The School of Journalism and Mass Communications in cooperation with the University of South Carolina School of Law offers a combined degree program that permits a student to obtain the J.D. and Master of Mass Communications (M.M.C.) degrees in approximately four years. Through the combined program, the total course load may be reduced from that required if the two degrees were earned separately since 9 hours of electives towards the J.D. may be earned in the Mass Communication program. Students in the M.M.C. program may use up to 9 hours of law course credit as electives. Prior to obtaining permission to the combined degree program, a student must be admitted to both the School of Law and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Three courses (9 hours) may count for dual credit. Therefore, a student enrolled in the dual program will have a Program of Study for the School of Law showing a total of 91 credit hours, and a Program of Study for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications showing a total of 36 credit hours.