Why not your J.D. and M.P.A.? Or, a J.D. and M.A. in International Relations?

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University

The highly respected Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University offers College of Law students the ability to pursue joint degrees in the professional fields of public administration/policy (M.P.A) and international affairs (M.A. International Relations). Promising young professionals with a concern for issues at the intersection of law and policy in the domestic and international arenas will benefit from exposure to the public management and policy analysis skills sets available within both of these joint degree programs. Joint Maxwell and Syracuse Law graduates often seek legal positions within all levels of government, international organizations, public sector consulting and a variety of related public sector organizations and law firms that deal with the critical policy, management and legal dilemmas facing our society.

Here's what you'll study

Since its establishment in 1924, the Maxwell School and its distinguished faculty have greatly influenced the growth and development of public administration, policy and international affairs. More than 8,000 Maxwell School alumni worldwide work in all levels of government, nonprofit agencies, private firms and colleges and universities.

The Maxwell School’s M.P.A. program, consistently ranked #1 in US News and World Report, is chiefly focused on a balanced and transferable skill set in public management and policy analysis. The M.P.A. is suitable for a career in public, nonprofit and related private sectors and versatile enough to serve an entire career, whether domestic or international. A unique interdisciplinary approach will help students understand the political, economic and social context of public administration, as well as learn the skills necessary for effective management and decision making in the policy world.

The M.A. International Relations degree, also highly ranked in its field by Foreign Affairs, provides students with a deep understanding of the world and regional affairs necessary for the global workplace and draws on the Maxwell Schools expertise in public affairs and cutting edge applied social science research. Concentrations include: International Economics, Finance and Trade; Democracy, Development and Humanitarian Assistance; Governance, Diplomacy and International Organizations and Peace, Security and Conflict. Competency in a second language is critical for a career in the international arena, and required for application to the M.A. International Relations program.

You may obtain the J.D. and M.P.A. or the J.D. and MAIR in three years instead of the four necessary to earn both degrees independently.

Here's what you need to know

Syracuse Law is the primary school for students enrolled in a joint degree program at Syracuse University. For a joint degree in Public Administration, you will earn 72 law credits plus 25 approved M.P.A. credits. For International Relations, the credits required are 72 law credits plus 28 approved Maxwell School credits. Most joint degree programs may be completed in three years (six semesters) and, potentially, one summer. In all cases, both programs must be completed within four years.

Students seeking dual degrees must apply to both programs separately, and admission to Syracuse Law does not guarantee admission to other graduate programs. Students are required to complete their first year of study at Syracuse Law and candidates for joint degree programs must obtain advance approval from Syracuse Law. The specific number of credits required for non-law graduate programs may vary depending on each student’s previous academic background in the subject area.

In addition, joint degree students are charged Syracuse Law tuition rates only, essentially offering the opportunity to earn two advanced degrees for the price of one.

Here’s what our students are saying

For more information contact

Law Admissions

College of Law
Admissions & Financial Aid
Suite 340 College of Law
Phone: 315.443.1962
Fax: 315.443.9568
Web: law.syr.edu
Email: admissions@law.syr.edu

JD/M.P.A. or JD/M.A. International Relations

Christine M. Omolino
Director of Admission and Financial Aid Department of Public Administration and International Affairs
215 Office Suite
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.4000
Web: maxwell.syr.edu


Specific questions & inquiries
about joint law programs:

Keri Foster
Associate Director
Office of Student Life
Suite 444 College of Law
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.1146
Fax: 315.443.9719
Web: law.syr.edu
Email: studentlife@law.syr.edu

Here's where you'll spend a lot of your time

There are significant advantages to tackling your law degree in an environment that’s integrated with a major university. Here are some of the places you’ll be spending your time as you pursue your studies. In your spare time? Well, there’s plenty of excitement to find here as well.

Syracuse University College of Law: A rich tradition in law and interdisciplinary legal studies.

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse: A national leader in public affairs, political science and international relations.