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Juris Doctor & Master of Business Administration

UMass Dartmouth's UMass Law and Charlton College of Business 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.‌

Integrate the study of advanced management & the law

The Juris Doctor & Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA) degree allows students to integrate advanced management study and a law school education in a structure compatible with part-time as well as full-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. 

12 MBA concentrations available

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Contemporary Business
  • Environmental Policy
  • Finance
  • Health Systems Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Public Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Information Systems
  • Sustainable Development

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.

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

Applicants for the JD/MBA joint degree program should meet the entrance requirements set by each program. Admission to one program does not guarantee admission to the other. Applications are welcome from students with baccalaureate degrees in any field.

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University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Submit an application via the online portal. Be sure to provide your full legal name and to capitalize the first letter of all proper nouns.
  • Pay non-refundable $60 application fee (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa) via the online portal. For Nursing applicants, the non-refundable application fee is $75.
  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required. International students applying with an transcript evaluation, please submit that document with your unofficial transcripts. International applicants for Data Science must submit semester-by-semester transcripts as well as consolidated transcripts. 
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL iBT, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. We require an overall/total minimum score of 72 on the TOEFL iBT or BAND 6.0 on the IELTS or a 52 on the Pearsons PTE Academic for entrance to any program and a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or BAND 6.5 on the IELTS for consideration for a teaching assistantship. Some programs require higher minimum scores (see program-specific requirements). Most programs also accept the Duolingo with a minimum score of 95. The following programs do not accept the Duolingo: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Marine Science and Technology (MS, PSM, PhD), Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Psychology: Clinical, and Public Policy. 
  • All official documents are required for enrollment, please have documents (ie. test scores) sent prior to the expiration. 

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