Joint Degree Programs
J.D./Master of Business Administration and J.D./MBA in Accounting or Finance
Business and industry must take public and private law into account in all decisions. The College of Law and the Whitman School of Management have responded by creating joint degree programs in business administration. Students may obtain a J.D. and M.B.A. in four years instead of the five years necessary when both programs are pursued separately. This program is particularly appropriate for students with career objectives in corporate law, tax law, or labor law. Students may pursue general management programs or specialize in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and supply chain management.
J.D./Master of Science in Communications
Joint degrees in communications—offered with the renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications—prepare students for careers in communications law and media public policy. Students may matriculate into one of a number of programs, including specialized sequences in advertising, arts journalism, documentary film and history, magazine, newspaper and online journalism, media management, media studies, photography, public relations and television, radio, and film. The duration of the joint program in communications varies according to the program chosen and the student’s prior coursework.
J.D./Master of Science in Cultural Foundations of Education with an Optional Certificate in Disability Studies
This joint degree program offers students the opportunity to earn a J.D. and M.S. in Education, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Disability Studies [PDF], which is a New York State-approved certificate and concentration. Disability Studies applies legal, social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability in society, and this joint degree, with its concentration in Disability Studies, was the first such degree in the nation. Joint degree students enroll in selected courses with the School of Education, which is ranked among the best education graduate schools in the country, and its Special Education and Cultural Foundations in Education Programs are consistently ranked within the top 10 nationwide. Graduates are prepared for disability law and policy jobs in federal and state government, community service agencies, advocacy organizations, school districts, and law firms specializing in disability and/or education law. Students are able to complete the J.D. and M.S. in three years.
J.D./Master of Arts in International Relations
This joint degree—conferred in collaboration with the globally recognized Maxwell School—offers students a unique opportunity to combine their practical knowledge of world affairs with a J.D. from the College of Law. The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) combines rigorous, multidisciplinary coursework with real-world skills to give graduates an edge in the global job market. The curriculum requires the completion of five different career tracks, second language proficiency, and a professional capstone experience. Students may obtain the J.D. and MAIR in three years instead of the four necessary to earn both degrees independently. Students also can pursue a Certificate of Advanced Study in National Security and Counterterrorism Law through the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.
J.D./Master of Public Administration
The Maxwell School's storied public administration program educates students to work in government agencies, nonprofit sector, international organizations, think tanks, and elsewhere. The M.P.A. is the oldest academic training program of its kind in the United States, influencing the growth and development of public administration and policy in the US and globally. Students typically obtain the J.D. and M.P.A. in three years. Students also can pursue a Certificate of Advanced Study in National Security and Counterterrorism Law through the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.
J.D./Master of Science in Forensic Science
The J.D./Master’s of Science in Forensic Science is offered in collaboration with the Forensic & National Security Sciences Institute. Graduates often go on to work in law enforcement, as court psychologists, in federal agencies, or as investigators—after taking classes with leading forensic practitioners and gaining experience in world-class forensic science facilities.