College of Law > Academics > Joint Degree Programs > JD/MS in International Public Service
The JD/MS in International Public Service (IPS) with the College of Liberal Arts & Social Science (LAS) prepares students interested in public policy to serve the common good and advance a just society, in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. The IPS degree educates professionals to the field of international development and global humanitarian affairs. It provides the essential competencies and skills for managing international projects and leading international nongovernmental organizations. The combined JD/MS degree prepares students to work in governmental, nongovernmental, legal, and business organizations that seek to reduce disparities in resources and opportunities in locations across the globe.
To be accepted to the joint degree program, students must complete at least 29 credits in the College of Law with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. They apply to the LAS graduate program after their first semester in law school.
Traditional JD students must complete 86 credit hours to graduate from the College of Law. However, under a joint degree program, a student earns the JD degree after completing a minimum of 76 credit hours. The College of Law applies up to 10 credits toward the JD degree for work completed in the other graduate degree program. Traditional international studies students must complete 48 credit hours to receive the MA degree. However, under the joint degree program, you are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. The Graduate College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences will accept up to 12 hours of credit for work completed in the College of Law. A joint degree student may not receive credit for courses that create a redundancy in coursework.
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