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JD/MBA: Juris Doctor & Master of Business Administration

JD/MBA: Juris Doctor & Master of Business Administration

UMass Dartmouth's Charlton College of Business and UMass Law have established a joint JD/MBA degree program that lets you enroll in the Master of Business Administration program and the Juris Doctor program simultaneously.‌

Applicants for the JD/MBA degree program should satisfy the entrance requirements set by each program. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. 

Integrate the study of advanced management & the law

The joint JD/MBA lets you integrate advanced management study and a law school education in a structure that is compatible with full-time as well as part-time study. Classes are held during the evening hours, on weekends, and during the day.

Because students may use credits earned in one of the programs in the other, the amount of time required to earn both degrees is less than would be possible without the joint program. Full-time students may enroll simultaneously in business and law courses, and they can complete both degrees in approximately 3½ years. Part-time students typically register for an entire semester in one program, and they can complete both degrees in 5 years with summer study. 

UMass Law graduation requirements

The graduation requirements for the JD degree do not change because a student is enrolled in the program. To be awarded the JD degree, a student must meet all of the normal graduation requirements of the Law School.

Curriculum

Up to 9 credits (of the 90 needed to be awarded a JD) can be earned in courses that are offered by the College of Business if the course has been approved in advance by the Law School. The JD/MBA Policy Statement (PDF) lists the courses that are currently approved. Additional courses offered by the College of Business may be added if, in the opinion of the Associate Dean and Curriculum Committee, they cover materials that will prepare students for admission to the bar or for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession.

A faculty member, dean, or appropriate associate dean of either UMass Law or the Charlton School of Business may submit a request to the Curriculum Committee of the Law School to have a new course added to the list of approved courses or to strike a course that no longer is suitable. The Curriculum Committee will determine if the proposal fits the educational objectives of UMass Law.

Students should note that these credits are not offered at UMass Law and cannot be used to satisfy the requirement that at least 65 credit hours of their legal education be obtained by attending regularly scheduled classes at UMass Law. In addition, under ABA Standards, a student is precluded from taking courses on a distance basis (e.g., over the internet) until the student has completed instruction in 28 credit hours toward the JD degree. The grades in courses taken at the College of Business will not be included in a student’s law school GPA.

Up to 6 credits of electives that are taken at UMass Law can be used to satisfy the business electives requirement to obtain the MBA degree. The determination of what law school courses can be used to satisfy MBA degree requirements is made by the College of Business. Students should contact the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at the College of Business to determine what courses are recognized and how new courses can be added.

More information

Graduate Admissions Office
JD/MBA Policy Statement (PDF)

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