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. 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.

Admission

To participate in the J.D./M.S.H.A. or the J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. dual degree programs, you must apply separately for admission to the College of Law and Robinson College of Business. You are strongly encouraged to apply to both programs simultaneously. However, there is some opportunity to apply and enroll in the dual degree program after admission to only one of the colleges, if you have not proceeded too far in that college’s program (see requirements below).

You must take the LSAT to apply to the College of Law. The Robinson College of Business will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT.

Admission into one program does not presume admission to the other.

Faculty Advisement

After you are accepted into the College of Law and Robinson College of Business, you will be assigned a faculty adviser from each college to advise you on course selection and potential career paths.

Graduation

Prior to graduation you will need to confirm with the registrar of both colleges that you have satisfied the requirements for both degrees. You must complete an online graduation application for each degree, to be submitted to the Graduation Office.

General requirements

The J.D./M.S.H.A. and J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. enable you to earn multiple degrees in a shorter time than would be possible if you pursued each degree separately. Credit hours earned in one degree program satisfy some of the elective requirements of the other degree program.

No credit hours for the M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. courses will be applied toward the J.D. requirements until you have completed the M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. Similarly, no credit hours for the J.D. courses will be applied toward the M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. until completion of the J.D.

If interested in pursuing a J.D./M.S.H.A. or J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A., you must enroll in the dual degree program prior to completion of 21 hours of M.S.H.A. or M.B.A./M.H.A. course work. When admitted to a dual degree program, you must complete the first 30 hours of required J.D. courses at your first opportunity. After completion of these 30 hours of law courses, course enrollment in either college or both colleges concurrently is permitted.

You must complete your dual degree program within six years of the initial semester of enrollment. You should be able to complete the J.D./M.S.H.A in four years and the J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. in five years.

Specific requirements for the J.D./M.S.H.A.

College of Law

To earn a J.D., you must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours, with 42 credit hours of required courses and at least 48 credit hours of electives. For the dual degree program, 12 credit hours of M.S.H.A. courses with a B or better will be credited toward J.D. requirements.

Robinson College of Business

To earn a M.S.H.A, you must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, with 24 credit hours of required courses and at least 12 credit hours in a concentration. You should consult with Robinson College of Business regarding completing prerequisites for 8000-level courses.

For the J.D./M.S.H.A. dual degree program, 12 hours of relevant health law electives with a B or better will be counted toward the M.S.H.A. concentration requirement. In addition, in place of HA 8450 - Legal Environment of Health Care, three credit hours will be given for either of the following two law courses: LAW 7239 – Health Law: Quality and Access or LAW 7240 – Health Law: Financing and Delivery.

Specific requirements for the J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A.

College of Law

To earn a J.D., you must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours, with 42 credit hours of required courses and at least 48 credit hours of electives. For the dual degree program, 12 credit hours of M.B.A./M.H.A. courses with a B or better will be credited toward J.D. requirements.

Robinson College of Business

For the M.B.A./M.H.A., you must complete a minimum of 57 credit hours with at least 18 hours credit hours of business administration courses (foundation, cornerstone core and functional core), 33 credit hours of health administration courses, and six credit hours of an administrative residency or field study. You should consult with Robinson College of Business regarding completing prerequisites for 8000-level courses.

For the J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. dual degree program, the College of Business will accept as course credit nine semester hours of J.D. coursework with a B or better as follows: in place of HA 8450 – Legal Environment of Health Care, 3 credit hours will be given for either of the following two law courses: LAW 7239 - Health Law: Quality and Access or LAW 7240 – Health Law: Financing and Delivery, and up to six hours of legal externship courses in the health care area may be substituted for the required administrative residency course or field study, HA 8810 and HA 8820. While not required, it is recommended that you take an additional six hours of health law-related courses.

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 30302-4037Phone: 404-413-9088
Fax: 404-413-9225
skershner1@gsu.edu
Nancy R. Mansfield
Professor of Legal Studies
RMI & Institute of Health AdministrationGeorgia State University
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
P.O. Box 3989
Atlanta, GA 30302-3989Phone: 404-413-7473
Fax: 404-413-7631
nmansfield@gsu.edu