Application Timing

With the exception of the J.D./M.A.S.S.P. program, applicants may apply for a joint degree program after they are accepted into the law school, graduate or doctoral degree program. You may apply for a joint degree program during the first year of either the J.D. or the masters or Ph.D. program. Although it is recommended that you apply to the J.D. and masters or Ph.D. programs at the same time, it is not required. Many first year law students apply to the additional program in the fall of the 1L year and become joint degree candidates if admitted. Since admission decisions are made independently, applicants are not guaranteed any special admissions consideration if you are already enrolled in or accepted to another program.

J.D./M.A.S.S.P. joint degree program to apply to both the M.A. and the J.D. programs simultaneously. Students must apply independently to both the Law Center and the SSP and be admitted to both in order to be considered joint degree program students. Applicants who have already begun their studies at the Law Center or at the SSP will not be considered for admission to the joint degree program. For questions about this policy, please contact the SSP Admissions Department at or 202-687-5679.

For students who attend classes on a part-time basis, a joint degree may be possible depending on the program, but often involves specific considerations that require individualized counseling with the Office of J.D. Academic Services.

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