J.D./M.S.H.A. and J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A.

In recent years, health care has become the subject of rapidly expanding legal and regulatory attention at the national, state, and local levels. Leadership positions in the health care field increasingly require expertise in law and business. In order for attorneys to serve their private or public sector health care clients effectively, they must understand the multifaceted and often unique aspects of health care organizations as well as systems for the delivery and financing of health care. Similarly, health care administrators must understand the complex and ever-changing legal and regulatory environment in which their enterprises operate.

Georgia State University graduate students in law and business may pursue a dual degree in law and health administration through a collaborative program between Georgia State’s College of Law and J. Mack Robinson College of Business through its Institute of Health Administration. Students may obtain concurrently both a juris doctor degree and a master of science in health administration. A juris doctor and master of business administration/master of health administration is also available.

The J.D./M.S.H.A. and J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. are courses of study which allow selected previously-approved course work earned in one degree program to satisfy some of the elective course requirements of the other degree program. This enables a student to complete the requirements for both or all tree degrees in a shorter time than required to complete each of the degrees separately. Students who have already earned a J.D. and an M.S.H.A. degree or M.B.A./M.H.A. degree at Georgia State University or at another institution are not eligible for the dual program.

The following regulations apply to students who are accepted to the J.D. and M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A., programs and are enrolled in the dual degree program as opposed to being enrolled in each degree program separately:

Application

Applicants to the J.D./M.S.H.A. or J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. dual degree programs must meet the entrance requirements and follow the application procedures of both the College of Law and the Robinson College of Business. Applicants must be accepted by both colleges. Admission into one program does not presume admission to the other. To be in the J.D./M.S.H.A. of J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. dual degree programs, students must be admitted to both programs before completing either program.

Applicants must take the LSAT to apply to the College of Law. Robinson College of Business will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT for students already accepted into the J.D. program.
Students who are accepted to both the J.D. and M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. programs and wish to be enrolled in the dual degree program are responsible for providing written notification of their intentions to each college.

Requirements

Students must satisfy the curriculum requirements for both the J.D. and M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. degrees.

J.D. Degree requirements

As stated in the College of Law Bulletin, a law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the J.D. degree. For students enrolled in the J.D./M.S.H.A. or J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. dual degree programs, the College of Law will permit up to 12 semester hours of 8000-level M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. courses with grades of B or better to be credited toward elective hours required for the J.D.

M.S.H.A. Degree Requirements

The requirements for the M.S.H.A. are described in the Robinson College of Business catalog.
For students enrolled in the J.D./M.S.H.A. dual degree program, the Robinson College of Business will accept 12 semester hours of relevant health law elective courses from the J.D. program with grades of B or better to be credited toward the 12 semester hours of concentration/electives for the M.S.H.A.
In addition, 3 credit hours will be given for LAW 7239 Health Law: Quality and Access or LAW 7240 Health Law: Finance and Delivery in place of HA 8450 Legal Environment of Health Care.

M.B.A./M.H.A. Degree Requirements

The requirements for the M.B.A./M.H.A. are described in the Robinson College of Business catalog.
For students enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. dual degree program, the Robinson College of Business will accept 3 credit hours for LAW 7239 Health Law: Quality and Access or LAW 7240 Health Law: Finance and Delivery in place of HA 8450 Legal Environment of Health Care. The Robinson College of Business will also accept 3 hours of legal externship courses or clinic in the health care area in place of the required HA residency course, HA 8810.

Enrollment Sequencing and Time Limits

The College of Law does not permit enrollment in the dual degree program after a student has completed more than 21 semester hours of 8000-level M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. coursework.

After students have been admitted to both the J.D. and M.B.A./M.H.A. programs and have declared intent to be enrolled in the dual degree program, they must, at the first opportunity, complete 30 semester hours of required courses in the J.D. program. After completion of these 30 hours, enrollment in the courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted.

Grading and Scholastic Discipline

Students enrolled in either of the dual degree programs must meet the academic regulations of each college, including those related to the minimum GPA and scholastic discipline. The computation of the GPA in each college is based only on courses taken in that college.

Graduation

Prior to graduation, students completing the dual degree program are responsible for confirming with both colleges that the degree requirements for each program have been satisfied. Students must complete the graduate application for each degree.

No credit hours of J.D. course work will be applied toward the M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. degree requirements until the completion of J.D. degree requirements. No credit hours of M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. course work will be applied toward the J.D. degree requirements until the completion of M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. degree requirements. A simultaneous awarding of degrees will satisfy this requirement.

The requirements for the M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. degree must be completed within five years of the initial semester of enrollment in the M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. program. The J.D. degree must be completed within six years of the initial semester of enrollment in the J.D. program.

Contact Us

Stacie Kershner (J.D. ’08)
Associate Director
Center for Law, Health & SocietyGeorgia State University
College of Law
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
Phone: 404-413-9088
Fax: 404-413-9225
skershner1@gsu.edu
Lisette Branscomb, M.B.A.
Senior Research Analyst
Center for Health Information Technology
Georgia State University
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
P.O. Box 3989
Atlanta, GA 30302-3989
Phone: 404-413-7633
lbranscomb@gsu.edu