The JD-MBA program provides graduates with two valuable degrees: a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the College of Law and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the College of Professional Studies. The joint degree emphasizes the values of social justice and community service with a focus on socially responsible business practices and sustainable organizational development and operations.
The degree is comprised of rigorous graduate coursework in both the legal and business administration fields and is designed to be completed in four years.
Students begin their MBA coursework in the Summer Session following their second year of law studies. Over the four-year period, students take all core classes required for the Juris Doctor degree (84 semester units) and all the core courses required in the MBA program (36 quarter units), including the MBA capstone project. The required curriculum is supplemented with a number of law electives relevant to businesses and not-for-profit organizations (e.g., commercial law, tax law, employment and labor law, environmental law).
Students may apply for admission to the JD/MBA program initially or they may apply to the JD program first and then apply for the joint program during their first or second year of law school. For students already in the law program, a minimum grade point average of 75 is required for admission to the joint degree program. (Students may be conditionally accepted into the joint degree program pending receipt of grades.)
Program Learning Outcomes
The benefits of this joint degree program include:
- Decreases time and money spent in school to earn two degrees.
- Enhances convenience with MBA courses available online.
- Provides exposure to diverse professional disciplines with different professional worldviews, analytical vantage points and work experiences.
- Offers increased career options upon graduation, as well as for mid-career transitions and advancement.
- Creates opportunities to enhance leadership and teamwork skills and envision how business and legal professionals collaborate.
Students can choose to take law classes during the day or evening, as well as go either full- or part-time. MBA courses are offered online and onsite.
The curriculum for full- and part-time pathways for the JD-MBA dual degree is available under "Related Downloads" on this page.