One of the attractive features of the MAAS program is its provision for students to enroll simultaneously in either the J.D. program or various Ph.D. programs. Dual degree students receive full preparation both in their discipline and in regional studies, and save up to one year of course work compared to students who pursue the two degrees sequentially. They experience substantial time and cost savings, and may also take advantage of the opportunities provided by both programs, including access to financial aid, teaching fellowships, and alumni networks.
Currently, the MAAS program has dual degrees with the following programs:
- MAAS/GOVT Ph.D. (Department of Government)
- MAAS/HIST Ph.D. (Department of History)
- MAAS/LAW JD (Georgetown Law Center)
Applicants for the dual degree programs must submit two separate and complete applications: one to the MAAS program and one to the Ph.D. or J.D. program. Admission to the dual degree program is conditional upon acceptance into both programs. While dual degree applicants normally submit both applications in advance of initiating their studies at Georgetown, MAAS candidates who become interested in this option during the first year of study are eligible to apply at the end of their first semester.
Specific degree requirements vary among departments.
Accelerated BSFS/MAAS Degree
Accelerated BSFS/MAAS students complete both degrees in five years. Students apply to the program in their junior year and start the MAAS program in their senior year. Accelerated students must fully meet the requirements of both degrees including: maintaining a minimal B (3.0/4.0) average, successful completion of the MAAS Arabic language oral and written proficiency examinations, and successful completion of the oral comprehensive examination or thesis. No more than four courses taken during the student’s senior year may be used to fulfill MAAS program requirements.