The Laney Graduate School offers several dual and joint degree programs for students.

Dual Degrees

Master of Arts / Master of Theological Studies

Master of Arts / DPT

Master of Arts / JD
Master of Arts / MD
Master of Arts / MPH
Master of Arts / MSN
Master in Development Practice / MDiv
Master of Public Health / PhD
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Joint Degrees

MD/PhD

JD/PhD
Bachelors-Masters Programs

Dual Degrees

Master of Arts/Master of Theological Studies. A dual Master of Arts in Bioethics/Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is offered through the Laney Graduate School and the Candler School of Theology. Students interested in the intersection between religion/theology and bioethics may be interested in this dual degree. The purpose of the program is to train a small number of elite students to pursue careers in faith-based organizations, to teach at secondary schools, or to pursue advanced studies in bioethics and moral theology. This dual degree will serve the needs of individuals whose career goals involve working in bioethics, patient advocacy, or pastoral care at a faith-based health care institution or organization who desire to have a robust understanding of the intersection of religion and health or health care. Additionally, combining the rigorous study of bioethics with a deep exploration of theological conceptions of health, illness, and disease may enable graduates to pursue careers in faith-based organizations, to teach at secondary schools, or to pursue advanced studies in bioethics, theology, or related fields.Students interested in the MA-Bioethics/MTS dual degree must apply separately to each program, and should be sure to indicate their interest in the dual degrees on both applications. A student already enrolled in the Laney Graduate School or Candler School of Theology may apply to the other school for admission to the MA in Bioethics/MTS dual degree program. 

Master of Arts/DPT. A dual Master of Arts in Bioethics/Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is offered through the Laney Graduate School and the School of Medicine. Students interested in the intersection between physical therapy and bioethics may be interested in this dual degree. The purpose of the program is to constructively engage physical therapists in relevant bioethical issues in order to help enhance care for patients in a constantly changing healthcare environment, to prepare them to work on matters of public and institutional policy as it relates to the provision of clinical care, to serve on ethics committees, and/or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of clinical practice. As physical therapists’ roles and responsibilities have increased, so have their educational needs and desires. The combined Master of Arts in Bioethics/DPT degree will provide future physical therapists with the opportunity to develop unique perspectives and skills that will enable graduates of the program to engage in the ethical dimension of healthcare policy and to serve in an expert capacity on panels in healthcare settings that deal with ethical dilemmas.

Students interested in the Master of Arts in Bioethics/DPT dual degree must apply separately to each program, and should be sure to indicate their interest in the dual degree on both applications. A student can also apply for the dual degree during the first year of the DPT program.

Master of Arts/JD. A dual Master of Arts in Bioethics/Doctor of Law (JD) degree is offered through the Laney Graduate School and the School of Law. The purpose of the program is to train students to be able to work effectively at the intersection of law and bioethics and to participate in the development of health-related public policy and legislation. This dual degree program provides  an invaluable opportunity for students to engage meaningfully in the study of both law and bioethics; students will learn not only about the bounds of each of these disciplines, but also about the ways in which a rich discourse can be fostered by connecting these academic fields of study.  Students who graduate with the dual degree in law and bioethics will not only be able to work effectively at the intersection of these disciplines, but will also be poised to participate in the development of public policy and health legislation.Students interested in the MA-Bioethics/JD dual degree must apply to each program separately, and should be sure to indicate their interest in the dual degree on both applications. A student already enrolled in the Laney Graduate School or the School of Law may apply to the other school for admission to the MA in Bioethics/JD dual degree program. 


Master of Arts/MD. A dual Master of Arts in Bioethics/MD degree is offered through the Laney Graduate School and the School of Medicine. This program is designed to prepare students from the very onset of their medical careers to be equipped to identify, address, and assess ethical issues as they appear in clinical practice. Students who graduate with a dual MD/MA-Bioethics degree will not only be prepared to enhance the care they provide to patients, but also will be prepared to work on issues of public policy as it relates to the provision of clinical care, to serve on or chair ethics committees, or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of clinical practice. All students in Medicine at Emory complete a 5-month Discovery Phase, which gives students an opportunity to participate in research in their individual areas of interest. Students with an interest in a robust program in bioethics simply replace the 5-month Discovery Phase with the MA-Bioethics Program between years 4 and 5 of medical school. Students will complete a substantive research project as part of the MA-Bioethics program that will also be suitable for the medical school capstone requirement.Students interested in the MA-Bioethics/MD dual degree must apply to each program separately, and should be sure to indicate their interest in the dual degree on both applications. A student already enrolled in the Laney Graduate School or the School of Medicine may apply to the other school for admission to the MA in Bioethics/MD dual degree program. 

Master of Arts in Bioethics/MPH: A dual Master of Arts in Bioethics/Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is offered through the Laney Graduate School and the Rollins School of Public Health. This dual degree program prepares students to speak to both the individual and community interests in health care in order for them to be better prepared to enter the contemporary health care field. Students who graduate with a dual MPH/MA in Bioethics degree will be well qualified to work in public health to help set priorities for pandemics or other allocations of scarce resources, to set public policy for health departments or states on access to health care, or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of public health practice. Students will be exposed to a rigorous framework for ethical decision-making that they can incorporate into their projects in public health. Such attention to the ethical impact of proposed public health initiatives will add significant value to the students’ credential, as it demonstrates additional capacities that are likely to differentiate them from students graduating with an MPH alone.Students interested in the MA-Bioethics/MTS dual degree must apply separately to each program, and should be sure to indicate their interest in the dual degrees on both applications.

Master of Arts in Bioethics / MSN: A dual Master of Arts in Bioethics/Master of Nursing Science (MSN) degree is offered through the Laney Graduate School and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. This dual degree program prepares advance practice nurses to be equipped to identify, address, and assess ethical issues as they appear in clinical practice and healthcare administration. Students who graduate with a dual MSN/MA in Bioethics degree will not only be prepared to enhance the care they provide to patients, but also will be prepared to work on issues of public and institutional policy as it relates to the provision of clinical care, to serve on ethics committees, or to conduct education on the ethical foundations of clinical practice. As one of only three universities in the US offering a dual MSN/MA-Bioethics degree, students will be poised to differentiate themselves from other professionals by demonstrating that they have the interest in and capacity to address the most timely and challenging ethical issues facing their profession.Students interested in the MA-Bioethics/MSN dual degree must apply separately to each program, and should be sure to indicate their interest in the dual degrees on both applications.

Master in Development Practice/MDiv: A dual Master's in Development Practice/Master of Divinity (MDP/MDiv) program is offered through the Laney Graduate School and the Candler School of Theology. This program allows students to combine training and experience in international development practice with religious and theological studies and formation for ministry. This dual degree program will meet the needs of individuals who are interested in working with government agencies and international relief and development organizations to develop collaborative relationships with faith-based organizations and religious communities on a range of development projects. The program will also meet the needs of those who are interested in working within religious communities and organizations to address issues such as poverty, environmental degradation, health access, human rights, and political marginalization. Typically, students enroll full-time at Candler in the first year. The subsequent two years are in the MDP program and include two consecutive summers of full-time international field placements in Global South settings. The student is enrolled full-time at Candler in the fourth year.

Master of Public Health/PhD: A dual Master of Public Health/Doctor of Philosophy (MPH/PhD) degree is offered through the Rollins School of Public Health and the Laney Graduate School.  Prospective candidates apply separately to both the Rollins School of Public Health and Laney Graduate School.  Students in the Laney Graduate School may apply for admission to the MPH program during their graduate studies with the approval of their PhD program’s Director of Graduate Studies.  Applicants specify which of four programs of study or department they prefer: Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, or Global Health. Up to ten semester hours of course credit relevant for public health taken in the doctoral program may be applied toward the 42-semester hour MPH program.  Students must enroll full-time in the RSPH for a fall-spring semester sequence, complete a practicum in public health and, depending upon the MPH program, a capstone course, thesis or special study project. The MPH is granted upon completion of requirements for the PhD.

Joint Degrees

MD/PhD: The program is designed to provide highly qualified students with the in-depth, high-caliber research training and medical education that will be required of future biomedical academics. An average of seven years is required to complete the program. A student applying for the MD/PhD program may elect to receive any PhD offered by the Graduate School. A student must be apply to and be accepted into both the Laney Graduate School program and the School of Medicine.  For more information, please visit the MD/PhD program at the the Medical School website.

JD/PhD: This degree is offered through the Graduate Division of Religion and the School of Law.  Prospective candidates apply separately to both the School of Law and to the Laney Graduate School, indicating on the applications a desire to study for the JD/PhD.  Both schools must accept a candidate before matriculating in the joint degree program. A student already enrolled in the School of Law or the Laney Graduate School may apply to the other school for admission to the JD/PhD program. If admitted, the student’s previous degree work will be counted toward the joint degree requirements. For more specific information, please contact the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Bachelors-Masters Programs: Exceptional Emory College students with superior undergraduate records may be eligible for a combined degree program in which the bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded conjointly at the end of four years. Departments reserve the option of offering such a program and selecting students for participation. Interested undergraduatesshould consult their departments as early as possible for details of specific work required. Details regarding degree requirements are in the Laney Graduate School Handbook.

Applying for a Degree

Dual or Joint degree students applying for their degrees must submit a paper form by the deadline if they can not apply for their degrees in OPUS. 

Visit our Degree Completion page to learn more.