Concurrent & Combined Degree Programs

Concurrent Degree Programs (within UC Berkeley)

Students who wish to examine the law in an interdisciplinary context may arrange to pursue a J.D. degree at Berkeley Law School and a master’s degree in certain other schools or departments on the Berkeley campus.

The J.D. and a master’s degree can be earned in four instead of five years. The law school requires students to be in residence for their full first year and strongly suggests that students complete the first two years of law school before leaving for another program. The law school also prefers that students be enrolled here in their final semester. Whether students choose to begin at the law school or in their master’s program is at their discretion. However, it is highly advisable to discuss in advance the planned curriculum and schedule with the Berkeley Law Dean of Students.  

Note that concurrent J.D.-Ph.D. programs usually are not available because the required completion time exceeds the four years allowed for a concurrent program. 

You must apply and be admitted independently to both departments. Applications either may be submitted concurrently in the same year, or they can be submitted sequentially, one year after the other. Applications to the law school are welcome from students who are in their first year in one of the other participating schools or departments. In accordance with our GRE and GMAT policy, you may apply to the JD program with a valid GRE or GMAT score in lieu of the LSAT.

It is important that you notify both the Dean of Students and the Financial Aid Office if you are pursuing a concurrent degree. We encourage you to review financial aid and tuition information for concurrent degree programs

Degrees Offered Berkeley School or Department

J.D./M.A.

Asian Studies (510) 642-0333

Energy and Resources Group (510) 642-1640

J.D./M.B.A.

Walter A. Haas School of Business Administration
(510) 642-1405

J.D./M.C.P. Department of City and Regional Planning  (510) 643-9440
J.D./M.J. Graduate School of Journalism (510) 642-3383
J.D./M.P.P. Goldman School of Public Policy (510) 642-1940
J.D./J.S.P.

Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) (510) 642-3771

Although the JSP department is connected to the law school, it is possible for law students to obtain a J.D. and master’s degree with the JSP program upon petition. As with the other concurrent programs, separate application and admission to each are required. 

More information about combining JSP and J.D. degrees is available on this website.

J.D./M.S.W.

 Social Welfare (510) 642-9042

Combined Degree Programs (outside of UC Berkeley)

Some students opt to pursue a J.D. at Berkeley and a master’s degree at another institution. We have approved combined degree programs with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (MALD) and The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (MPP). Students who are enrolled in their first year at Berkeley Law, the Fletcher School, or the Kennedy School may participate in one of the combined degree programs upon admission to one of the other schools. Interested candidates must submit separate applications to the respective schools. Each school will review candidates based on its own admission criteria. Once admitted to both schools, students should coordinate their combined degree programs with the Dean of Students at Berkeley Law and the admissions and student affairs offices at the other institution.  

It is important that you notify both the Dean of Students and the Financial Aid Office if you are pursuing a combined degree. We encourage you to review financial aid and tuition information for combined degree programs

FAQs

You may apply:

(1) Simultaneously to both programs (i.e. you submit both the JD application and the Masters degree application to the other program during the same application cycle).

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(2) During your first year of the Masters program.

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(3) During your first or second year of the JD program, depending on the degree program.

No. Each school or department requires a separate application and will review applications and render an admissions decision independently. Note that each degree program has different admissions processes and requirements. It’s best to reach out to each program to inquire about admissions requirements and deadlines. 

Yes. In accordance with our GRE and GMAT policy, you may apply to the JD program with a valid GRE or GMAT score, if it was required for admission to the other program. 

Concurrent J.D.-Ph.D. programs usually are not available because the required completion time exceeds the four years allowed for a concurrent program. We recommend completing each degree program separately. If you have questions, please contact our Dean of Students

The Law School does not offer any concurrent degrees with PhD programs. If you would like to discuss how to fit a JD into your current PhD studies, please contact the Dean of Students.

No. All the concurrent programs that the Law School offers with UC Berkeley masters programs are listed above. It is not possible for students to create their own concurrent degree program with another UC Berkeley masters program. 

Gift aid and financial aid decisions are made independently by each program. All students who apply to the J.D. program are considered for non-loan aid through the gift aid review process. That said, gift aid intended for the J.D. program for students who pursue the J.D. degree concurrently or combined with another program is limited to less than six semesters of eligibility. In cases where the J.D. and a master’s degree is earned in four instead of five years, gift aid from Berkeley Law is limited to a maximum of five (5) terms. When accepting Berkeley Law Gift Aid, students certify that they understand that they must notify the Berkeley Law Financial Aid Office if they plan to pursue a concurrent or dual degree, and must consult with the Berkeley Law Dean of Students regarding their enrollment plans. 

More information about gift aid and tuition for dual degree students can be found here.