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Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration

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 39 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 30 semester hours (Master of Business Administration). Each program is reduced by nine semester hours because each program accepts, as part of its requirements, nine semester hours from the other program.

Academic requirements

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.

The College of Business requires applicants to submit an official GMAT score and  satisfactory evidence of having earned an undergraduate degree. Students, who do not waive the MBA Foundation courses, must take  15 semester hours of Foundation courses. Specific Foundation courses required by the College of Business include: Financial Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Financial Management, and Management.

Standards of excellence

Upon completion of the program, the student 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. This may be shortened by summer session study provided the student meets the minimum time frame as stipulated for the Juris Doctor degree.

For more information, see the Graduate Bulletin, the MBA Program of the Joseph A. Butt, S.J., College of Business, Loyola University New Orleans, or contact Megan Bourg at (504) 864-7953,