JD/Master in Applied Politics (Joint Degree Program)

This joint degree, which is only the second of its kind in the country, is a collaboration of the University’s nationally recognized School of Law, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and the Department of Political Science. It combines the Juris Doctor and the Master of Applied Politics degrees allowing students to complete requirements with 18 fewer credits than if they took the programs consecutively.

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to both the School of Law and the master's degree program in Applied Politics in order to participate in the joint degree program.

Requirements for admission to the master's degree program in Applied Politics:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Applicants should contact the School of Law for those specific admission requirements.



Application Deadline

  • March 1 for Fall enrollment
  • December 1 for Spring enrollment

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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