B.A. and Master's Degree in Five Years

The B.A./M.A. joint degree program allows students to apply credit jointly to a B.A. and an M.A degree in order to complete both degrees in five years.  Students must have a 3.5 GPA at the beginning of their junior year to be eligible to apply. They must take the GRE, apply to the graduate program of the department at the beginning of their junior year, and be admitted.

Students in the program are allowed to count four courses toward both the B.A. and M.A. degrees.  They must fulfill all distribution requirements for the undergraduate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences and all requirements for the B.A. and M.A. in politics.

Students interested in the B.A./M.A. program should contact Department Chair Dr. Dennis Coyle, or Undergraduate Coordinator Dr. Andrew Yeo, by the beginning of their junior year to develop a possible program of study. Once a program has been drawn up, it must be formally approved by the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the department. Students then apply to the graduate program.

B.A. and Law Degree in Six Years

The B.A./J.D. joint degree program allows a student to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree within six years. Students must have a 3.6 GPA by the end of their sophomore year, score a minimum of 157 on the LSAT in their junior year, and be accepted to study at the Columbus School of Law.

Completing this program requires careful advanced planning. Interested students should contact the Assistant Dean for an interview no later than the spring of their sophomore year.

Joint M.A. and J.D. Program

Earn a Master of Arts in either the Congressional and Presidential Studies (CAPS) program or the International Affairs program (MAIA) and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law.  Twelve (12) politics credits are applied toward the J.D. and nine (9) law credits are applied toward the Master of Arts. Therefore, a student must take 21 CAPS or MAIA credits (or seven courses), plus complete the other MA requirements.   

These programs require application to and acceptance by the Columbus School of Law and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Please see the Columbus School of Law for more information about the J.D. program.