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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 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 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.

When applying to the Full-time MBA program as a dual degree candidate, those admitted to the JD program at St. Thomas are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. Rather, you may choose to complete an online MBA preparatory tool, MBA Math to fulfill the requirement. For more information on this option, please contact the Full-time MBA admissions department to discuss your application options and timeline.


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)

Fall Term 1st Year MBA J Term 1st Year MBA Spring Term 1st Year MBA

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

Study Abroad Course

or 

Global Elective

 

3 total credits

Financial Management
Innovation (1.5 cr)
Operations Management
Applied Business Research
MBA Elective Course
Applied Communications Labs (2 cr)

15.5 total credits


Third Year (Combined)

Semester One Semester Two - Law

Mentor Externship  

 

Mentor Externship
Law Elective  
Law Elective 

16 -19 Law credits total for the third year - Split according to student registrations. 

Semester One or Two

Lawyering Skills III  
Professional Responsibility  
Business Associations  
Law Elective  

MBA

Ethics and Business Law
Ethics Lab (1 cr)
Strategic Management
Applied Leadership Lab (1 cr)
MBA Elective Course

11 MBA credits


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

Semester One or Two

Evidence (3)


47.5 Total MBA Credits

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