JD/MBA

JD / MBA Program

   Today, lawyers are increasingly choosing careers in corporations and businesses. In addition, government regulation and ever growing international trade have generated a demand for individuals who possess both legal and business skills. Thus, it is not surprising that many law firms and businesses have become very interested in hiring students with both a J.D. and an M.B.A. degree. Since 1989, Villanova students have recognized this trend and have enrolled in our joint J.D./M.B.A. program.

Why Dual Degrees?

   Pursuing both a law degree and an M.B.A. makes sense. In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, expertise in both arenas provides the knowledge and skills you need to unravel the complexities and tap the opportunities of the new world order. The integration of business and law in your education parallels the real world. An M.B.A. helps you to understand the intricacies of business and enhances the practice of law; a J.D. helps you to understand the laws governing business, putting intellectual clout behind decisions and ventures.

The Competitive Advantage

Having both degrees sets you apart. You automatically become more marketable because the broad knowledge base gives you the option of pursuing a career in law, in business, or in both. And you'll have added flexibility for future career or job changes. Some of the many career options for which dual degrees are beneficial include: mergers and acquisitions attorney; in-house corporate counsel; entertainment and sports agent; insurance and securities underwriting; securities regulation; investment banking; venture capital formation; and corporate litigation.

Location

Taking both degrees at Villanova University allows you to benefit from two superb programs in two distinct areas of the University-the Law School and the Villanova School of Business. An added bonus is the University's location in the heart of the beautiful Main Line, one of the most lovely and historic suburban areas in the United States. An additional bonus is Villanova's campus is only a 20-minute train ride from Center City, Philadelphia's legal, commercial and financial hub.

J.D./M.B.A. Curriculum

   Typically, students take between 3-4 years to complete the dual JD/MBA program. In addition, students may graduate from law school even if they haven't completed all the requirements for the MBA program.

Law Requirements

The Villanova School of Law requires 88 credits to receive a JD degree. All law school students are required to take:

  • The first-year curriculum 
  • Constitutional law I and II 
  • Legal profession 
  • A practical writing course (such as Contract Drafting) 
  • Either moot court and a research paper or a journal (such as the Villanova Law Review)

All other law school courses are electives. It is important to note that some MBA course credits count toward fulfilling the requirements for the JD degree. You can chose up to 12 credits from a list of selected MBA courses to help satisfy the credit requirements for the JD degree.

Click here for more information on the law school curriculum.

Villanova School of Business Requirements

The Villanova School of Business requires 56 credits to receive an MBA degree:

  • 5 credits of prerequisites 
  • 15 credits of basic core courses 
  • 24 credits of advanced core courses 
  • 12 credits of elective courses

Additional Requirements

Joint program students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in the PMBA program. In addition, joint program students are required to have at least one semester of college-level calculus and must possess basic computer skills (i.e., word processing, databases, and spreadsheets).

Joint program students also must take an international course either from a list of law school or business school courses. Students can choose up to 9 credits from a list of selected law school courses to satisfy the MBA program's elective courses requirement. Thus, a JD/MBA student typically will need 47 MBA credits to receive an MBA degree:

  • 5 credits of prerequisites 
  • 15 credits of basic core courses 
  • 24 credits of advanced core courses, and 
  • 3 credits of an elective course (assuming that the joint program student also takes 9 credits in law school courses that count toward the MBA degree).

Depending on a student’s academic background, it is also possible to have some or all of the basic core courses waived. At the time of acceptance to the MBA program, the MBA office will review the student’s undergraduate transcript to determine if any of the basic core courses in the MBA program can be waived.

Click here for more information of the MBA curriculum.

FAQs

How long will it take to earn both degrees?

A student with an undergraduate business background may be able to complete degree requirements for both the J.D. and the M.B.A. during the required three years of law school. In addition, students may graduate from law school even if they haven't completed all the requirements for the M.B.A.

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What if I have taken some undergraduate business courses?

At the time of acceptance to the M.B.A. program, the M.B.A. office will review your undergraduate transcript to determine if any of the basic core courses in the M.B.A. program can be waived based on your undergraduate record. It's possible to have all the basic core courses waived if you were an undergraduate business major. Even if you have all of the basic core courses waived, the School of Business requires that you complete a minimum of 40 credits hours in order for you to receive the M.B.A. degree. However, up to 9 credits from the Law School may count toward the M.B.A. degree. Thus, if you are a joint program student who has had all of the basic core courses waived, you must complete a minimum of 31 credits in the School of Business (assuming that you also take 9 credits in the Law School that count toward the M.B.A. degree).

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When can I begin taking M.B.A. courses?

Because the first year of law school is rigorous both academically and emotionally, students in the joint program are not permitted to start taking M.B.A. courses until the summer after their first year.

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What is the tuition for students in the joint program?

Students in the joint program pay full tuition to the Law School for six semesters (three years). Students pay for the M.B.A. courses on a per credit basis as courses are taken.

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What will my schedule be like?

J.D. courses are offered in the daytime during fall and spring semesters. M.B.A. courses are offered in the evening during fall, spring, and summer terms.

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How do I apply?

  1. In order to be admitted to the joint program, you must first apply and be admitted to Villanova University School of Law. Information about the application process can be found here.

  2. You then must apply separately to the Villanova University M.B.A. program. Information about the application process can be found here. This application can be filed when you apply to law school or you can wait and apply during your first year of law school. The M.B.A. program requires that you take the GMAT, which is a computer-adaptive test that is available year-round at local test centers. We strongly encourage students who are interested in the joint program to take the GMAT before entering law school. Given the rigors of the first year of law school, it is not advisable to spend time studying for the GMAT.

  3. Once you have applied and been accepted separately into J.D. program and the M.B.A. program, a determination is made by the Director of the Law School's joint program and the Director the M.B.A. Program at the Villanova School of Business whether you are an acceptable candidate for the joint program.

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Contact Information

For more information about the joint program, contact Christine Mooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director, JD/MBA Program, by email or by telephone at (610) 519-7005.

 

To speak to someone about the M.B.A. Program, contact Thomas Kegelman, Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs, by email or by telephone at (610) 519-5456.