Joint M.A.–J.D.

The joint M.A.–J.D. program in Law and Political Science (POSC) or International Affairs (INAF) allows students to complete the two degrees in four years, whereas pursuing them separately would require five years. This is possible because students in the program are allowed to count 9 hours of Political Science (POSC) credits toward the law degree and 9 hours of Law credits toward their political science degree.

Program Information

Admission

Students seeking admission into the joint degree program must meet the admission requirements of each program, although their application may include LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance into the other.

Program Schedule

Students admitted to the joint program will spend their first year in the program taking exclusively Law School courses. Starting in the students' second year at the Law School, they will be begin taking graduate-level POSC courses.

Course Requirements

Students will fulfill the credit hour requirements of both the Law program and either the POSC of the INAF program, along with all other normal degree requirements. A minimum of 21 credit hours at the 6000 course level are required. The core seminar requirements for the POSC and INAF M.A. programs apply to students in the joint program. The 9 credit hours of Law courses are treated as "cognate" courses by the Department of Political Science. Although POSC or INAF M.A. students are generally only allowed 9 credits of cognate course work, one additional cognate course may be approved on an individual basis if there is a compelling reason to do so. Students in the joint program will be expected to complete the research papers requirement and pass the M.A. comprehensive examinations. One of these may be a research paper completed in the Law School.

Financial Aid

Students in the M.A.-J.D. joint program are eligible for financial aid from both the Law School and the Department of Political Science. However, in both cases, tuition scholarships may be used only for coursework in the unit in which they are awarded. In awarding research assistantships, the Department of Political Science normally grants preference to students who will be completing mostly POSC graduate courses during the period they will hold the assistantship. Those interested in financial aid from the Department of Political Science should follow normal financial aid application procedures.

M.A. Degree in Political Science or International Affairs for Lawyers

The Department of Political Science also offers an "M.A. for Lawyers." Applicants to either M.A. program who have already completed a J.D. will be considered to have completed 9 hours of cognate credits which will count toward the 30 hours of credits required for an M.A. in Political Science or International Affairs. This will substantially shorten their course of study. Applications for this program are considered solely by the Department of Political Science.

Application Procedures

Candidates for admission to the joint programs must submit applications to both of the programs sponsoring the joint degree. General admission requirements and applications procedures for both units apply to applicants to the joint program, except that in the case of the M.A.-J.D., the Department of Political Science will accept LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores and in the case of the M.A.-M.B.A., the Department of Political Science will accept GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. Acceptance by one unit does not guarantee acceptance by the other. Students who are already admitted to or who have begun taking courses in any single program may still apply for the Joint Program.


Additional Information

Those interested in one of the joint degree programs are welcome to contact one of the following individuals: