Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Education Policy Studies

Students must be admitted to the master of arts in education and human development in the field of education policy studies (MA ED&HD) degree program and, separately, to the juris doctor degree program. Each school separately must approve a student’s application to pursue the joint degree. 

Once a student has been admitted to both schools as a joint degree candidate, the first year of study must be devoted exclusively to the prescribed law curriculum. Subsequently, any combination of law and master's degree courses may be taken in any semester.

Under Law School regulations, the grade of Credit (CR) or No Credit (NC) is recorded for courses taken at any other GW school, and a student must receive a grade of at least B- to receive a grade of CR. Grades of CR and NC resulting from courses taken outside of the Law School count toward the total of 17 credits allowed under the School's Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) option. Law students receive 1 credit for each 700 minutes of scheduled class time in a semester; therefore, a law student may in some cases earn only 2 credits for a course offered by another school of the University for 3 credits. 

The joint degrees must be conferred simultaneously and only after all requirements for both degrees have been met. The Law School Records Office and Dean of Students Office work in consultation to transfer 12 credits earned as part of the MA ED&HD degree to the JD degree transcript in the final month before graduation. It is the responsibility of each joint degree student to ensure that grades from their final semester or summer session of study are transferred to the Law School for credit to qualify for graduation. Capstone projects, language requirements, and/or any other requirements for the MA ED&HD must be fully met before the law degree will be conferred.

A number of other regulations govern the joint degree programs. Students interested in entering one of these programs should consult with both admissions offices, and, in the Law School, the Dean of Students Office.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

GSEHD course requirements
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
EDUC 6314History of American Education Reform
EDUC 6368Leadership and Education
EDUC 6371Education Policy
EDUC 6381Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice
EDUC 6388Analysis of Education Policy Issues
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
One of the following:
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6650Education and National Development
Electives
12 credits in approved electives taken through the Law School or GSEHD. Joint degree students must seek prior approval from their GSEHD faculty advisor to ensure that any course taken will be considered toward MA ED&HD. electives. The Law School Dean of Students should approve credit for additional GSEHD courses that are law-related and develop policy analysis skills.