Joint Degree Programs

Marquette University offers several joint degree programs for law students. Please remember that a candidate seeking to apply for any joint degree option must file and complete two separate applications: one for the Law School and one for the other school or degree/certificate program.

The descriptions below provide contact information for these programs. Unless otherwise noted, the LSAT cannot be used as an entrance exam for any of these programs. Instead, a student must complete a separate entrance exam for each particular program. If you would like to talk to someone from the law school about these programs please contact

Director of Admissions and Recruitment Stephanie Nikolay
Room 132C
Phone: (414) 288-8062


The Law School, in conjunction with the College of Business Administration, offers a program of joint study leading to a Juris Doctorate degree and an MBA degree. Joint program students complete 81 credit hours in the Law School and 28 Business credit hours beyond required foundation courses in the MBA program. Up to 21 hours of a JD/MBA student's course work will count jointly toward both degrees (12 hours of Law School credit may be applied to MBA requirements and as many as nine hours of MBA credits may be applied to JD elective requirements).More information can be found on the Business School's website.

M.B.A. Contact Person:
Cheryl Nelson, Graduate Student Advisor
Phone: (414) 288-7145

J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Business

The joint JD/MBA in Sports Business is offered through Marquette University's Law School and College of Business Administration. The program enables students to earn both degrees in less time than if each degree were pursued separately. By also earning the National Sports Law Institute's Sports Law Certificate, Marquette students have the opportunity to combine their knowledge of sports law with a graduate business education that will provide them with a unique package of educational credentials that promises to be attractive to sports industry employers. Graduates will acquire knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical legal and business issues likely to be encountered by sport organizations in the 21st century. The hallmark of the joint degree program is the readily transferable legal and business knowledge and skills learned in both progams, which can be applied to a wide range of employment opportunities outside the sports industry. Students interested in participating in the JD/MBA in Sports Business joint degree program must separately apply to and be accepted into Marquette's JD and MBA programs. Students generally enroll at Marquette University Law School and complete the required first year law curriculum before beginning to take classes in the MBA program, or any sports law courses that are available for second or third year law students. Typically, students enrolled in the joint JD/MBA in Sports Business program will take between 4 and 5 years to complete the requirements to receive both degrees. However, students have up to 6 years to complete the MBA degree, and up to 4 years to complete the JD requirements (6 years for part-time students). Additional information on this joint program can be found here

J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Business Contact Person:
Professor Paul Anderson
Phone: (414) 288-5816

J.D./M.A. Political Science and J.D./M.A. International Affairs

The joint JD/MA Program in Law and Political Science or International Affairs allows students to complete the two degrees in four years, whereas pursuing them separately would require five years. This is possible because students in the program are allowed to count 9 hours of political science credits toward the law degree and 9 hours of law credits toward their political science degree. More information is available here. MA Degree in Political Science or International Affairs for Lawyers: The Political Science Department also offers an MA for Lawyers. Applicants to either MA program who have already completed a JD will be considered to have completed 9 hours of cognate credits which will count toward the 30 hours of credits required for an MA in Political Science or International Affairs. This will substantially shorten their course of study. Applications for this program are considered solely by the Department of Political Science.

Political Science Contact Person:
Lowell Barrington, Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (414) 288-6842/(414) 288-5234

J.D./M.A. Social and Applied Philosophy and J.D./M.A. History of Philosophy

The Law School, in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy, offers a program of joint study leading to a Juris Doctorate degree and a master's degree in philosophy. Joint program students complete 81 credit hours in the Law School, 21 credit hours in philosophy, and nine credit hours in joint program courses, which allow the students to complete both degrees in four years instead of the five years it would take if the degrees were pursued separately. Additional details about the J.D./M.A. program may be found here.

Philosophy Dept. Contact Person:
Dr. Pol Vandervelde, Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: 414-288-5962

Center for Dispute Resolution: Law Students Seeking the DIRS Certificate

The Law School , in conjunction with the Center for Dispute Resolution Education, offers a program of concurrent study leading to a Certificate in Dispute Resolution (C.D.R.) and a Juris Doctor degree. Students seeking admission to the joint program must apply to both the Law School and the Graduate School and must meet the admission requirements for both.Concurrent program students must have completed 27 credit hours at the Law School with a cumulative average of 2.0 before entering the graduate program in Dispute Resolution (DIRS). Law students could take any of the courses offered by DIRS for up to nine law school credits. Students will be able to apply the nine credits taken in DIRS towards their Juris Doctor degree. A total of 15 credits are required for the C.D.R. Additional details about the Certificate program can be found here.

Center for Dispute Resolution Contact Person:
Eva Soeka, Director
Phone: (414) 288-5535