JD/MBA (Joint Degree Program)

JD/MBA (Joint Degree Program)

The School of Law and the College of Business Administration (CBA) offer joint programs in legal and administrative studies JD/MBA. This combination  may be of interest to students preparing for careers in such areas as corporate law. or legal practice in government. The total amount of time required to complete a joint degree program is shorter than the time required to complete both programs independently because some required courses in one college fulfill course requirements in the other college. The reciprocal acceptance of course credits by each school is the essence of the joint program.

Admission Requirements

In order to pursue the JD/MBA cooperative program, the student must apply to, and be accepted by, both the School of Law and the College of Business Administration. Students should apply to the School of Law first. Once accepted the student can then use their LSAT in place of the GMAT and their Law School letters of recommendation for their College of Business Administration application. The student should contact each college independently for information concerning admission criteria and procedures. Individuals with baccalaureate degrees in any field of study are eligible to apply for a joint program.

Application Deadline

  • July 15 for Fall enrollment
  • November 15 for Spring enrollment
  • April 15 for Summer enrollment

It is recommended that international students apply one month prior to these dates to allow time for admission and I-20 visa processing.  I-20 forms are processed by the Office of International Programs.

The School of Law should be contacted for its application deadline information.

Additional Information

This program provides an unparalleled opportunity for MBA students. Akron’s Law School is consistently rated as a best school due in part to the high passage rate of its graduates. It is also known for its program in intellectual property rights. As business continues to be more globally intertwined and these rights are something that every manager should be aware of.
MBA Gateway Courses (0-12 credits)
6200:601 Financial Accounting 3
6400:602 Managerial Finance 3
6400:655 Government and Business 3
3250:600 600 Foundations of Economic Analysis 3
6700:695 Gateway Internship* 3
(*Required for students with no work experience; taken for credit but not applied toward graduation requirements.)
Gateway courses may be waived based on recent comparable coursework or waiver exams.
MBA Proficiencies
Students must show proficiency in the following areas critical to success in the MBA:
  • Microsoft Excel/Spreadsheets
  • Writing
  • Quantitative Skills/Statistics
MBA Professional Courses* (6 credits)
6700:696 Leading and influencing (required in year 1, first semester) 1
6700:696 Professional Integrity and Social Responsibility 1
6700:696 Negotiation 1
6700:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy 3
MBA Core Courses* (18 credits)
6200:610 Process Analysis and Cost Management 3
6400:674 Strategic Financial Decision Making 3
6500:670 Management of Supply Chain and Operations 3
6500:652 Managing People in Organizations 3
6600:620 Strategic Marketing 3
6800:605 International Business Environments 3
*All core and Professional courses require Excel, writing and statistics proficiency prior to enrollment.
MBA Action Learning Course (0-3 credits)
The Action learning course CAN be satisfied within the concentration
Concentration Courses (9-12 credits)
(May be up to 6 credits of Law transfer courses as approved by the College, or up to 9 credits for Interdisciplinary)
Integrative Course
6500:695 Organizational Strategy * 3
*(Restricted to students graduating within two semesters.)

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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