Joint Degrees – Overview and Requirements

Joint Degrees with the College of Law

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 less time than would be necessary if both programs were separately pursued.

Students with general questions and inquiries concerning procedures regarding joint degrees with the law school should contact the College of Law Registrar’s Office, Suite 220 Dineen Hall (

Joint Degree in International Relations MA/Political Science PhD

Joint-degree students receive the M.A. in International Relations and the Ph.D. (but not the M.A.) 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 modern foreign language.

All Ph.D. 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.

Students with general questions and inquiries concerning procedures regarding this joint degree can contact Candy Brooks, Political Science Academic Advisor ( or Joshua Kennedy, Associate Director, Student Services, Public Administration and International Affairs (

Additional information is available in our course catalog.