Jun 14, 2021  
USC Catalogue 2019-2020 
USC Catalogue 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts, Political Science (JD/MA)


The Department of Political Science and the Gould School of Law jointly offer a dual degree program leading to the JD and MA degrees. Applicants must apply to both the Department of Political Science and the law school and meet the requirements for admission to both. In addition to the LSAT, students interested in this program are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

In the first year, students take their course work in the law school exclusively. The second and third years include 24 units in political science and 40 units in law.

Like all other students in the political science MA program, students pursuing the dual degree must pass a master’s screening examination in their field of choice. If they wish to write a master’s thesis, they may do so in lieu of two courses.