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J.D./M.A. FAQs

Q1: I am presently a JD candidate at Georgia State. In applying to the MA program, must I go through all of the steps required of applicants not already enrolled in the JD program at the College of Law, such as taking the GRE?
A1: For details of the MA application process, see the Philosophy Department website. The only "shortcut" available to currently enrolled Georgia State JD candidates is this: you may ask Tricia Rackliffe, the College of Law Registrar, to forward a copy of your JD application file to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Office. Your LSAT score may count in lieu of the GRE, and your LSDAS transcript can substitute for your undergraduate transcript.
 
Q2: Must I pay tuition for both programs? If not, may I elect to pay the lower MA tuition rather than JD tuition while I am enrolled in the joint program?
A2: Students enrolled at Georgia State do not pay a flat tuition fee, but pay a per-credit-hour rate. Students enrolled in the Joint JD/MA program will pay the per-credit-hour rate assigned by the College offering the course, plus the flat Mandatory Student Fee charged each semester.
 
Q3: What kinds of assistance are available to JD/MA students?
A3: Students enrolled in the Joint Program are eligible for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) in the College of Law, and for Graduate Office Assistantships (GOAs), Graduate Learning Assitantships (GLAs), and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) in the Philosophy Department. Every effort will be made to secure a College of Law GRA position for each JD/MA candidate, for each semester in which she is enrolled in the Joint Program and taking Law courses. No guarantees can be made, however, either as to availability or amount.
 
Q4: I'm in the JD program at Georgia State. I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to the joint program, but are there any cross-listed Philosophy courses that I may take for credit toward my JD?
A4: No.
 
Q5: Does the Philosophy Department offer evening classes?
A5: The Philosophy graduate program does not offer evening classes. The Department has found almost no demand for courses at that time and much more demand for courses during the day.
 
Q6: I am a Georgia State Philosophy MA candidate. If I become a joint-degree candidate by enrolling in the JD program, may I get credit toward my JD for Philosophy courses I've already taken.
A6: Yes, however, the College of Law does not normally permit enrollment in the joint degree program after a student has completed more than 20 semester hours
 
Q7: If I enroll in the Joint Program but later decide not to complete the MA, will the Philosophy courses I've taken still count towards the degree requirements for the JD? Similarly, if I later decide not to complete the JD, will the JD courses I've taken still count towards the degree requirements for the MA?
A7: No credit hours for MA course work will be applied toward JD degree requirements until the MA degree is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the MA first. Similarly, no credit hours of JD course work will be applied toward MA degree requirements until the JD degree is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the JD first. As stated in the College of Law Bulletin, a law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the JD degree
 
Q8: I am a third year JD student planning to take the Bar exam this coming summer. Can I take part in the JD/MA program without having to postpone taking the Bar?
A8: Yes, but because you must have the JD to take the bar, see the answer to Q7 above.
 
Q9: I have the JD from GSU, may I enroll in the MA program and get credit towards the MA for my JD courses? Similarly, I have the MA from GSU, may I enroll in the JD program and get credit for my MA courses?
A9: No. To participate in the program, JD candidates must be accepted and enroll in the MA program before they received the JD. Similarly, MA candidates must be accepted and enroll in the JD program before they received the MA.

 

Revised 5/21/2002