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A joint degree program is an excellent opportunity for motivated students to simultaneously earn both their law degree and a Master’s degree from TU in less time than it would take to pursue each degree separately.

Joint Degrees

Joint Degree Requirements

Candidates must be accepted to both the College of Law and the Graduate School independently and satisfy each college’s admission criteria. Once accepted independently to each college, a student’s applications for admission will be reviewed by a joint degree committee consisting of the associate dean for student affairs in the College of Law, the graduate program adviser from the complementary discipline, and the dean of the Graduate School. If the committee determines that a student is qualified to undertake a joint degree, the student will be notified by both colleges of acceptance into a joint degree program.

The first year of study in a joint degree program is typically in the College of Law. In rare situations where a student takes their first year of study in the complementary discipline, it must be with the approval of the joint degree committee. Subsequent to the first year of study, typically in the College of Law, a student must meet with the associate dean for student affairs in the College of Law and the respective associate dean or chair in the complementary discipline to enroll. Each college will be responsible for ensuring that a student satisfies that college’s graduation requirements, and each joint degree administer will meet with the joint degree administrator of the other colleges annually to determine satisfactory academic progress for a joint degree student.

Pre-Matriculation

  • An accepted candidate must maintain a cumulative law GPA of 2.00 and a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 to remain in both programs.
  • An accepted candidate must maintain comportment in a manner consistent with the expectations of the legal profession and remain in good standing with The University of Tulsa.
  • A student who is a recipient of a law scholarship must be enrolled in law credit hours in each semester in order to maintain the scholarship.
  • A student may not enroll in more than 16 hours of credit in any regular semester and 10 hours of credit in any summer semester. The extra work associated with graduate courses needs to be considered and full time enrollment in the Graduate School is 9 credit hours per semester.
  • A student accepted to a joint degree program will be charged the applicable tuition rate for law unless the student is enrolled exclusively in graduate courses.
  • A student cannot complete a joint degree program in less than six regular semesters and two summer semesters, but both degrees must be completed within six calendar years.
  • The recommended course of study is four years. Both degrees must be completed before either is awarded.

Post-Matriculation

  • An accepted candidate must maintain a cumulative law GPA of 2.00 and a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 to remain in both programs.
  • An accepted candidate must maintain comportment in a manner consistent with the expectations of the legal profession and remain in good standing with the University of Tulsa.
  • A student who is a recipient of a law scholarship must be enrolled in law credit hours in each semester in order to maintain the scholarship.
  • A student may not enroll in more than 16 hours of credit in any regular semester and 10 hours of credit in any summer semester. The extra work associated with graduate courses needs to be considered and full time enrollment in the Graduate School is 9 credit hours per semester.
  • A student accepted to a joint degree program will be charged the applicable tuition rate for law unless the student is enrolled exclusively in graduate courses.
  • A student cannot complete a joint degree program in less than six regular semesters and two summer semesters, but both degrees must be completed within six calendar years.
  • The recommended course of study is four years. Both degrees must be completed before either is awarded.
Application Procedure
  • Submit an application for admission to the College of Law at LSAC.org, which requires at least two letters of recommendation, a copy of your transcript reflecting all coursework completed, and personal statement.
  • Apply for an application fee waiver with TU College of Law.
  • Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), which is offered four times a year.
  • Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Please note, all candidates must arrange for a copy of their TU undergraduate transcript to be sent to LSAC so that it may be incorporated into the CAS report.
  • If admitted to the College of Law, the first year of study (30 hours of credit) will be in the College of Law. After the first semester of study in the College of Law, a student who is interested in pursuing a joint degree should contact the Graduate School for information about the admission process.
  • In order to be considered for admission, the student must have a letter of recommendation from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Law. The letter must certify that the student has demonstrated satisfactory academic progress and has exhibited the character and fitness to pursue a joint degree program.
  • A student must complete the admission process required for the joint degree and must take the GRE or GMAT in order to be admitted. The GRE and/or GMAT may be waived at the discretion of the Graduate School.
  • If a student is admitted into a graduate program, the Graduate School will notify the College of Law. The College of Law will advise the student that they have been admitted to the joint degree program.
  • After the first year of study in the College of Law, a student will take law classes and classes in the graduate curriculum. Each semester, enrollment must be approved by the Associate Dean for Student
  • Affairs in the College of Law and the enrollment adviser to the graduate program. A student may not be enrolled in more than 16 hours of credit in both programs combined.
  • Both the JD degree and the Master’s degree will be conferred after all the requirements for each program have been met and all grades have been certified by the University’s Office of Enrollment and Registration.