Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration
The Juris Doctor (J.D.)/Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) joint degree program (J.D./M.B.A. Program or Program) offers graduate students the opportunity to earn two graduate degrees evidencing the completion of the curriculum for the J.D. degree from the College of Law and the M.B.A. degree from the College of Business and Innovation (College of Business), in an accelerated period of study (generally four years). The Program is designed for full-time students who have an undergraduate degree or minor in Business Administration or its equivalent. Students with a non-business undergraduate background may be required to complete up to 18 additional credit hours of foundation courses, depending upon the nature of the undergraduate degree.
Description of the Curriculum
The J.D./M.B.A. Program leads to the awarding of two degrees. The J.D. degree is awarded by the College of Law and the M.B.A. degree is awarded by the College of Business.
Juris Doctor Degree: The College of Law requires the successful completion of 89 credit hours for the J.D. degree. Students in the J.D./M.B.A. Program may apply up to 12 credit hours of courses completed in the College of Business toward satisfaction of the 89-hour requirement. In order for a College of Business course to qualify for credit toward the J.D. degree, the student must earn a grade of B (3.0) or better.
The following College of Business courses qualify for credit toward the J.D. degree:
BUAD 6100 Accounting for Decision-Making
BUAD 6200 Financial Systems
BUAD 6300 Strategic Marketing & Analysis
BUAD 6500 International Business
BUAD 6800 Information Technology & E-Business
BUAD 6900 Strategic Management Capstone
EFSB 6590 New Venture Creation
EFSB 6690 Technology Commercialization
EFSB 6790 Venture Capital Finance
EFSB 6890 Small Business Practicum
FINA 6130 Managerial Finance
FINA 6140 Investments and Security Analysis
FINA 6150 Financial Institutions and Markets
FINA 6370 M.B.A. International Financial Management
FINA 6840 Small Business Financial Management
IBUS 6360 Management of Multinational Firms
IBUS 6490 Global Management Systems
MGMT 6160 Leading with Power and Influence
HURM 6720 Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
HURM 6760 Recruitment and Retention
INFS 6810 Network Communications
MKTG 6140 Customer Relationship Marketing
MKTG 6400 International Marketing
On written application by the student, and for good cause shown, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Law may substitute another College of Business course for one on the approved list.
Master of Business Administration Degree: The College of Business requires the successful completion of 33 credit hours at the 6000-level or above, including all eight core courses (24 credit hours) and three electives (9 credit hours).
Students in the J.D./M.B.A. Program may apply up to 12 credit hours of upper-level College of Law courses toward satisfaction of the 33-hour requirement. These 12 credit hours may be substituted for three electives (9 credit hours) and one core course (3 credit hours). In order for a College of Law course to qualify for credit toward the M.B.A. degree, the student must earn a C (2.0) or better.
The following College of Law courses qualify for credit toward the M.B.A. degree:
Accepted as M.B.A. Electives
LAWG 9010 Business Associations
LAWG 9610 Secured Transactions
LAWI 9060 Sales and Leases of Goods
LAWI 9300 Employment Discrimination
LAWI 9730 Pension and Employee Benefits
LAWI 9310 Employment Law
LAWI 9940 White Collar Crime
LAWN 9050 Negotiation and Settlement
LAWD 9210 Contracts I
LAWD 9220 Contracts II
Accepted as M.B.A. Core Courses
LAWI 9480 International Business Transactions in lieu of BUAD 6500 International Business
LAWI 9020 E-Commerce in lieu of BUAD 6800 Information Technology and E-Business
On written application by the student, and for good cause shown, the Senior Associate Dean in the College of Business may substitute another upper-level College of Law course for one on the approved list.
The J.D./M.B.A. Program is jointly administered by the College of Law and the College of Business. Both colleges shall coordinate and monitor any changes that could lead to an adjustment in the integrated curriculum.
A student must apply and be admitted to the College of Law and the College of Business separately. A student’s LSAT score will be accepted by the College of Business in lieu of a GMAT score. Each college’s decision to admit or not to admit is based solely on that college’s selection criteria. Additionally, if a student is enrolled in both colleges in any semester, the highest tuition rate will apply to all credit hours taken.
The College of Law, and the College of Business with the College of Graduate Studies, will provide academic advising to students in the J.D./M.B.A. Program.
Awarding of Degrees and Credit
A student enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A. Program will not receive either the J.D. or M.B.A. degree until all work required for both degrees has been completed. A student who withdraws from the Program and remains in either the College of Law or the College of Business shall receive only so much credit for work in the other college as the Dean may authorize under the rules of that college. In addition, degrees must be awarded within time limits established by the College of Law, the College of Business, and the College of Graduate Studies.
Under American Bar Association guidelines, courses in the College of Business must be taken after a student’s initial enrollment in the College of Law to be eligible for credit toward the J.D. degree.
For more information, please contact:
College of Law
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
College of Business and Innovation
The College of Law recommends that joint-degree students remain apprised of the requirements for each degree they are pursuing. While the College of Law makes every effort to maintain timely information relating to the joint degree programs, because other colleges manage their own curricula and requirements, it is possible that information on this site could be out of date. Check the other college’s website relating to the joint degree for additional information.