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Dual Degree: Law and Theology

Candler offers dual degrees with either the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies and a Juris Doctor degree in conjunction with Emory’s School of Law.

The MDiv/JD is a five-year degree, while the MTS/JD is a four-year degree, both one year shorter than if the theology and law degrees were pursued separately. Candidates for the dual degree program must apply to and be accepted by both Candler and the School of Law. The schools maintain independent application procedures.

Students typically begin their studies with their first year at Candler, spend their second year at the Law School, and then alternate between the schools for their remaining time.

Degree Requirements

MDiv/JD
In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 73 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MDiv student but with fewer elective hours. In order to meet degree requirements for the JD, the student must complete a minimum of 79 hours at the School of Law.

For additional information on the MDiv portion of the MDiv/JD, contact the Candler registrar at candlerregistrar@emory.edu. For information about the JD portion of the degree, contact cslr@law.emory.edu.

MTS/JD
In order to meet degree requirements for the MTS, the student must complete a minimum of 36 hours at Candler, including either the MTS Thesis or MTS Integrative Essay completed as part of the MTS capstone course. All requirements are the same as a traditional MTS student but with fewer elective hours. In order to meet degree requirements for the JD, the student must complete a minimum of 79 hours at the School of Law.

For additional information on the MTS portion of the MTS/JD, contact the Candler registrar at candlerregistrar@emory.edu. For information about the JD portion of the degree, contact cslr@law.emory.edu.