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J.D.-M.A. in Communication Studies - Health Communication Track - Non-Thesis (Joint Degree), M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Miami, FL, United States
The three School of Communication programs participating in the joint J.D./M.A. program are Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations. This joint degree program will allow 9 J.D. credit hours to be applied to the M.A. degree and 6 M.A. credit hours to be applied to the J.D. degree, saving the student 15 credit hours between the two programs.


In the J.D. program, students will complete 82 credit hours in the School of Law. Additionally, 6 credit hours from the School of Communication program will be applied to their Law School transcript, for a total of 88 required J.D. credit hours. In the M.A. program, students will complete 27 credit hours in the School of Communication. Additionally, 9 law school credit hours will be applied toward their master’s degree, for a total of 36 required M.A. credit hours. As defined above, 15 credit hours will be counted toward both degrees: 6 credit hours from the School of Law and 9 credit hours from the School of Communication. During the first year of the joint program, students will be required to attend the J.D. program full-time. Students will be able to take courses in the School of Communication beginning in the fall of their 2L year. Students must complete all J.D. requirements and all M.A. requirements as defined by their programs. Participants in the joint J.D./M.A. program are not required to complete the M.A. capstone project. The thesis-track is not open to students in the J.D./M.A. joint program without specific approval of the School of Communication. Students may take summer law courses, which may reduce the length of the joint degree program by up to one semester. Students may not take more than 16 credit hours each semester, excluding summer sessions. 17 credit hours per semester may be taken with permission from the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, School of Law. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories of Communication
  • Methods of Communication Research
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Advanced Communication Research Methods and Statistics
  • Survey Of Health Communication
  • Culture And Health
  • Organizations, Communication Health
  • Risk Communication
  • Health Communication Interventions

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      This program allows students to earn a J.D. and an M.A. in Communication in 3 to 3½ years.

  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • The University of Miami requires a minimum score of 297 (total of verbal + quantitative) for acceptance into any Graduate School program.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • The most competitive UM applicants have a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in a related field
  • Complete the online application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Send official Test Scores: Test scores will only be accepted if they are submitted directly from the testing agency
  • Complete the School Report
  • Letter(s) or Recommendation
  • Conduct updates, if applicable
  • Special Programs may ask for additional requirements like a portfolio or/and schedule and audition
  • If applicable, submit your financial aid documents
  • For international students only: Submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Miami

  • 1508 - 2610 USD/month
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