JD/Master of Theological Studies

In collaboration with Duke Divinity School, Duke Law School offers the opportunity to pursue a JD/Master of Theological Studies dual degree. Candidates apply separately to the Law School and the Divinity School and receive independent admission decisions.

Students admitted to the JD/MTS program complete both degrees in four years. Some choose to spend their first year at the law school, and their second year at the Divinity School, and take classes from both during their third and fourth years. Others reverse the order of the first two years of study, beginning at the Divinity School and then completing the first year of law school.

Master of Theological Studies

The MTS is an academic degree primarily focused on preparing women and men for the teaching ministry of the church. The degree provides an introduction to the theological disciplines as foundation for a graduate research degree. It also provides grounding for teaching, research or personal enrichment.
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Theological Studies at Duke Law

Dual Professional Degree Programs

All programs are four years long. Students spend their first year in one school and their second year in the alternate school, in whichever order the student chooses. The student’s second year consists of the full first-year program of the other school. In the third and fourth years of the program, the student takes courses in both schools. Approximately two-thirds of these courses are taken in the Law School.

General Requirements

For all dual degrees, the Law School and the joint department or school each reduce the number of required credits in recognition of the students' coursework completed in the joint discipline. JD/MBA, JD/MD, JD/MEM, JD/MPP, and JD/MTS candidates must complete 72 law credits, rather than the 84 law credits required for JD-only candidates. The Fuqua School of Business, the Medical School, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Sanford Institute for Public Policy Studies, and the Divinity School reduce their degree requirements in similar fashion. (For details regarding the non-law credit requirements for a specific dual degree program, please visit the web site of the particular University department or school involved.) Dual degree candidates generally save a full year of study that would otherwise be required if they earned their two degrees consecutively.

Submit a JD application to the Law School and indicate your intention to apply for the dual degree on that form. Concurrently, submit your application to the Divinity School for their degree program. Follow their directions to indicate that you are also applying to the Law School.

It is also possible to matriculate into one degree program at Duke and apply to the other during the first year of study.

JD application information
MTS application information

Each school will complete its normal application review process, and you will receive separate decisions for each degree. These processes run on different timelines, so you are not guaranteed to receive the decisions at the same time.

If you are admitted to both degrees, you may choose where to begin your studies at Duke. Please be sure to notify the schools of your decision so that they can manage their classes appropriately.

Standardized Testing

The LSAT is required for all Law School dual-degree applicants.