Dual JD/MSF

Dual Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Finance

Students in the full-time JD program of the James E. Rogers College of Law at The University of Arizona campus are eligible to complete dual degree programs with the Eller College of Management Master's in Finance. This program allows students to count certain coursework toward both degree programs, reducing the total number of credit hours and courses required to obtain both degrees.

Students typically complete the first year JD requirements, a fall semester of MSF coursework, followed by the remaining JD and MSF track course requirements, and by the MSF project in the summer after completing the JD program.

Students may elect to complete their Master's in Finance coursework during the three year JD program, or to graduate with the JD degree in May, completing the MSF project over the summer and graduating with the MSF degree in December.

Requirements

The student must apply to and be admitted to both the JD program and the MSF program. Students may apply to the MSF program during the first semester of the JD program.

University policy on dual degrees stipulates that a maximum of 50% of the credit hours for the shorter program may be counted toward both degrees. By agreement, the JD/MSF degree requires a total of 106 units: the 79 units of JD course work, to include 9 units of finance-related law college electives, plus an additional 27 units of required Finance courses, to include 9 units of finance courses applied to the JD requirements.

Summary

JD Degree requirements: 88 units of course work

MSF Degree requirements: 36 units (30 units of course work plus a 6-unit summer project
                                                      or 36 units of coursework)

However: 9 units of JD finance-related course work can be counted toward the MSF and
               9 units of Finance course work can be counted toward the JD.

Therefore, to receive the dual degree, the following are required:

  • For the JD degree:

    70 units of course work taken from the JD curriculum
    9 units of coursework taken from thd JD curriculum to count toward the JD and MSF* 
    9 units of 500-level Finance electives* (not including FIN 510, FIN 525, or FIN 909)
     
    88 units meets requirement for the JD degree
  • For the JD/MSF degree: In addition to the 18 units above* that count toward the MSF, 

    12 units in Finance (not including FIN 510) 
    6 units of MSF Project course work (FIN 909) or 6 units in Finance (not including FIN 510)
     
    18 units 

    106 Total Units

summary page of the Dual JD/MSF requirements is available.

Courses

Specific courses required for the MSF degree depend on the chosen track of study (see Master's in Finance > Curriculum > Tracks). You must meet the requirements of your chosen MSF track.

Exceptions:

  1. FIN510A and FIN510B, Finance, do not count toward the JD or MSF degree.
  2. FIN525, Empirical Financial Methods does not count toward the JD degree.
  3. FIN909, Finance Master's Project does not count toward the JD degree.

Plan of Study

To be considered for a Dual JD/MSF, you must:

  • Apply to the MSF program during the first semester of the JD program.
     
  • Draft a Plan of Study outlining your coursework in four categories: 
    JD (70 units), JD finance-related law electives (9 units), dual JD/MSF finance courses (9 units) and MSF (12 course units plus 6 project units or 18 course units). 


    The Plan of Study should outline your plans for completing 106 credit hours meeting the requirements above and should be submitted to Kay Ross, Director, Graduate Programs, Finance Department. It is strongly recommended that you complete this plan during your first semester in the MBA program to ensure that you meet the requirements of both degrees. However, it must be completed no later than early Spring semester of your second year in the JD program.

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