Joint Degree Programs

The joint degree program allows students to pursue both a Juris Doctor and a Masters degree. Students normally start their Masters program after their 1L year and students must apply to each program separately. It takes students an average four years to complete both degrees, but it is a shorter period of time than if the students tried to complete the degrees separately. 

Joint Degree Policies

Tracking Sheets

Bottom Third


Joint Degree Policies

Credit limits

Keep in mind as you plan your schedule that business classes count towards ABA and program limits on the number of credits a student may take. Quarter credits count as 2/3 of a semester credit, so 6 quarter credits = 4-semester credits.

The ABA limit on total credits is 18 in a fall or spring semester and 9 in the summer. High credit loads require overload permission. Students working more than 20 hours a week for pay may not enroll in more than 12 credits in a fall or spring semester and 7 in the summer.

Financial Aid

If you receive financial aid or scholarships, discuss your plans with Student Financial Services. Any scholarships awarded are only for three years and are only applicable to law school courses. Additionally, students need to consider how taking both quarter and semester courses may affect financial aid. 

Grading

Students must earn a "B" or better in any graduate course in order for it to count as crossover course.

Graduation

You must have completed both degrees in order to receive either one. You may not sit for the Washington State Bar until your law degree is posted. 


Joint Degree Tracking Sheets

Please use the tracking sheets below to help determine courses that will count as crossover courses for each degree program. If there is a course that is not the approved list, you can petition Dean Deming for her approval. Please provide her with the course description and syllabus (if available). She will determine if the course can count as a crossover course. 

Here is a complete list of all approved crossover courses for all programs.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Master of Business Administration

Master of Professional Accounting

Master of Science in Finance

Masters in Public Administration

Masters in Sports Administration and  Leadership

Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership


Joint Degree Students in the Bottom Third

Joint Degree students in the bottom third of their class are still held to the same standard as all students in the bottom third. Please see requirements below.


FULL-TIME STUDENTS:
During their 2L YEAR, identified full-time students must take:

  • Trusts, Estates, and Enhanced Analytic Skills (4 credits) This course is offered in the Fall 2017 Semester only. Joint degree students taking law classes in the fall semester after their 1L year are required to take this course but may petition to defer.

  • Evidence (4 credits) This course must be taken in any semester before the start of the student's final year.

  • Professional Responsibility (3 credits) This course must be taken in any semester before the start of the student's final year.

During their FINAL YEAR, identified full-time students must take:

  • Bar Exam Skills and Strategies (2 credits)

  • Remedies (3 credits)

At any time PRIOR TO GRADUATION identified full-time students must take:

  • Business Entities (3-4 credits)

  • TWO additional courses from a list of foundational/bar-tested courses designated by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in consultation with the ARC Team. 2017-18 courses include: Civil Procedure II, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Procedure (Investigative or Adjudicative), Real Estate Transactions, UCC Sales, and UCC Secured Transactions. 

PART-TIME STUDENTS:
Prior to completing 60 LAW CREDITS, identified part-time students must take:

  • Trusts, Estates, and Enhanced Analytic Skills (4 credits) This course is offered in the Fall Semester only. 

  • Evidence (4 credits) This course must be taken in any semester before the start of the student's final year. 

  • Professional Responsibility (3 credits) Same rule as Evidence - must be taken before final year. Evening sections planned for each semester.

Prior to completing 78 LAW CREDITS, identified part-time students must take:

  • Bar Exam Skills and Strategies (2 credits)

  • Remedies 3 credits);

At any time PRIOR TO GRADUATION identified part-time students must take:

  • Business Entities (3 or 4 credits)

  • TWO additional courses from a list of foundational/bar-tested courses designated by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in consultation with the ARC Team. 2017-18 courses include: Civil Procedure II, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Procedure (Investigative or Adjudicative), Real Estate Transactions, UCC Sales, and UCC Secured Transactions.