Joint Master of Arts in History and Juris Doctor

The master of arts/juris doctor (MA/JD) program leads to a simultaneous receipt of an M.A. from the Department of History and a JD from the Law School. The joint MA/JD program provides interdisciplinary training in History and Law for students interested in legal academia or in law-related career paths, such as public policy or government work.

Students who have successfully completed their first year at the Wayne State Law School may apply for admission to the joint degree. The history department now offers courses both at our campus in the heart of Detroit's cultural center and online, making earning your master's degree more accessible than ever. 

Completing the 30-credit master's program requires only one additional semester of study beyond the time required for the JD. Students in the program take seminars in legal history, history electives suitable to their interests, and write a master's essay on a topic related to legal history.

Application deadline

Students are admitted to the master's program for both fall and winter terms. Applicants must apply by April 15 to begin the following fall or October 15 to begin the following winter. 

You must complete your first year of law school at Wayne State University before beginning the dual degree program. In your statement of purpose for the MA in History, indicate that you intend to pursue a dual degree. Please review the admissions section of the graduate handbook (PDF) for instructions on how to prepare your application materials.

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Tracy Neumann, history graduate director

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