The S.J. Quinney College of Law and the David Eccles School of Business have adopted the following program to enable students to pursue both a JD degree and an MBA degree simultaneously.
The JD/MBA program is based on the assumption that, because there is complementary intellectual benefit from studying law and business administration in a coordinated program, a student enrolled in the dual degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than were that student enrolled in each school or program independently. Accordingly, students enrolled in the dual degree program may count up to 12 credit hours of College of Law class work towards fulfilling the 62.0 credit-hour requirement of the MBA degree, and may count up to 12 credit hours of MBA class work towards fulfilling the 88 credit-hour requirement of the JD degree. Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees, a JD degree awarded by the College of Law and an MBA degree awarded by the School of Business.
Because the overall credit requirements for both degrees are reduced by 24 credit hours, a student enrolled in the dual degree program can expect to complete the two degrees in approximately eight semesters of full-time study. However, as noted in § i. below, a student enrolled in the JD/MBA dual Degree Program must complete all JD and all MBA requirements before either degree will be awarded.
Applicants interested in this program must submit separate admission applications to the College of Law and to the Business School. Each program has its own independent admissions standards, and admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other.
Applicants interested in pursuing the JD/MBA dual degree are encouraged to appy to both programs at the same time. Nonetheless, a law student may apply to the MBA program (and thus be eligible to earn a dual degree) prior to completion of the first year of law school. As noted in § c. below, an MBA student who enrolls in the law program after matriculating in the MBA program will have limitations imposed on those MBA credit hours that can count towards the law degree.
The College of Law will not give law credit for an MBA course unless the applicant has first successfully completed the first year at the College of Law. This prerequisite means that applicants who start the dual degree program by doing work in the MBA program before completing the first year of law school must delay taking the specific MBA courses they intend to count towards their 12 hours of law credit until after they complete the first year of law school.
The College of Law strongly recommends that an applicant not take any MBA courses during the first year of law school. The first year of law school is demanding.
A student who has been admitted to both the JD and MBA programs and who wishes to pursue the dual degree program opportunity must file a Dual Degree Enrollment Form with the Registrar of each program. Upon filing this form and its being approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Law and the MBA Program Director in the School of Business, a Faculty Advisor will be appointed in each program to assist the student in planning an overall program of study that takes advantage of the goals of the dual degree program.
To earn academic credit towards a law degree for coursework completed in the MBA program: (1) an MBA course must be pre-approved by the College of Law Faculty Advisor, and that approval must be indicated on the “Request to Count MBA Course Credit Toward JD Degree” Form; (2) the course must be a graduate level course and not part of the first-year MBA curriculum; and (3) the student must receive a grade of 3.0 (“B”) or higher in the course.
To earn academic credit towards the MBA degree for coursework completed in the College of Law: (1) the course may not be part of the law school’s first-year curriculum; (2) the student must receive a grade of 3.0 (“B”) or higher in the course; and (3) the course must be pre-approved by the MBA Faculty Advisor.
A student in the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program who during any semester is enrolled only in MBA courses shall notify the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of that fact.
A student in the JD/MBA Program who during any semester is enrolled only in College of Law courses shall notify the MBA Program Advisor of that fact.
The College of Law requires that every student write a seminar paper. This requirement will not be waived for students in the JD/MPA Dual Degree Program, and the MPA major research paper will not satisfy this law school requirement. (However, as noted in § h. above, in certain instances the College of Law seminar paper may satisfy the MPA major research requirement.)
Though students enrolled in the dual program are encouraged to select a seminar at the College of Law that involves subject matter of relevance to public administration, this is not required.