Joint Degree Programs

The School of Law and the College of Business Administration (CBA) offer two joint degree program options: The JD/MBA in legal and administrative studies and JD/M, and taxation in legal and taxation studies (JD/MT). These combinations prepare students for careers in areas such as corporate law, tax accounting, management or legal practice in government.

Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, all JD/MBA students will be admitted to the JD/MBA Interdisciplinary concentration. This concentration allows students to transfer nine law credits to the CBA. Students admitted prior to Fall 2013 are encouraged to apply for the Interdisciplinary concentration so as to maximize transfer. Other MBA concentrations have more specific course requirements and may only permit transfer of three or six credits from the School of Law. Law students interested in pursuing MBA concentrations other than interdisciplinary should make an appointment with the Director of Graduate Programs by calling 330-972-7043.

Please note: The JD/MSM-HR program has been suspended by the Management Department and will no longer be offered.

Joint degree programs permit students to transfer courses between programs to reduce the total amount of time and credits required to complete both programs.


To pursue a joint degree program, you must apply to, and be accepted by, both the School of Law and the College of Business Administration. You 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. Most full-time law students apply in January of year 1 and part-time law students apply in fall of year 2.

Students accepted to a joint program usually complete the first year (if day/full-time) or second year (if evening/part-time) of law school without taking any graduate courses in the College of Business Administration. Sometime during the first or second year of law school you should meet with counselors in both the School of Law and the College of Business Administration to ensure that the courses are acceptable according to both colleges' requirements and schedules.

Some students begin course work in the CBA before entering law school. CBA course work taken prior to law studies will not be transferable to the School of Law. You should check with a College of Business Adviser to carefully plan your studies to get the maximum transfer benefit.

Visit the School of Law Joint Degree website.