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In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, employers are increasingly looking for employees who possess both the legal and business expertise needed to represent, guide and lead their organizations to success.

Villanova’s JD/MBA degree program, conducted jointly by the Charles Widger School of Law and Villanova School of Business, is designed to give students a strong foundation in both business and the law, providing them with a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Students gain the analytical and quantitative skills necessary to solve the complex challenges they will face in the workplace. Integrating an MBA with a JD can help students understand the intricacies and governance of business and law, enhancing their practice.

The Villanova program, unlike many in the marketplace, can be completed in three years, allowing students to stay on track with their post-graduation plans. The joint program affords students added flexibility in their career, while educating them to be ethical lawyers and leaders in their chosen field.



Most students take 3 years to complete the dual JD/MBA program. However, if necessary, students may graduate from law school even if they haven't completed all the requirements for the MBA program.

Learn more about the Law School curriculum.

Learn more abou the MBA curriculum.

The Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law requires 91 credits to receive a JD degree.

It is important to note that some MBA course credits count toward fulfilling the requirements for the JD degree. You can choose up to 12 credits from a list of selected MBA courses which count toward the credit requirements for the JD degree.

How long will it take to earn both degrees?

Most students complete degree requirements for both the JD and the MBA during the required three years of law school. Students may also obtain their JD prior to completing all the requirements for the MBA.

When can I begin taking MBA courses?

Because the first year of law school is academically rigorous, students in the joint program are not permitted to start taking MBA courses until the summer after their first year.

What is the tuition for students in the joint program?

Students in the joint program pay tuition to the Law School for six semesters (three years). The law school provides a $2,000 subsidy during both the second and third year for students enrolled in our JD/MBA program and paying tuition (the subsidy doesn't apply to students who are on full scholarship). The discount is reflected in the law school spring tuition bill. The subsidy totals $4000 over the course of the entire program. Students pay tuition to the Business School for the MBA courses on a per credit basis as courses are taken.

What will my schedule be like?

JD courses are offered in the daytime during fall and spring semesters. MBA courses are offered in the evening during fall, spring, and summer terms.

How do I apply?

Learn about how to apply.

Reza Taleghani

In 2014, Villanova's JD/MBA Program was named for one of its graduates, Reza Taleghani '97 JD/MBA, in recognition of his generous support of Villanova University. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Samsonite International SA, where he is responsible for corporate finance, reporting and accounting, investor relations, treasury, tax and other tasks at the world’s largest luggage maker by sales volume.

Taleghani previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Brightstar Corp. Taleghani launched his career at J.P. Morgan shortly after graduating from Villanova. A seventeen-year veteran of the firm, he held leadership roles in several of the J.P. Morgan’s divisions with a career spanning investment banking, commercial banking and asset management.

For more information about the joint program, contact:

Professor Andrew Lund
Director of the Reza Taleghani JD/MBA Program

(610) 519-7603


To speak to someone about the MBA Program, contact:

Ann O'Connor
Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs
(610) 519-3123