Joint M.A. Degrees

 

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.

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 Political Science Department. 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 Political Science Department 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 Political Science Department should follow normal financial aid application procedures.

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


M.A.-M.B.A. Degree

The Department of Political Science, in conjunction with the College of Business Administration, offers a program of joint study leading to a master of arts (M.A.) degree in Political Science (POSC) or International Affairs (INAF) and a master's of business administration (M.B.A.) degree. The program is designed for students whose interests overlap business and politics or business and international affairs. Joint degree students are able to complete both degree programs in less time than if both degrees were pursued separately.

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

Joint degree students count 9 credits of coursework in each program toward the required coursework credits of the other program. Thus, 9 of the 40 credits required for the M.B.A. degree will come from POSC courses, and 9 of the 30 credits required for the POSC or INAF M.A. degree will come from Business Administration (BUAD) or related courses.


M.A. in Political Science and in Communication

The Department of Political Science, in conjunction with the College of Communication, offers a program of joint study leading to a master of arts (M.A.) degree in political science (POSC) or international affairs (INAF) and a master of arts (M.A.) degree in communication (COMM). The program is designed for students whose interests overlap politics and aspects of communication such as advertising, journalism, or broadcasting. Joint degree students are able to complete both degree programs in less time than if both degrees were pursued separately.

Students seeking admission into the joint degree program must meet the admission requirements of each program. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance into the other.

Joint degree students count 9 credits of coursework in each program toward the required coursework credits of the other program. Thus, 9 of the 36 credits required for the COMM M.A. degree in will come from POSC courses, and 9 of the 30 credits required for the POSC or INAF M.A. degree will come from COMM courses.

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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 Political Science Department will accept LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores and in the case of the M.A.-M.B.A., the Political Science Department 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.

MORE INFORMATION

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

Dr. Susan Giaimo, the Director of Graduate Studies in the Political Science Department (at 414-288-6842 or susan.giaimo@marquette.edu)

The Marquette University Law School Office of Admissions (at 414-288-6767 or law.admission@marquette.edu)

Dr. Jeanne Simmons, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Management (at 414-288-7145 or jeanne.simmons@marquette.edu)

Dr. Dr. Erik Ugland, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research of the College of Communication (at 414-288-3494 or erik.ugland@marquette.edu).


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