Joint Master of Arts in Political Science/Juris Doctor

The joint M.A./J.D. program offers students the opportunity to earn both Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees in about the same time as either degree would take alone. Admission to this program requires the separate approval of both the Law School and the Department of Political Science.

Law School admissions policy requires that applicants submit scores for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Students may begin coursework in either the Department of Political Science or in the Law School. However, upon admission to the Law School, students must complete the required first-year law curriculum before taking any other courses. Subsequently, a combination of political science and law courses may be taken. Upon completion of the Department of Political Science requirements for the M.A. and the Law School requirements for the J.D., students are awarded both degrees.

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For more details about the program, please consult the most recent copy of the Political Science Graduate Handbook available on the program's Canvas site to current students or contact the director of graduate programs at

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