Juris Doctor/Masters of Economics
Dual Degree Program

The Department of Economics and the School of Law offer an integrated program in which students may obtain both an MA degree in economics and a JD degree from the School of Law. Although an MA degree in economics normally requires two years of study, and a JD requires three, many students will be able to complete the program in four years.

The program outlined here meets requirements for the JD degree with 45 credit hours in required courses, 38 credit hours in elective courses within the School of Law, and 6 elective credit hours in economics, for a total of 89 credit hours. Requirements for the MA degree in economics are met with 24 credit hours of courses in the Department of Economics and 6 elective credit hours within the school of Law. The detailed program of study in economics is also subject to approval by the student's advisor in the Department of Economics and by the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics.

School of Law Required Courses

(89 hours required for graduation)

First Year

Second Year Second or Third Year

Economics Required Courses

(30 hours required for graduation)

  • ECON 7370 Introduction to Quantitative Economics (3)
  • ECON 8451 Advanced Microeconomic Theory I (3)
  • ECON 8453 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory I (3)
  • ECON 8413 Research Workshop I (2)
  • ECON 8085 Problems in Economics (1)
  • ECON 8472 Econometric Methods I
  • ECON 9473 Econometric Methods II (6) or
  • ECON 7332 Microeconomics for Managers (3)*
  • ECON 9475 Empirical Microeconomics (3) or
  • ECON 9476 Applied Time Series Analysis (3)

Master's Paper
Students are required to complete and defend an MA paper in economics, normally undertaken in conjunction with Economics 8413 and Economics 8085.

Law School Electives

Students must take a total of at least 83 hours of law credit. The required course of study includes 45 hours of law credit. Therefore, students must take 38 hours of elective credit in law to fulfill the degree requirements. At least 6 credit hours must be taken from this list:

Economics Electives

Students must take a total of 24 credit hours of courses in Economics. At least 6 credit hours of electives must be taken from the following list (in addition to 18 hours of required courses):

  • ECON 8470 Dynamic Optimization (3)
  • ECON 9411 Advanced Labor Economics I (3)
  • ECON 9412 Advanced Labor Economics II (3)
  • ECON 9415 Advanced Public Economics I (3)
  • ECON 9416 Advanced Public Economics II (3)
  • ECON 9425 International Finance (3)
  • ECON 9426 International Trade (3)
  • ECON 9430 Advanced Money & Banking (3)
  • ECON 9431 Central Banking Policies (3)
  • ECON 9452 Advanced Microeconomic Theory II (3)
  • ECON 9454 Advanced Macroeconomics Theory II (3)
  • ECON 9455 Monopoly & Competition
  • ECON 9456 Public Utility Regulation (3)
  • ECON9460 Development Econonmics (3)
  • ECON 9471 Advanced Game Theory (3)
  • ECON 9477 Advanced Time Series Analysis (3)

The detailed program of study is subject to approval by the student's advisor in the Department of Economics and by the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics.

Sample Course of Study

The following course of study demonstrates how a student might design a program to complete the Dual Degree requirements in four years. This brochure is not a contract. Actual course offerings and requirements are subject to change. Official course lists and requirements are available from the departments. Students are strongly advised to consult with academic advisors at both Schools before designing a personal course of study.

Application Procedure

Applicants to the Dual Degree Program must submit formal applications for admission to the School of Law and to the Department of Economics, accompanied by a statement requesting permission to pursue the Dual Degree Program. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both programs. Contact the Department of Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Law for further information on admissions requirements. Both applications and the request must normally be submitted before a student has substantially completed the requirements of either program. However, petitions requesting admission to the Dual Degree Program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Year 1:
First year required law courses (31 credit hours)

Year 2:
Second year required law courses (8 credit hours)

  • ECON 7370 Introduction to Quantitative Economics (3)
  • ECON 8472 Econometric Methods I (3)
  • Law Electives

Year 3:
Second or third year required law courses (6 credit hours)

  • ECON 8451 Advanced Microeconomic Theory I (3)
  • ECON 8453 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory I (3)
  • ECON 9473 Econometric Methods II (3)
  • ECON 9475 Applied Microeconometrics (3) or
  • ECON 9476 Applied Time Series Analysis (3)
  • Economics or law electives

Year 4:

  • ECON 8085 Problems
  • ECON 8413 Research Workshop I (2 semesters, total of 2 credit hours)
  • 5875 Research (3)
  • Economics or law electives

Regulations

  1. Students whose prior background does not allow them to undertake the program specified above may be admitted contingent on their completing additional courses for which they may not receive graduate credit.
  2. A Dual Degree candidate who subsequently decides to pursue only one of these degrees must complete degree requirements subject to the same rules as a student not pursuing a dual degree.
  3. Law students who receive credit under the Dual Degree Program for taking economics courses may not receive credit for taking other classes outside the School of Law.
  4. Student honors and class ranks at the School of Law will be computed based on classes enrolled in as law classes.
  5. Because of accreditation requirements, the School of Law cannot award credit for any class taken before matriculation at the School of Law. Dual Degree candidates must therefore enroll at the School of Law before taking any economics courses to be counted toward the JD degree.
  6. The Department of Economics and the School of Law reserve the right to limit participation in the program, including dismissal. Those interested are encouraged to submit a request for permission to participate in the program, along with applications for admission, at the earliest possible time.

More Information

College of Arts & Sciences Department of Economics
118 Professional Building
Columbia, MO 65211
School of Law Office of Admissions,
103 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211