The Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed for those students seeking advanced education in business administration in addition to an education in the law.
Normal degree requirements of 90 semester hours (Juris Doctor) and 40 semester hours (Master of Business Administration) for students who waive the MBA Foundation Courses are complemented and reduced to 81 semester hours (Juris Doctor) and 31 semester hours (Master of Business Administration). Each program is reduced by nine semester hours because each program accepts, as part of its elective requirements, nine semester hours from the other program.
You must apply to each program separately. You are considered a J.D./M.B.A. student only after you have been admitted to both programs.
The College of Law accepts the nine semester hours from the College of Business only after the entire 30 semester hours of required graduate business administration courses have been successfully completed. The College of Business accepts the nine semester hours from the College of Law only after the 81 semester hours of law courses have been successfully completed. Students must successfully complete all required courses in both programs.
Standards of excellence
Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded two separate degrees. Since the joint program outlined above makes them mutually dependent, the requirements for both must be completed before either degree can be awarded.
Students participating in the joint program must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.3 (4.0 scale) in the College of Law and 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the College of Business.
Students failing to meet all of the requirements of the program are awarded the Juris Doctor or the Master of Business Administration degree only if they fulfill the requirements for the individual degree as outlined in the College of Law or graduate bulletin, respectively.
The anticipated time frame for the completion of the combined JD/MBA program is four academic years for full-time students.