursework between the two schools.

Requirements: 82 credit hours of law courses; 45 credit hours of Department of Public Health courses; research paper.

For additional information contact:

IU Department of Public Health
714 N. Senate, EF 250
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5150
Phone: 317-274-3126

JD/MPH: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Public Health

This program can help you to understand and shape the role of the law in promoting public health. It can also help you to pursue a career in regulating the financing and delivery of health care services. Professional opportunities include government health or environmental agencies, private firms, and universities. 

As a candidate in this program, you will study law courses your first year, mostly public health courses your second year, and primarily law courses in your third and fourth years, including internships in health or environmental law. 

You will also be required to complete a research paper on a topic that addresses both law and health. This paper satisfies both the Advanced Research and Writing Requirement in the School of Law and the concentration project in the Department of Public Health.

Requirements: 82 credit hours of law courses; 37 credit hours of public health courses; research paper.

For additional information contact:

IU Department of Public Health
Regenstrief Health Center
1050 Wishard Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2872
Phone: 317-278-0337

JD/MD: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Doctor of Medicine

The joint J.D./M.D. program is designed to enable you to obtain dual J.D. and M.D. degrees in six years instead of seven years and provides you with valuable interdisciplinary work experience in the areas of public health, health policy, and life sciences.  

You will be required to gain independent acceptance to the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Requirements: 84 credit hours of law courses; 6 credit hours of medical courses.

For additional information contact:

Hall Center for Law and Health
IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 136D
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225
Phone: 317-274-1951
Email: centerlh@iupui.edu

JD/MSW: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Social Work

This program provides you with unique knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of serving vulnerable populations and combating injustice. 

As a candidate in this program, you will study law courses during your first year. Your second year will be spent primarily in the School of Social Work pursuing the required core curriculum for the M.S.W. degree. 

You will be required to complete a concentration in the School of Social Work in the second through fourth years of the program, which includes a social work practicum/internship.You will also be required to write a research paper on a topic that addresses the fields of law and social work and is designed to meet the advanced writing requirements of the law school.

Requirements: 82 credit hours of law courses; 51 credit hours of social work courses; social work practicum/internship; research paper.

For additional information contact:

Sherry Gass, M.S.W.
M.S.W. Student Affairs Coordinator
IU School of Social Work
902 W. New York St., ES 4133
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-274-6727
Email: stgass@iupui.edu

JD/MA: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Arts in Philosophy with a Concentration in Health Law and Bioethics

This program provides a unique and valuable perspective on the field of bioethics by combining the philosophical study of bioethics with a legal education. 

As a candidate, you will spend your first year in law school, adding courses from the IU Department of Philosophy during the second year. In addition to the basic required law school courses, you must complete the requirements for the Concentration in Health Law and Bioethics. 

The capstone project for this joint degree program will be a paper in a topic that addresses the fields of law and bioethics. This paper will satisfy both the advanced research and writing requirement at the law school and the thesis/research project in the Department of Philosophy.

Requirements: 84 credit hours of law courses; 30 hours of coursework in the Department of Philosophy. See JD/MA requirements:

For additional information contact:

Dr. Jason T. Eberl
Department of Philosophy, IUPUI
Cavanaugh 331
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140
Phone: 317-278-9239

JD/MLS: Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Library Science

The demand for law librarians with dual degrees in law and library and information science has increased dramatically in recent years. The joint J.D./M.L.S. degree prepares you for a career as a law librarian in academic, governmental, and law firm settings. 

As a candidate in this program, you will study law courses during your first year, adding courses from the the Department of Library and Information Science in the School of Informatics and Computing during the remaining three years. 

You will be required to participate in a law library internship and write a research paper covering a topic that is relevant to both areas and supervised by faculty members from both schools.

Requirements: 84 credit hours of law courses; 30 credit hours of library and information science courses; research paper; law library internship. 

For additional information contact:

Department of Library and Information Science
IU School of Informatics and Computing
University Libraries
755 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5195
Phone: 317-278-2375
Fax: 317-278-1807