Interested in both business and law? Marquette University’s Graduate School of Management, in conjunction with the Law School, offers a program of joint study leading to an MBA degree and a juris doctor degree. Students seeking admission to the joint program must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Law School and must meet the admission requirements for each.

Students start this dual program as a law student. Upon completion of the law program, students are officially admitted to the M.B.A. program for completion of the remainder of the dual program.

Students are assigned an advisor in each program and it is recommended that the student meet with each advisor prior to registration each semester. Most students successfully complete the combined MBA/JD program in 4 years. The law program is 3 years and one full year beyond for the MBA. This is done by blending MBA and law requirements during the 2nd and 3rd years of law school.

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Dual program students complete 81 credit hours in the Law School and 24-30 graduate business credit hours in the M.B.A. program. Up to 18 hours of an M.B.A./J.D. student's course work can count toward both degrees (9 hours of Law School credits may be applied to M.B.A. requirements and as many as 9 hours of M.B.A. credits may be applied to J.D. elective requirements). All transfer courses from the Marquette University Law School must have a C or above grade. Dual program students must maintain a 3.000 grade point average to graduate with the M.B.A. degree. Students are strongly encouraged to seek advising from both programs.

Dual JD/MBA students wanting to earn the specialization in Sport Business must complete 12 credits of Sports Law courses. Ten credit hours of Sports Law courses may be counted as 9 credits electives course credit for the M.B.A. component of the joint degree program. The remaining 3 credits are in addition to degree requirements and are specific to the specialization requirement. The ten credit hours must include  LAW 7106 Amateur Sports Law, LAW 7303 Professional Sports Law, and one two-credit hour sports law workshops (e.g., Legal and Business Issues in Collegiate Athletics, Legal Issues in Youth, High School, and Recreational Sports, Representing Professional Athletes and Coaches, Sports Industry Governance, Sports Sponsorship and Marketing Legal and Business Issues, Sports Venues), and one two-credit hour LAW 7950 Advanced Legal Research course. Only a maximum of 9 credits can be double counted for the M.B.A. program. Dual degree program students must maintain a 3.000 cumulative grade point average in all classes taken to fulfill the requirements for the M.B.A. degree and specialization in Sport Business, including the sports law classes used as open electives. In addition, students must earn a grade of at least a C in all sports law classes counted as open electives for the M.B.A. in Sport Business degree.

For more information, see the MBA curriculum page.

The MBA/JD program is a combined program between the Graduate School of Management and the Law School. Student must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Law School and meet the admissions requirements for each.

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In general, dual program students pay tuition at the full-time (flat tuition) Law School rate while a full-time law student, regardless of whether or not they are taking additional graduate courses. Upon receiving the juris doctor degree, dual program students pay Graduate School of Management tuition at the per credit rate for graduate courses. Part-time law students pay the per credit Law School rate for all courses.

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Who will be my advisor?

Student will be assigned an advisor in each program and it is recommended that the student meet with each advisor prior to registration each semester.


How does tuition work between the programs?

In general, joint program students will pay tuition at the full-time (flat tuition) Law School rate while a full-time student, regardless of whether or not they are taking additional graduate courses. Upon receiving the juris doctor degree, joint program students will pay Graduate School of Management tuition at the per credit rate for graduate courses. Part-time law students will typically pay the per-credit Law School rate for law courses, and the per-credit GSM rate for graduate courses.

I had transcripts sent to Marquette when I applied to the Law School. Do I need to have them sent again for the MBA application?

Students that are already admitted to the Law School may request transcript to be sent from the Law School to the GSM. Please complete the request form. (PDF)

How long will it take and do I need to complete the two degrees at the same time?

Most students successfully complete the combined MBA/JD program in 4 years. The law program takes 3 years to complete and it typically takes one full year beyond for the MBA degree. This is done by blending MBA and law requirements during the 2nd and 3rd years of law school. You don’t need to complete the degrees at the same time. Some students complete the Law degree and then take years to complete the MBA degree on a part-time basis.

Do I have to take the GMAT?

Yes, even though you took the LSAT for Law School admission, you do need to complete the GMAT for the MBA program application.

Can I take MBA classes before I am officially admitted?

Yes, you can take preapproved classes as a Law student. You must complete the request to enroll in a graduate class form and have it signed by your advisor in the Law School.