By: Jabria Roscoe

Starting this fall semester, the School of Communication is partnering with the University of Miami School of Law to offer graduate students a combined Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Media Management. This joint degree is the second dual program between the School of Communication and the School of Law, after the implementation of the J.D./M.A. in Communication in 2011. Each combined program will save students a total of 12 credits.

“We are thrilled to be offering this new J.D./M.S. joint degree program, along with the J.D./M.A.,” said Hakim Lakhdar, Director of Professional and Intellectual Life Programming at the UM School of Law. “We now have two strong joint degrees with the School of Communication that we hope to build upon.”

The J.D./M.S. degree will allow students who are interested in both the regulatory and economic aspects of the media industry to explore their interests. Lakhdar says law students will be able to enroll in courses at the Miami Herbert Business School and the Department of Journalism and Media Management. “Students will take essential business courses like corporate strategy and organizational behavior, as well as an array of courses focusing on issues in media management,” Lakhdar said.

Michel Dupagne, a Media Management professor and graduate advisor at UM, says the combination of courses will enable students to gain additional knowledge they can apply to their future careers. “Law students will know more about business principles, and media management students will gain a legal perspective that will allow them to be more marketable,” Dupagne said.

The program is designed to be completed in three to three and a half years. Students must be admitted to both the Law School and the School of Communication to earn this joint degree.

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