JD/MBA Dual Degree Program

UST’s joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration program is designed for students interested in developing their business acumen as well as understanding the legal framework in which markets operate. 

The JD/MBA program compresses a five-year program of study into four years by allowing some elective courses to count toward each program’s graduation requirements. Students may begin the program in the fall semester only.

Is the JD/MBA right for me?

A dual graduate degree program requires a great investment of time, energy and money. The JD/MBA program can provide an outstanding education for students with clear career goals that are relevant to both degrees.

To learn more about student life in UST's JD and MBA programs, follow our blogs, Life at UST Law and Opus Magnum.

The two articles below take an in-depth look at potential benefits and drawbacks of a dual degree and discuss the types of careers for which a JD/MBA can be an asset. The University of St. Thomas does not endorse the content from external sites; we provide these links only as a resource for your consideration:

JD/MBA Admission

Admission into one program does not guarantee admission into the other program. Applicants must submit all required application materials, including LSAT and GMAT scores, to be considered for admission. Admission and scholarship decisions are made by the relevant admissions committee for each academic program.

Most applicants apply first to the School of Law and begin their studies there. During the first year of the JD program, applicants interested in the dual JD/MBA degree apply to the Full-time UST MBA program. If accepted into the UST MBA program, dual JD/MBA candidates will complete their second year of studies in the Opus College of Business. Please see below for a sample degree plan for students who begin their studies in the School of Law.


Joint Degree Sample Plan

First Year (Law)

Semester One Semester Two

Civil Procedure
Contracts
Torts
Lawyering Skills I
Foundations

16 total credits

Property
Criminal Law
Constitutional Law
Lawyering Skills II
Foundations

15 total credits


Second Year (MBA)

Semester One Semester Two

Marketing Management
Management of Organizational Behavior
Financial Accounting
Statistics for Business Decision Making
Economics of Organization and Mgmt
Leader Development Lab (2 credits)
Applied Communication Lab (1 credits)

18 total credits

Financial Management
Managerial Accounting
Operations Management
Applied Business Research
MBA Elective Course
Applied Communications Labs (2 credits)

17 total credits


Third Year (Combined)

Semester One Semester Two

Law
Lawyering Skills III
Professional Responsibility
Business Associations
Mentor Externship

Law
Evidence
Mentor Externship
Law Elective 

MBA
Ethics and Business Law
Ethics Lab

4 MBA credits
9 Law credits = 13 total

MBA
Strategic Management
Leader Development Lab III
MBA Elective Course

7 total MBA credits
7 total Law credits = 14 total


Fourth Year (Law)

Semester One Semester Two

Mentor Externship
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective

15 total credits

Mentor Externship
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective

14 total credits