Universities with renowned graduate degree programs are now offering Joint Masters and Doctorate degree programs to their students. Schools such as Columbia University in New York, Stanford's well known Political Science Department, London's School of Economics,  Duke Divinity School and Yale University's joint Religion annd Law programs among many other schools of higher learning offer Join Master and Doctorate Degree Programs. Concordia believes that this is the correct and wise avenue as well for our Advanced Studies Program to follow. In Concordia's Joint Program students will receive a concentration in online classroom work and studies as well as research. Each student is required to declare their intent at the beginning of the curriculum.  A Master's thesis of 7500 words must be registered that can then be expanded to a 15000 word thesis to be completed within one year after completion of the core studies. The core studies of our joint program consists of 45 semester hours of online study.