Arts Management

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Heinz College offer a joint degree program designed to train students for careers in which arts management and law overlap.  This program, spanning four years, prepares you for careers in which arts management and law overlap. You must satisfy both schools' degree requirements, but some credit is given by each school for completing the other school's program.

The joint degree program is designed to be completed in eight semesters over four academic years instead of the five years required if pursued separately. Students interested in the joint degree program can pursue both programs simultaneously. During the first year, students study at either the Heinz School or the School of Law, taking the standard first-year curriculum of the respective school. The second year involves full-time study at the other school. For the third and fourth years, students take courses at both schools. In order to graduate with both degrees, students have to fulfill both schools’ degree requirements.

Contact Information

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Office of Admissions
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 648-1413
admitlaw@pitt.edu

Faculty Advisor
Michael J. Madison
Professor of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 648-7855
madison@pitt.edu

School of Public Policy & Management at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 268-2164
(800) 977-3498
hnzadmit@andrew.cmu.edu

The Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Law School have different degree requirements. Carnegie Mellon courses are counted in units and University of Pittsburgh courses are counted in credits. A 12-unit course is the equivalent of a 3-credit course. To fulfill the program requirements for the Law School, students have to complete 88 credits while the Heinz School requires 204 units for the MAM degree. Students in the joint degree program are able to transfer 9 credits to the Heinz School degree after completing their JD degree and 56 units to the JD degree after completing their MAM degree.

Sample Course Sequence

Year 1

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Heinz Core Courses 108   9

Year 2

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Law School Required first year   33 11

Year 3

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Heinz Concentration / Electives 36   3
Law School Required Courses/Electives   24 8

Year 4

School Courses Heinz Units Law School Credits No. of Courses
Heinz Concentration / Electives 24   2
Law School Required Courses/Electives   18 6

Totals

Total Taken 168 units 74 credits
Total Transferred 36 units 14 credits
Total Required 204 units 88 credits

A full listing of the requirements for graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law can be found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Before selecting courses for each program, students are required to meet with their Academic Advisors at both programs to map out a course of study. In addition to the course work for both programs, Heinz School students are required to complete a summer internship after their first year at the Heinz School. Students can receive assistance from the Career Services Office in securing an internship.

Since degrees in the joint programs are awarded concurrently, it is important to note that a student who resigns from one program will be subject to all the requirements for graduation from the remaining degree program.

Admission to the joint degree program may be obtained prior to, or during the first year of study at either school. Applicants to the program must complete each school’s application for admission and the attached joint degree program application. A copy of the joint degree applications and a statement describing your interest in the program should be sent to each school by May 1. Please note that the admission deadline for the Law School and the Heinz School is March 1.

Interested candidates to the joint program should refer to each school’s program brochures or websites for specifics on admission requirements. Applicants to the joint degree program must take the GRE or GMAT for the Heinz School and the LSAT for the Law School. Neither test will be substituted for the other program, and students are encouraged to take both early to ensure the timely receipt for a complete application.

Tuition

Students accepted into the program, regardless of whether they have already completed their first year at either the Heinz School or the School of Law, will be charged tuition at different rates. During the first year at the Heinz School, students are charged at the then-current Heinz School tuition rate. For the first year at the School of Law, students are charged at the then-current School of Law tuition rate. Tuition for the third and fourth years in the program is equal to the sum of 85 percent of the then-current School of Law tuition and 42.5 percent of the then-current Heinz School tuition.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible to apply for financial aid from the school they are enrolled in during their first and second year. In the third and fourth years, students apply to both schools for financial aid. Although students may receive financial aid during their third and fourth years, it will be adjusted by approximately the same percentage that tuition to the respective school is reduced, and is dependent on available aid.