What will I learn?

Saint Louis University School of Law and SLU's Department of Sociology and Anthropology offer a dual degree program (J.D./M.S.). This specialized program combines the J.D. and M.S., broadly focusing on the relationship between law and society. The dual degree capitalizes on the advantages of legal training and social science research expertise. Graduates of the J.D./M.S. are prepared to interpret legal issues and implement administrative policy.

This specialized program allows students to earn both degrees in roughly four years instead of the typical five, saving a considerable amount in time and tuition. The program attracts highly qualified students from outside the region as this is one of the only J.D./M.S. programs of its kind in the middle of the country.


Graduates of this program enjoy an increased number of job opportunities in federal and state law enforcement, corrections and judicial positions and are more competitive in the job market compared to graduates with only one of the degrees. Further, graduates find their education useful as social entrepreneurs applying their legal, administrative and research knowledge in policy areas from mental health, economic development, and environmental sustainability to issues of civil rights, immigration, international human rights, and employment discrimination.

Graduates can pursue careers as nonprofit administrators, policy analysts, program evaluators or directors, market research analysts, policymakers and more. Graduates may also choose to practice at specialized law firms and incorporate pro bono work into their caseload or consider pursuing judiciary service.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
USD $1,220 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022, 24 August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

Verhaegen Hall,

3634 Lindell Blvd,



63108, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

To ensure a successful academic experience at Saint Louis University, we require international applicants to demonstrate they are proficient in the English language by submitting scores from any one of the following standardized tests:

IELTS minimum score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 80; Paper-based TOEFL (PBT) minimum score of 550; PTE minimum score of 54; Duolingo minimum score of 125.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University’s traditions are based in academics, ethics, spirituality and compassion.

  • Ranked 5th among best schools for making an impact
  • Ranked 26th in undergraduate teaching
  • Ranked 8th among top Catholic colleges in the United States
  • 97% of alumni are satisfied with their post-graduation paths