Juris Doctor/Masters of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Dual Degree Program

With and Emphasis in Higher & Continuing Education

The College of Education's Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and the School of Law offer an integrated program in which students may obtain both an MA degree in higher and continuing education with a concentration in general higher education administration and a JD degree from the School of Law. Although an MA degree in higher and continuing education 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 below 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 education, for a total of 89 credit hours. Requirements for the MA degree in higher and continuing education are met with 24 credit hours of courses in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and 9 elective credit hours within the School of Law. The detailed program of study in education is also subject to approval by the student's advisor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and by the Director of Graduate Studies.

School of Law Required Courses

(89 hours required for graduation)

First Year

Second Year Second or Third Year

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

(33 hours required for graduation)

Requirements for the MA degree are met with 24 credit hours of courses in the ELPA Department and 9 elective credit hours within the School of Law. To meet the requirements of the MA degree, students must take at least 16 hours at the 7000-level or above, with at least 16 hours in professional education. The program of study in education is subject to approval by the student's advisor.

Core Courses
  • A7320 Overview of Educational Research (3)
  • EL9085 Problems in Higher & Continuing Education (manuscript) (3)
  • EL9449 History of Higher & Continuing Education in the United States (3)

Concentration in General Higher Education Administration courses (at least 12 hours)
  • EL9403 Organizational Analysis (3)
  • EL9440 Race, Gender, Ethnicity in Higher Ed (3)
  • EL8450 Administration, Governance, & Culture of Higher & Continuing Education (5)
  • EL9451 Budget & Finance in Higher & Continuing Education
  • EL8452 Current Issues in Higher Education (3)
  • EL8453 Continuing Education for the Professions (3)
  • EL9454 Introduction to Post Secondary Law (3)
  • EL9461 Ethics (3)

Master's Paper

Students are required to complete and defend an MA paper in education, normally undertaken in conjunction with EL9085. Students in the Dual Degree Program shall undertake a joint project that will satisfy both the MA paper requirement as well as the requirements of Law 5875 (Research). In this case, Law 5875 would be an elective in the JD program, and the faculty member overseeing Law 5875 would serve as an outside reader for the MA paper in education. Students who successfully complete the program need not take an upper-level writing section at the School of Law.

Law School Electives

To graduate, students must take a total of at least 83 hours of law credit, including 45 hours of required law credit. Six credit hours in elective courses at the School of Education will be counted toward the 89 total hours required. Therefore, students must take 38 hours of elective credit in law to fulfill the degree requirements. Dual degree students must take 5875, Research, for 1-3 hours of credit and at least 9 credit hours of electives from the following list:

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 is not a contract. Actual course offerings and requirements are subject to change. Official course lists and requirements are available from the individual 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 Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, 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 Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis 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 (8-14 credit hours)
EL9449 History of Higher & Continuing Education in the U.S. (3)
Law electives

Year 3:
Third year required law courses
A7320 Overview of Educational Research (3)
Law electives

Year 4:
EL9085 Problems in Higher & Continuing Education (3)
5875 Research (1-3)
Education concentration courses (6)
Law electives

The detailed program of study is subject to approval by the student's advisor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies. It is strongly recommended that Dual Degree students also obtain counseling from a law faculty member.

Regulations

  1. Students whose prior background does not allow them to undertake the program specified above may be admitted contingent upon 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 education 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. 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 education courses to be counted toward the JD degree.
  6. The Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis 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

Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
211 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
School of Law Office of Admissions,
103 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211