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Joint Degrees

The curriculum of the law school and the university offer Juris Doctor (JD) candidates a variety of opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary studies.

Tulane law students may pursue one of several joint degree programs established with the School of Social Work, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the A.B. Freeman School of Business, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Students may petition the Law School and another division of Tulane University to permit other joint degree programs. Possibilities include the JD in combination with MA degrees offered by several of the School of Liberal Arts or the School of Science and Engineering.

Students interested in pursuing these possibilities should confer with the Vice Dean of the Law School and then with the appropriate administrator or faculty member in the other department or division of Tulane University.

JD/Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The four-year Tulane JD/MBA, offered with the Freeman School of Business, provides a broad foundation in business, with courses in negotiations, marketing, operations and supply chain management, and much more.

Earning an MBA alongside the JD increases marketability, provides flexibility and enhances future earning power. The knowledge gained in your MBA coursework will help you connect law and business in your own practice, as well as giving you a greater understanding of your clients’ finances and business needs. In addition to following a traditional career path in law, some recent graduates have become consultants, entered investment banking, or started their own companies.

As an MBA student, you will have access to Freeman’s Career Management Center, which can offer guidance on negotiating a salary in any industry, as well as networking opportunities with a worldwide body of alumni.To learn more about the joint JD/MBA, visit freeman.tulane.edu/jd-mba.

JD/Master of Accounting (MACCT)

This program is directed at students who enter with the appropriate background in accounting and business. Three concentrations or tracks are offered: taxation, information systems, and financial accounting. The MACCT is designed to meet all accounting accreditation requirements and allow students to qualify for the CPA examination in most states.

The accounting prerequisites are Financial Accounting Principles, Managerial/Cost Accounting Principles, and Intermediate Accounting. An undergraduate accounting degree is not required.

Joint degree candidates take a total of 24 semester hours of coursework at the Freeman School of Business, in addition to 82 hours of law coursework. The usual MACCT requirements are reduced from 30 hours to 24 hours in recognition of electives taken at the Law School. MACCT students are required to complete the following at the Freeman School:

  • Financial Accounting Seminars I and II
  • Financial Management
  • Cost Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting: Advanced Decision Models
  • 12 hours of electives leading to a concentration
  • 3 additional hours of accounting electives
  • Questions about the Master of Accounting program should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions & Financial Aid at the A.B. Freeman School of Business.


JD/Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Joint degree candidates must complete a total of 45 semester hours of coursework through the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, in addition to 79 hours of coursework.The required coursework at the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine includes the following:

  • BIOS 6030:   Introduction to Biostatistics
  • GHSD 6050:  Health Systems Concepts
  • GHSD 6120:  Foundations of Management
  • GHSD 6170:  Quality Management in Health Care
  • GHSD 6360:  Human Resources Management
  • GHSD 6380:  Organizational Behavior
  • GHSD 6450:  Health Economics
  • GHSD 6500:  Introduction to Health Care Accounting
  • GHSD 6540:  Managerial Accounting for Health Care Managers
  • GHSD 6550:  Dynamics of Payment Systems – Policy and Function
  • GHSD 6710:  Quantitative Decision Models
  • GHSD 6780:  Information Systems
  • GHSD 6910:  Leadership & Professionalism
  • GHSD 6890:  Health Market Analysis
  • GHSD 7170:  Strategic Planning for Health Care Organizations
  • GHSD 7580:  Financial Management
  • GHSD 7660:  Health Policy Analysis
  • ELECTIVE (1)

Candidates must also take at least three credit hours of health law/health regulation coursework at the Law School as part of the Law School’s required 79 semester hours of credit.

Students must also complete the MHA culminating experience and administrative residency requirements. JD/MHA students complete both degrees in four years.

Questions about the MHA program should be directed to the Department of Global Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine at ghsd@tulane.edu.

JD/Master of Social Work (MSW)

Students who wish to pursue the JD and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees jointly must do so by beginning the joint program at the School of Social Work. The School of Social Work, which normally requires 60 credit hours, grants 6 hours for work completed at the Law School, thereby reducing its own requirements to 54 credit hours. The Law School reduces its requirements from 88 to 79 hours. Completion of both degrees takes four years.

The social work curriculum has foundation and advanced components in nine areas: social work values and ethics; diversity; promotion of social and economic justice; populations at risk; human behavior and the social environment; social work practice; social policy practice; research; and field practicum. During the first year of the MSW program, students enroll in the following courses:

  • Professional Foundations of Social Work
  • Tools for Learning and Practice: Evidence-Based Social Work Practice
  • Theories of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Relationship-Centered Methods for Social Work Practice

Students take advanced courses in crisis intervention and brief treatment; spirituality and social work; cultural competence; clinical work with children and adolescents; psychotherapy practice with couples and family; violence in the family; human sexuality; death and dying; gerontology; and a variety of other treatment-oriented subjects.

Questions about the MSW program should be directed to the School of Social Work.

JD/MA in Latin American Studies

Tulane's Latin American Studies program is considered to be among the top programs in the United States. Some 80 faculty members from throughout the university teach and advise students who are pursuing degrees in Latin American Studies. The program houses one of only three separate and distinct Latin American Studies libraries in the United States.

Students pursuing the joint JD/MA in Latin American Studies must complete 24 semester hours of coursework in graduate courses approved by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. At least one of these courses must be an interdisciplinary, integrating seminar offered by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. An interdisciplinary thesis option is offered in lieu of one three-credit course. Typically, a staff member of the Center for Latin American Studies serves as program advisor for joint JD/MA candidates.

Questions about the MA in Latin American Studies can be directed to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.