The Master of Business Administration (MBA) / Juris Doctor (J.D.) program is designed for those students seeking advanced education in business administration in addition to an education in the law.
Normal degree requirements of 40 credit hours for the MBA program and 90 credit hours for the JD program are complemented and reduced to 31 credit hours for the MBA program and 81 credit hours for the JD program. Each degree program's requirements are thus reduced by nine credit hours as each can accept, as part of its elective requirements, nine credit hours of coursework from the other program.
Students must apply to each program separately. A student is considered a MBA / J.D. student only once he or she has 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, 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 earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the College of Business and 2.3 (4.0 scale) in the College of Law to graduate.
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 MBA / J.D. program is four academic years for full-time students.