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Dual Degrees

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J.D./M.B.A. Program

Boston College Law School and the Carroll School of Management at Boston College offer a combined J.D./M.B.A. program for the lawyer who also wishes to be trained as a business professional. Credit for one semester in the M.B.A. program is given toward the J.D. degree, and credit for one semester in the law school is given toward the M.B.A. degree. Both degrees can be obtained within four academic years rather than the five required for completing the two degrees separately. Interested students may obtain information from the law school's admissions office. Students will need to apply to and be admitted by each school independently. For information on the M.B.A. program, contact the Carroll School of Management, at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167.

J.D./M.S.W. Program

Boston College Law School and the Boston College School of Social Work offer a program leading to both Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work degrees in four rather than the usual five years. The joint J.D./M.S.W. is designed for students interested in serving the legal and social welfare needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. Students are required to be independently admitted to both schools. Interested students may obtain additional information about the M.S.W. program by contacting the Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167.

J.D./M.Ed. or M.A. in Education

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The dual degree program in Law and Education is designed for students who are interested in serving the combined legal and educational needs for students, families and communities in our nation. The program reflects the university's mission to promote social justice and to prepare men and women for service to others. Both the J.D. and M.Ed can be obtained in three years through this program, and designed to serve the needs of persons who wish to combine knowledge about education and applied psychology with legal knowledge and skills to better serve their clients and constituencies. Applicants to this program must apply separately for admission to each school. To apply to the Lynch Graduate School of Education, please contact their admissions office at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167.

J.D./M.A. or J.D./Ph.D. Philosophy Program

These programs are designed for students who have an interest in legal theory and jurisprudence, and who may eventually wish to go into law teaching in those fields. Students may complete their law degree and masters in philosophy in four years of joint study, or law and Ph.D. in six years. Students must apply to both the law school and masters or Ph.D. program in the philosophy department of Boston College.

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J.D./M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Land law and urban and environmental policy and planning open up an array of modern areas of professional practice. In this innovative program BC students can receive two degrees—a Master of Arts and a Juris Doctor (M.A./J.D.) in just eight semesters. Planning skills (including policy analysis) are critical in guiding development patterns, and law frames the mechanisms and limits of private and governmental roles inthis process. Students are immersed in practical skills training; in broad debates and critical thinking about the environment, human settlements, social and environmental justice; corporate responsibility; and public and private land use management—all shaped by by constitutional, equitable, and pragmatic principles.

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The M.A./J.D. is offered through a collaboration between the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) and the Boston College Law School. There is currently no graduate program in New England which offers the combined strengths of this program.

In the dual degree program, students meet regularly with the program coordinator and the respective academic advisors from both Schools in planningband implementing an overall course of study that matches the student’s background, interests, and requirements of the program. Advisors at both Schools collaborate, under the auspices of an advisory committee, to ensure that students receive accurate and timely support in the dual degree program. Students are eligible for financial assistance based on current policies at each University.

Entrance Requirements and Admission

To join the dual degree program students need to submit separate applications to each program. Students in the Boston College JD program can wait until their second year before applying to the Tufts degree program. Each school reviews candidates based on its own requirements and criteria. For detailed information on the requirements for the UEP master’s degree, contact Tufts Admissions at

J.D./Master of Public Health

Our program, in partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine, gives students the flexibility to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in the legal and public health fields, while completing their degrees in four years instead of five.

The challenges facing the public health field include:

  • Improving access and quality of care while lowering costs
  • Controlling international epidemics such as Ebola
  • Addressing the growing impact of climate change
  • Fully implementing the Affordable Care Act 
  • Medicaid expansion, Medicare reform, the new state and federal insurance exchanges
  • Difficult questions around new technologies and intellectual property rights, respect for individual privacy, and bioethical concerns

Issues like these at the intersection of health law and policy call for expertise that our joint JD/MPH program offers--the kind of rare but much needed interdisciplinary training that begins in the classroom and extends into the real world.

The joint study of law and public health provides a foundation for students seeking to:

  • Study the finance and delivery of health care at the systemic or individual level
  • Engage in issues of global health, including balancing the needs of public health with the right to personal autonomy
  • Focus more specifically on:
        Environmental regulation
        Domestic and comparative health care law, policy, and equity
        Maternal and child health care
        Human rights, including gender identity and the right to health care
        Interpersonal violence
        Regulation of emerging technologies or of medical drug, devices and food safety
        Global and transnational harmonization of laws and regulations

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