Frequently Asked Questions about the Concurrent JD/MS Degree Program

1. If I can fit a course from Oregon State University into my schedule during the time I am taking coursework at the University of Oregon School of Law, or take a law course while I am enrolled at OSU, am I allowed to be enrolled at both institutions at the same time?

Answer: If it is possible for the student to enroll in courses at both OSU and the University of Oregon School of Law, they may do so with the approval of their advisors at both institutions, however, in general, this is not recommended. In any case, students must meet the requirements for continuous full time enrollment at one of the institutions at all times, and that institution will be considered the primary location of enrollment at each point in time during their pursuit of the concurrent degrees.

2. If I have a tuition remission scholarship from Oregon State University, can that be used to help pay my tuition costs for a course at the University of Oregon School of Law?

Answer: No. Financial Aid arrangements for each degree program are made separately and administered separately by each institution.

3. If I have a graduate assistantship from Oregon State University that pays my tuition at Oregon State University, does it also cover the cost of my tuition for a course or courses at the School of Law?

Answer: No. Financial Aid arrangements for each degree program are made separately and administered separately by each institution.

4. This program appears to be on a very tight schedule. Is it realistic to believe that a student can complete both degrees in four years?

Answer: The concurrent JD-MS program is a rigorous, challenging program that requires completion of demanding coursework from both programs as well as the development and completion of a research project for the MS. It is not for every student, and only those students whose prior academic record indicates the potential for success in this program will be admitted to the concurrent degree program.  We anticipate that the students who seek admission to the concurrent degree program will likely be those who have had some research experience as undergraduates, who are highly motivated and academically talented. We anticipate that these students will have a positive influence on the breadth of expertise and contribute their talents and insights to both programs.