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Lynne Marie Kohm, Associate Dean of Faculty Development & External Affairs at the Regent University School of Law, speaks with students.

Joint Degree Programs

What is a Joint Degree?

At Regent, we recognize the value of a multidisciplinary education, including the flexible option to earn a joint degree. With this interdisciplinary degree option, students may earn two graduate degrees from our Christian university in Virginia with fewer total credit hours than if the two degrees were earned separately.

Joint degree programs prepare students to transfer the valuable skill of “thinking like a lawyer” to a range of professional disciplines.

Law alumni with a multidisciplinary education in organizational leadership, skills in communication and journalism, or training in counseling and psychological services enhance their marketability in an increasingly competitive legal job market.

Successful companies, organizations and industries rely on knowledgeable leaders who can provide skilled guidance and sound business acumen to navigate a hyper-competitive marketplace. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) provides a balanced, innovation-based, and global approach to the human and technical aspects of business, including: corporate and personal ethics, accounting, finance, economics, operations, innovation, and management of people and organizations. This joint degree equips aspiring lawyers with the strategic, analytical business skills that are essential to build, manage, and create preeminent organizations in the U.S. and overseas.

The interpretation and use of legal information in our modern society is greatly influenced by various media outlets. Society’s worldviews are shaped by the content and manner of this information flow. The relativistic views of many current journalists have helped to undermine the foundations of our legal system by presenting the law as only an evolving set of values. Today, we need journalists and people involved in media presentations who understand the historic roots of our legal system, as well as current legal theories and practices. An interdisciplinary degree program in law and communication or journalism gives students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge of the law with communication skills and the media.

This joint degree program is designed to give counseling training to law students who want or need such practical skills training. This interdisciplinary degree enriches careers by broadening the student’s scope of understanding, as well as providing training and expertise to meet specific needs in legal services where legal remedies may be only a part of the solution.

The education offered in government school prepares students for service in government, politics, and policy making. Some government students may desire to add legal training for particular legal positions in government service or for specialization in law related to all governmental and political activity. The joint degree program in law and government meets the needs of these students. The law school teaches the technical skills necessary for the practice of law; the government school offers training in policy analysis and political methods, integrating biblical and natural principles for government, economics, history, and natural science, as well as law.

Companies, organizations, and nations need proven, qualified leaders. True leaders distinguish themselves through their vision, their ability to conceive and implement strategies, and their ability to transform organizations and the lives of the people within them. The M.A. in Organizational Leadership teaches key organizational leadership elements such as ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, teamwork, group development, technology, customer service and organizational development. The joint degree program in law and leadership provides unique training for future lawyers who are called to lead.

The law and divinity faculties recognize an interdependence between the professions of law and divinity. The lawyer who understands and operates within a Christian worldview and based on Christian ethical/character foundations of personal spiritual formation will be in a much better position to work with and better represent clients. Likewise, the various ministerial professionals who also understand basic legal rules that relate to ministry, including both corporate and family, have a great advantage. These joint degree programs are designed to provide divinity courses and ministerial skills training to students in law who want or need such training. This multidisciplinary education enriches careers by broadening the student’s scope of understanding, as well as providing training and expertise to meet specific needs in legal services where legal remedies may be only a part of the solution.

Regent’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares managers, government personnel, and non-profit executives to face the challenges of leading organizations in today’s competitive environment. The MPA strikes a balance of principled theory and practice by integrating case studies and analyses of best practices with service-learning opportunities.

As a general principle, students should seek admission to a joint degree program before completing one-third of any single-degree program. If you are interested in pursuing a joint degree, here is the typical process:

  1. Apply for admission to both schools of a joint degree program separately and meet all admissions criteria specific to each school.
  2. Each school will notify the applicant regarding acceptance to its degree program. Upon admission to a joint degree program, the student will be assigned an advisor in each school.
  3. Return an enrollment agreement to each school, indicating the name of the specific school in which you plan to begin your studies.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to matriculate to the law school following successful academic progress in the other Regent graduate program.

Helpful Tips

  • Students should seek admission to a joint degree program before completing one-third of any single-degree program.
  • A joint degree applicant who is accepted in only one school may enroll in that school, but not in a joint degree program.
  • Courses in the law school are not normally taken concurrently with courses in other schools.