Students may apply to the J.D. degree up to 12 credits of graduate-level work taken at the Graduate School (GRS) at B.U.
NOTE: Due to ABA accreditation requirements, the number of credits for a GRS course that may be applied to the J.D. degree may vary from what the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences grants for that course. Please check with the Law Registrar's Office to determine how many LAW credits will apply to a GRS course.
The requirements for the M.A. include courses dealing with core areas of theory and policy, economics, security studies, and regional studies. The required School of Law courses provide professional background and preparation for law. Specific requirements:
- A statistics requirement that may be satisfied by presentation of documentation of having passed an undergraduate course in statistics, or by passing IR 702 (Research Methods for International Relations Practitioners), CAS MA 113 or CAS MA 115 at Boston University. (IR strongly prefers that students take IR 702).
- A foreign language requirement, satisfied by: 1) taking a written exam involving translation from a foreign lagnuage into English, which is administered and evaluated by the IR Department; OR 2) by taking and passing any of five Graduate Reading Knowledge courses offered by the MFLL Department. These are zero credit courses taken P/F and focus on reading knowledge only. They are: LF 621 (French); LG 621
(German); LI 621 (Italian); LP 621 (Portuguese); and LS 621 (Spanish). Students cannot submit or defend their MA paper until this requirement has been fulfilled.
- Three core courses in the Department of International Relations.
- Three electives in the Department of International Relations.
- The School of Law's course, Introduction to International Law
Two courses from among approved School of Law offerings in international law and one seminar from among approved School of Law offerings in international law,
One course from among approved School of Law offerings in international law and two seminars from among approved School of Law offerings in international law.
- A master's research or policy paper prepared with an IR Department faculty advisor or, with prior approval by the Graduate Programs Administrator at IR, a School of Law faculty advisor, to be defended at an oral exam organized the Department of International Relations.
- A sufficient number of law courses to satisfy the Juris Doctor degree requirements.