Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in Political Science
This program recognizes the many connections among politics, government, and law. Students interested in these connections will have a unique opportunity to explore them in the course of completing the dual degree program. Students enrolled in the program will also acquire interdisciplinary skills in research and writing. Applicants must be admitted independently to both the MA Political Science program and the School of Law. Students must also be admitted to the dual degree program by each school.
Students may begin the dual degree program in either the Department of Political Science or the School of Law. In the first year of law study, however, the participating student will take only law classes. In the following two or three years, the student may combine law and political science classes. Nine (9) hours from each program can be counted as electives in the other program. Thus, students will complete 81 hours in the School of Law (instead of the usual 90). The hours required in the Department of Political Science vary depending on the course of study the student selects, but nine (9) hours of approved law electives will count towards the MA Political Science requirements.
To earn a dual degree, law students must be admitted to the dual degree program and apply to the MA Political Science program prior to completing the first semester of the second year of law school. MA Political Science students must be admitted to the dual degree program and apply to the School of Law prior to completing 18 credit hours of MA Political Science course work.
Upon admission to both schools and the program, the student should work with academic advisors from both schools to develop a schedule for his or her course of study. Careful curriculum planning is required for the JD/MA Political Science degree. Some courses are sequenced or have pre-requisites and must be taken in a specific order. In addition, the School of Law limits the number of credit hours a student may take in any one semester. To complete the program in four years, students may need to take summer classes. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor and update the course of study as needed.