Joint Juris Doctor - Master of Business Administration (JD-MBA)

Admission to the joint JD-MBA program is contingent upon separate admissions to the Law program and the MBA program. However, the applicant is not formally admitted into the Joint JD-MBA Program until satisfactory completion of the first year of law studies (30 credit hours.)

Degree Requirements

The Joint JD-MBA Program incorporates two sets of academic requirements. Those two sets of requirements interface to allow a significant saving in course work when compared to an individual's efforts in accomplishing both degrees on a back-to-back, or independent basis.

JD Requirements Under the Joint Program

Law School course requirements include 78 credit hours, including all required courses of the regular law curriculum.

MBA Requirements Under the Joint Program

MBA courses include from 24-45 credit hours of graduate business courses, depending upon the applicant's former exposure to business courses in general.

Depending upon the applicant's former performance in business courses work, the JD-MBA candidate may take from 0-21 credit hours in the MBA's pre-core requirements. Students having to fulfill pre-core courses will be waived from MBA 5100. JD-MBA students are required to complete 24 credit hours in the MBA's core structure. Students are waived from MBA 5210. At the MBA post-core level, JD-MBA students are required to fulfill MBA 5900. In addition, the post-core requirement of nine credit hours of electives will be fulfilled by a cognate.

Program Sequencing

The usual approach to the joint JD-MBA program is that of entering Law School as a first year student and, pending the outcome of the first year law studies, being admitted into the joint program. Once admitted, course studies over the next two to three years are scheduled to integrate law and business studies. This sequencing is based upon a Law School entry, which occurs only in Term I of the academic year.

For more information

About our MBA, Joint and JD-MBA Programs, send your inquiries to:

Dr. Omid Sabbaghi
Director of Graduate Business Programs
College of Business Administration
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221
313 993-1172


Ms. Carrol Parris
Student Services Coordinator
313 993-1203


About JD Program, send your inquiries to:

Admissions Office
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

651 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Tel:(313) 596-0264

Click here for Law School Admissions Information