In response to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, Cleveland State has updated graduate application processes. For spring 2022 applicants, the application fee is being waived and students who are not able to take the GRE will have this requirement waived.
We encourage applicants to submit a personal statement of intent with your application. Personal statements may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or uploaded directly to your admissions application. Questions? Please email us at email@example.com.
The combined curriculum leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies is designed to permit the student to complete both degrees over a maximum of four years instead of the five years that would normally be required to complete the two degrees separately.
This program is designed for those students interested in pursuing careers in the environmental field from either a law or policy perspective. Students in the environmental studies program develop skills that are in high demand.
The degree would be applicable to students interested in careers with:
- Law firms
- Public policy organizations
- Consulting firms
- Public interest organizations
- Nonprofit environmental advocacy organizations
- State and federal environmental regulatory agencies
- Other governmental entities
Entry into the Dual Degree Program can occur in one of two ways:
Applicants who are not currently enrolled in either the JD or the MA in Environmental Studies degree program must apply for admission to both the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Law concurrently and follow the normal procedures of the respective colleges. Application for admission must be specifically for the Dual Degree Program. Students who enroll in this manner will spend their first year taking courses exclusively in the JD program and their second year taking courses exclusively in the MA in Environmental Studies program. In the third and fourth years students will take courses in both degree programs.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in either the JD or the MA in Environmental Studies degree program must apply for admission to the other degree program prior to the completion of 60 credit hours in the JD program or 24 credit hours in the MA in Environmental Studies program. Students who enroll in this manner will be advised as to how to schedule the remainder of their courses in the Dual Degree Program. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to take more than eight years to complete the combined programs.