Politics and the law meet at an increasingly busy intersection. A strong navigator is on track for a career in the public policy sector or a law practice involving government agencies. The JD/MA dual-degree program offered by the School of Law and the Department of Political Science gives you the opportunity to combine the study of law with an exploration of the political context within which legal systems operate.
You will achieve all learning outcomes of both the JD and MA in Political Science degrees. Your studies in each program will be enhanced by designing a curriculum tailored to your interests and career goals.
You will work with your advisors to plot your course sequence based on admission time, career goals, and course availability. Here is a sample plan:
Fall and Spring Semesters
Full time Law Program, 29-30 credits
8-10 credits of Law School coursework
- Elective courses
- Research Design
- Political Analysis I
9-11 credits of Law School elective coursework
6 credits of Political Science coursework
- Political Analysis II
- Course in Comparative Politics or International Relations
12-14 credits of Law School coursework
3 credits of Political Science coursework (course in American Politics)
12-14 credits of Law School elective coursework
3 credits of Political Science coursework (course in American Politics or Political Theory) and written comprehensive examination
To earn a dual JD/MA in Political Science degree, you must complete a total of 96 credit hours, including 78 law school credit hours and 18 credit hours of political science credit. The dual degree can be completed in four years of concentrated study. You will spend your first year as a full-time law student. JD foundational course requirements and skills and experiential course requirements will be taken in the second, third and fourth years, concurrent with political science coursework. You must also pass a comprehensive examination in political science.
Students admitted to the School of Law are admitted automatically to the JD/MA dual-degree program in political science. Law students interested in the dual-degree program should complete an application for admission to the Graduate School and include a copy of the letter of admission to the School of Law.
Tuition and Fees
The School of Law and Loyola's Office of Student Financial Assistance are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their legal education at Loyola affordable.
With proper planning, dual-degree students can benefit from adjustments to their tuition. The University's Student Business Office will calculate the tuition of each dual degree student. School of Law financial awards are applied to School of Law tuition only.
Why would I want to consider a dual degree program?
By pursuing two degrees through the dual degree program, you may obtain both degrees simultaneously in less time than if you pursued the degrees separately. The dual JD/MA in Political Science program prepares students for careers in the public sector or law practices involving administrative agencies or processes, by combining the study of law with an exploration of the political context within which domestic and international legal systems operate. JD/MA students have gone on to pursue careers in politics, government, international affairs, law, the non-profit sector, journalism, business, education, and social services.
How does the academic advising system work?
At the School of Law, each dual degree student will be matched with an appropriate law school professor who will serve as the academic advisor for the student. Advising with respect to the MA program will be coordinated with the Department of Political Science.
What are the prerequisites for a dual degree?
Dual degree students must be admitted to each school. Once admitted to the School of Law, students complete their first year law courses. If you begin coursework in the political science program first, the School of Law will accept credits for non-law courses taken during the summer before your first year of law courses.
When do I need to do when I decide to enter the program?
Individuals admitted to the School of Law should declare their dual degree status at the earliest possible time:
- Upon admission (at the Office of Admissions)
- Upon entry into the law school (at the School of Law)
- Later in your law studies (at the School of Law Registrar)