Joint Juris Doctor - Master of Business Administration

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Connect business and legal concepts and develop skills valued by legal and corporate employers.

Students in the JD-MBA program study legal and business concepts, such as regulatory frameworks, business management principles, accounting practices with tax law, labor management relations with labor law, organizational planning with corporation law, and corporate financing with banking and securities law.

Program Order

Law students admitted to the program complete the first-year core Law School curriculum and then pursue an integrated course of study, taking Law and Business courses simultaneously.

MBA program students admitted to the program complete the first-year core Law School curriculum after admission and then may pursue an integrated course of study.

See Typical Sequencing below.

Admission Requirements

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). See How to Apply below.

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Save Time and Money

Depending on a student's background, the JD-MBA can be completed in as little as seven semesters, which is only one more semester than typically required for the U.S. JD.

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Full-time or Part-time

A student may participate in the JD-MBA program on as full-time and part-time status. Consider best practices for selecting a program division in light of employment and other non-academic commitments.

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Combine Coursework

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.

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    Typical 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.

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    Program Requirements

    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

    Depending upon the applicant's former performance in business courses work, the JD-MBA candidate may take from 0-9 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 21 credit hours in the MBA's core structure. 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.

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    Do I need the GMAT?

    Do I need the GMAT?

    1. Was your undergraduate grade point average 3.0 or above?
    2. Do you have seven or more years of professional experience?
    3. Have you already earned a graduate or professional degree?

    If you can answer "yes"  to at least two of these questions, then you have an excellent chance to gain admission to the AACSB accredited MBA program at University of Detroit Mercy without taking the GMAT! Otherwise, you should plan to submit official scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For more information, contact Student Services Coordinator for CBA Graduate Programs Carrol Parris at 313-993-1203 or carrol.parris@udmercy.edu.

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    About CBA

    A degree in Business Administration helps connect you with a dynamic group of business leaders, community partners and fellow students. Here you can delve deeper and learn more about us.

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    Apply!

    Applicants must be admitted to both the School of Law (requires LSAT score) and the College of Business Administration (may require GMAT score).

    Law students should:

    1. Submit the joint degree program application to lawadmissions@udmercy.edu and
    2. Request their reference to submit the recommendation form directly to lawadmissions@udmercy.edu.

    Both the application and recommendation form need to be submitted by June 15 to begin the program in the upcoming fall term. An applicant cannot be formally admitted to the program until satisfactory completion of the first-year core curriculum (30 credit hours). A GMAT score may not be required if the applicant has: (1) an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above, (2) seven or more years of professional experience, or (3) already earned a graduate or professional degree.

    MBA students should

    Submit the joint degree program application to the MBA office. MBA students must also complete a full application to the School of Law through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) to be considered for admission due to law school accreditation requirements. This requires a current LSAT score.

    For more information about our Graduate Business Programs, including our MBA, MBA/MHSA and JD-MBA programs, please send your inquiries to:

    Dr. Wonseok Choi
    Director of Graduate Business Programs
    choiwo1@udmercy.edu

    Carrol Parris
    Coordinator of Student Services
    carrol.parris@udmercy.edu

    Contact Admissions

    The application process may differ based on what type of incoming student you are. Please visit our admission page to learn more and apply online.

    admissions@udmercy.edu
    313-993-1245

    You can also request information online.