Joint JD/MA Application Information

Students wishing to enroll in this joint degree program must first be admitted to each of the individual programs.  

Students must therefore complete and submit two separate applications, one with the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and one with the School of Law. The bioethics program will accept the unofficial photocopies of transcripts and LSAT score so long as the official copies are on file with the School of Law. Application to both programs may be made simultaneously, or students may apply to the bioethics program during the first or second year of law school. It is preferable for students to apply early. Students who have completed one year of the master's degree may enroll in the School of Law and have master's degree credits applied toward the law degree only if, at the conclusion of one year of the master's degree, they still require at least 12 credits to complete that degree program.

The deadline for application for admission to the School of Law is March 1. Applications for admission to the bioethics program should be submitted no later than March 31st for admission in the fall. Again, earlier application is advantageous to prospective students, as the class may be filled with early applicants. In addition to applying to each individual program, students must submit a brief application to the joint JD/MA Program.

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For more information about tuition and fees, please contact the Director of Admissions:

Director of Admissions
Center for Bioethics and Health Law
Barco Law Building, Room 519
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Students interested in applying to the joint degree program must provide permission for the release of their application materials from the School of Law.  Once the applications have been submitted, please e-mail the following statement to or to

"I hereby authorize the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to release my application materials, including LSAT scores and transcripts, to the Admissions Committee of the Master’s Program in Bioethics."