Joint Degree Program

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Earn both a J.D. and another master's degree in three years.

Once you have completed your first year at the School of Law, you are eligible to apply for one of our nine joint degree programs, which allows you to get your Juris Doctor in three years along with another master's degree.

Joint Degree Options

Master of Environmental Law and Policy (M.E.L.P.)

We offer a dual degree program that allows you to earn two degrees in three years: a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from USD and a M.E.L.P. from Vermont Law School, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best environmental law school in the country.

This unique opportunity will prepare you for a career in environmental law, which focuses on ethics, legislation and advocacy issues behind the human impact on the environment. With this joint degree, you could find yourself:

  • Developing government policies regarding pollution
  • Prosecuting businesses or people in violation of environmental law
  • Advocating for industries like farming or fisheries

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Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The M.B.A. program prepares you to adapt to changing environments, make decisions and develop leadership ability and social responsibility in business and use analytical skill. A Juris Doctor (J.D.) combined with an M.B.A. can benefit your career in:

  • Business law
  • Corporate counsel
  • Banking
  • Health care administration

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Master of Arts in Educational Administration

Our Master of Arts in educational administration program educates law students in the area of elementary through post-secondary education.

Graduates may go on to work with:

  • Boards of education
  • School districts
  • Legislation pertaining to education
  • School finance and administration

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Master of Arts in English

Our joint degree uses the English specialties of exposition, argumentation and critical analysis of literature to give law students the skills to properly research, prepare and present briefs. Students with interdisciplinary training in both English and law will be better prepared for careers in both government agencies and private industry.

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Master of Arts in History

Historians with legal training are exceedingly rare and there is an increasing number of career opportunities in public service for those who have this interdisciplinary background. These include employment in areas like:

  • National and state government agencies
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Civil rights
  • Indian law

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Master of Arts in Political Science

Public service careers are among the opportunities available to those who have a combination of law and political science training. These opportunities include employment in:

  • National, state and local governmental agencies
  • Planning
  • Personnel
  • Financial administration
  • Public relations

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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration joint degree program provides students with a wide range of professional opportunities. Our graduates serve at all levels of government and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.

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Master of Professional Accountancy

The Master of Professional Accountancy joint degree program provides specialized training in accounting and related fields for those who wish to prepare for a career in public accounting, industry, government service or accounting education.

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Master of Arts in Psychology (non-certified)

Since both psychology and law deal with human behavior, our joint J.D. and Master of Arts program in law and psychology provides a unique opportunity for those interested in incorporating psychology into their legal training.

Students trained in both law and clinical psychology are exceptionally qualified to work in the areas of:

  • Professional ethics
  • Individual rights
  • Community relations
  • Family law
  • Child advocacy

Lawyers with backgrounds in social psychology are especially skilled in constitutional law, testimony and in such technical areas as jury selection. There are also other opportunities in fields such as personnel selection, industrial relations, product safety and environmental issues.

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Master of Science in Administrative Studies (M.S.A.)

Our M.S.A. degree is a cross-disciplinary program which prepares students for administrative roles in public service-oriented organizations. Our students learn to lead organizations, solve problems and consider the ethical and legal implications of their decisions.. The program benefits mid-career professionals working in a variety of settings, including:

  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit and social service organizations
  • Health care
  • Education
  • Private sector organizations that provide public services

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