Joint Juris Doctor and Master of Science Program

The Tulane University joint JD/MS in International Development (ID) programs allows the student to earn a JD from the Tulane University Law School and a Masters of Science from the Payson Center for International Development concurrently. This program allows students with interests in international legal issues and/or international development policy to maximize their educational and career opportunities.

Course of Study

The JD/MS in International Development is a time and cost efficient program where requirements for both degrees can generally be completed in three to four calendar years.  Normally, the Law School requires eighty-eight (88) hours in the JD curriculum while the Payson Center requires thirty-six (36) hours of course work in International Development. 

For those students following the JD/MS degree, each school will accept transfer credits earned in the other school.  This will allow the student to finish the JD/MS in International Development degree after seventy-nine (79) hours of law courses and twenty-seven (27) hours in international development.

Students may begin the program at either school; however, the first year of study at the law school must be full-time.  Students are required to be primarily enrolled at the Law School for at least five (5) full semesters (summer sessions do not count toward this requirement).  All financial aid will be administered through the school in which the student is registered each semester.  Both degrees will be awarded at the end of the same semester.

The JD curriculum consists of thirty-one (31) hours of required courses as well as forty-eight (48) hours of electives.  The MS in International Development curriculum consists of eighteen hours (18) hours of required courses and nine (9) hours of electives.

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