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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 nine credits of electives that are taken at the Charlton College of Business can be used to satisfy the JD degree. The JD/MBA Policy Statement (rev. April 2022) lists the courses that are currently approved. 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 can be obtained by attending regularly scheduled classes at UMass Law. The grades in courses taken at the Charlton College of Business will not be included in a student’s law school GPA.

Up to 9 credits of courses that are taken at UMass Law can be used to satisfy the business electives requirement to obtain the MBA degree. The  JD/MBA Policy Statement (rev. April 2022) lists the courses that are currently approved.

More information

Graduate Admissions Office
JD/MBA Curriculum Outline (PDF) 
JD/MBA Policy Statement (rev. April 2022) (PDF)

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