The combined Juris Doctor / Master of Science in Taxation (MS.Tax) program is offered in association with the Gonzaga University School of Business . These dual degree programs are designed to meet a two-fold need. On the one hand, there is need for lawyers who are trained in business and in accounting. A legal education may sufficiently equip a person for general law practice or even for certain legal specializations, but the role of the lawyer in relation to business and other institutional needs demands preparation beyond the scope of a legal education. On the other hand, a successful tax accountant or business executive, skilled in financial and practical decision-making processes, will benefit from a thorough knowledge of the law.
Admission to the JD/MS.Tax Program
You must apply to the law school and the Masters program separately; admission into one does not automatically grant admission into the other. Once admitted to both programs, you must contact the Gonzaga Law Registrar and the Gonzaga Graduate School of Business Assistant Director of Admissions before you are considered a dual-degree student.
What to Expect
Normally, the student will complete one year of Law School before beginning MS.Tax classes. Graduation requires a total of 111 credits: the JD is a 90-credit degree; the MS.Tax program is a 30-credit degree. Dual-degree students may waive a combination of 9 credits from the two programs (for a total of 111 credits), but may not waive more than 6 credits from either program.
Basics of the JD / MS.Tax Program
Applying to the Program
Before being considered for admission to the JD/MS.Tax program, candidates must apply and be admitted to both the Gonzaga School of Law and the Gonzaga Graduate School of Business. Candidates must meet all of the admissions criteria for each school individually and apply via each school’s normal admissions process.
It is possible that a candidate for the dual-degree program will be admitted to either the Law School or the Graduate School of Business, but not both.
Candidates for admission to the dual-degree program must indicate on their applications to the respective schools that they are applying for admission to the dual-degree program.
Candidates for the JD/MS.Tax Dual Degree must comply with the admissions deadlines of the respective schools. Candidates who have been admitted to both the Gonzaga School of Law and the Graduate School of Business must inform both schools of their intention to be a dual-degree candidate.
Who to Contact
For information about admission to the dual-degree program, candidates should simultaneously contact the admissions offices of both the Gonzaga Law School and the Graduate School of Business and go through the standard admissions process for each school. Candidates should also contact the Registrar at the School of Law and should contact your admissions representative at the Graduate School of Business.
Students will pay tuition at the normal rate charged by the Gonzaga Law School for law school classes, and at the normal rate charged by the Graduate School of Business. To ensure that your student accounts are charged correctly, you must contact both the Gonzaga Law financial aid department and Student Accounts on main campus.
Dual-School Attendance Schedules
Sample schedule for full-time joint-degree students: (84 JD credits/27 MS.Tax credits)
|Term||1st Year||2nd Year||3rd Year|
|Fall||Law - 15||Law - 13 GSB* - 2||Law - 14|
|Spring||Law - 15||Law - 13 GSB - 2||Law - 14|
|Summer 1||GSB - 5||GSB - 6||Study for Bar|
|Summer 2||GSB - 6||GSB - 6||Study for Bar|
|*Graduate School of Business credits|
In Fall and Spring semesters, law school begins a week before business school. Both schools have 15-week semesters, but the law school has two weeks of finals, whereas the business school has just one week of finals. Finals for both schools end at the same time.
Job Placement Assistance
Students and alumni of the dual-degree program will have the same career services resources available to them that are available to students and alumni of the Law School and the Graduate School of Business.