Joint and Dual Degrees

Joint and Dual Degrees

The Elliott School of International Affairs offers programs of study leading to a Master of Arts and a Juris Doctor in cooperation with the Law School, a Master of Arts and a Master of Business Administration in cooperation with the School of Business, and a Master of Arts and a Master of Public Health in cooperation with the Milken Institute School of Public Health. For each program, students must apply to and be accepted for admission by both schools.

Students in joint-degree programs must  complete the requirements of both degrees before receiving either. A dual-degree program allows students to receive one degree prior to the completion of the second.

Please note that joint-degree students cannot be considered for fellowships until they begin studies at the Elliott School and submit a formal appeal for fellowship consideration to [email protected].

Joint Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration

The Elliott School of International Affairs and the George Washington University School of Business offer a joint-degree program leading to a Master of Business Administration in combination with any of the Master of Arts degrees in the Elliott School.

Students must be admitted to both schools separately, and each school must approve the student's application to pursue the joint-degree program.

Students must complete all the requirements for each degree. The Elliott School counts 12 credits of international business courses--taken as part of the M.B.A.--toward the completion of the M.A. degree. The School of Business allows up to 12 credits of coursework completed in the M.A. program to count toward completion of the M.B.A.

The degree programs in international trade and investment policy and international development allow specific additional courses to count for both degrees. Please confer with an adviser for the requirements of these programs.(link to graduate advising page)

All requirements for both degrees must be completed before either degree can be conferred. Students can normally complete the two degrees in four years of full-time study.

Joint Master of Arts and Juris Doctor  

The Elliott School of International Affairs cooperates with the George Washington University Law School in offering a joint-degree program leading to a Juris Doctor in combination with specific master’s of arts degrees.

A student must be admitted to both schools separately, and each school must approve the student's application to pursue the joint-degree program. Students must complete all the requirements for each degree. For students in the joint-degree program, the Elliott School counts 12 credits taken in international law courses as part of the J.D. degree toward the completion of the Master of Arts. The Law School, likewise, counts up to 12 credits of coursework completed in the M.A. program toward completion of the law degree. Students can normally complete the two degrees in four years of full-time study. All requirements for both degrees must be completed before either degree can be conferred.

 

The Elliott School of International Affairs cooperates with the Milken Institute School of Public Health in offering a dual-degree program leading to a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in combination with any of the Elliott School master’s of arts degrees.

The dual-degree program is offered to students who intend to pursue a field in global health as part of  their Master of Arts and who select the global health track in their master’s of public health program. The dual degree allows students to carry 12 credits from the M.P.H. into the M.A. and six credits from the M.A. to the M.P.H.,, reducing the total credit load to 67, from 85.

A full-time student may be able to complete both degrees within three years if courses are taken in summer terms. Students accepted into the dual-degree program may complete each degree separately.