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Maxwell / Department of Political Science

Joint Degrees

Law/Political Science, JD/MA; Law/Political Science, JD/PhD

Degree Requirements

The Juris Doctor/Master of Arts and Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science are joint degrees which may be conferred by the College of Law and the Syracuse University Political Science Department. Students enrolled in these programs may obtain their J.D./M.A. or J.D./Ph.D. in Political Science in substantially less time than would be necessary if both programs were separately pursued.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to Professor Seth Jolly, Director of Graduate Studies, (skjolly@maxwell.syr.edu). Students with general questions and inquiries concerning procedures regarding joint degrees should contact Courtney Abbott Hill, Associate Director for Student Life, Suite 220 College of Law (443-1146, cabbotth@law.syr.edu).

Joint Master of Arts in International Relations/Ph.D. in Political Science

Joint-degree students receive the MAIR and the PhD (but not the MA in political science) by completing a total of 79 credit hours – 58 hours of coursework along with 21 dissertation credits. The following courses will simultaneously count toward both degree programs: PSC 651, PSC 693, PSC 783, PSC 792, PAI 762, and PAI 720 or PAI 723. All joint degree students must demonstrate competency in a second language.

All PhD students are required to pass qualifying examinations in two chosen fields of specialization, generally by the end of the third year. Students must also write and defend a doctoral dissertation.

Questions and inquiries should be directed to Professor Seth Jolly, Director of Graduate Studies, (skjolly@maxwell.syr.edu). Students with general questions and inquiries concerning procedures regarding this joint degree can contact Candy Brooks, Political Science Graduate/Office Coordinator, cbrook01@maxwell.syr.edu or Joshua Kennedy, Associate Director, Student Services, Public Administration and International Affairs jjkenn01@maxwell.syr.edu.