Combination Degree Programs

We offer combined degree programs with a number of different graduate programs at W&M. Combined degree programs allow students to complete two graduate degrees concurrently in less time than would be required to complete each degree separately.

Combined Degree in Law and Business

A combined degree in which a student may obtain both a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate in four years, instead of the five years that would be required if each were pursued separately. Candidates interested in this combined degree program must apply and gain acceptance to both the Mason School of Business and William & Mary Law School independently.

Combined Degree in Law and Public Policy

A combined degree in which the student may obtain both a Master of Public Policy and a Juris Doctorate in four years, instead of the five years that would be required if each degree were pursued separately. Candidates interested in this combined degree program must apply to and gain acceptance by both the W&M Public Policy program and William & Mary Law School independently.  Read more about the Bolin Fellowship, intended for underrepresented populations enrolled in the combined MPP/JD program. 

Combined Degree in Law and American Studies

A combined degree in which the student may obtain both a Master of Arts in American Studies and a Juris Doctorate in four years, instead of the five years that would be required if each degree were pursued separately. Candidates interest in this combined degree program must apply to and gain acceptance by both the W&M Arts & Sciences program and William & Mary Law School independently. 

Requirements for Admission

Separate admission to each program is required; successful admission to one program will have no effect on your admission to the other program. To apply to the law school, combination degree applicants should follow the same guidelines for first-year J.D. applicants

Candidates who are enrolled initially in the combination degree program must declare by May 15 their intent to begin the first year of study in either the Law School or the combination program. Students who are already enrolled at one school and accept a position at the other school must submit their intention to enroll in the combination degree program and the designated semester chosen to enroll in the combination school to the Associate Dean for Student Services and Associate Dean for Admission at the Law School and the Director of Admission of the combination program by April 1 of the year entering the combination degree program.