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.

Efficiencies are built into the program to maximize the student’s time and energy while providing thorough coverage in each area. The Graduate School of Management will accept a maximum of 12 approved law credits toward MBA requirements. The Law School will accept a maximum of 9 MBA credits toward the JD. Students work with both programs to meet degree requirements. A maximum of 21 credits is double counted between the two degrees which saves the student about a year of coursework.

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. 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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For a graphical layout of requirements, see the MBA/JD program flowchart

The MBA/JD program is a combined program between the Graduate School of Management and the Law School. Efficiencies are built into the program to maximize the student’s time and energy while providing through coverage in each area. The Graduate School of Management will accept a maximum of 12 approved law credits toward MBA requirements. The Law School will accept a maximum of 9 MBA credits toward the JD. Students must earn the grade of C or better in the course to transfer it to the other program. Students work with both programs to meet degree requirements. A maximum of 21 credits is double counted between the two degrees which saves the student about a year of coursework.

Student must apply separately to both the Graduate School of Management and the Law School. 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.

Information about the MBA program is listed below. Law School curriculum requirements can be found at http://law.marquette.edu/programs-degrees/curriculum-course-streams

In the MBA program we have four categories of courses: foundation, core, elective core and elective requirements as well as a cap stone course. The areas are outlined below:

MBA/JD Curriculum

FOUNDATION COURSES
(0 TO 10 CREDIT HOURS)

  • Economics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Accounting Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Mathematics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Statistics Foundations -- 2 credits
  • Information Technology Foundations -- 2 credits

**NOTE: Students may be exempted from each Foundation course with the appropriate academic background (i.e., Two appropriate courses in the area for Economics, Accounting and Math; One appropriate course in Statistics and IT; Undergraduate courses must be taken at an accredited institution, within the last 10 years with a grade of C or better.)

Waiver Exam Option for Foundation Courses

 

CORE COURSES
(18 CREDIT HOURS)

  • Managerial Economics -- 3 credits
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management -- 3 credits
  • Managerial Accounting -- 3 credits
  • Organizational Behavior -- 3 credits
  • Financial Management -- 3 credits
  • Marketing Management -- 3 credits

Recommended sequencing of the Quantitative courses is:
Managerial Economics, Managerial Accounting then Financial Management

**NOTE: Students may be exempted and/or waived from Core courses in fields in which they hold an undergraduate major only, within the last 10 years. If the waiver or exemption is requested and approved, an elective core or elective requirement.

ELECTIVE CORE COURSES
(9 CREDITS)*

  • Quantitative Methods -- 3 credits
  • Information Technology/e-Business -- 3 credits (typically transferred from the Law School) MBA/JD students should complete the course listed below to maximize the transfer credits.
    LAW 7236 Internet Law*
  •  Social, Ethical, Political Environment -- 3 credits

*See below for options within the elective core distribution set. Courses may have multiple topics. Specific topics listed here fulfill elective core requirements. All other topics apply toward free elective credits only.

CAPSTONE COURSES
(3 CREDITS)

  • Business Strategy -- 3 Credits

ELECTIVE COURSES
(10 CREDIT HOURS)

Nine credits of free electives and one credit of "skills" courses are required. Skills courses range from topics such as teams and group performance, conflict management, and presentation skills to SAS, SPSS and GIS courses. Students can take up to 4 credits of skills courses.

MBA/JD student may transfer 9 credits from business related law classes, such as contract, business associations, etc. to fulfill 9 elective credit requirements. A 1-credit skills class is required to be completed in the MBA program.

Approved List of Elective Core Courses

Quantitative Methods (3 credits required) Choose one:

BUAD 6160 Business Analytics Using Spreadsheets
ECON 6560 Applied Econometrics
FINA 6160 Financial Derivatives
FINA 6163 Real Estate Finance & Investments
FINA 6165 Fixed Income Markets and Securities
MARK 6160 Marketing Research
MARK 6165 Marketing Analytics

MANA 6000 and MANA 6001 or equivalent are required prior to registration for all quantitative methods courses.

 

Information Technology/e-Business (3 credits required) Choose one:

ACCO 5050/6050 Accounting Information Systems
INTE 5xxx-69xx IT electives within the Graduate School of Management (excluding INTE 6000)
OSCM 6150 e-Business and Supply Chain Management
  Current Issues in Intellectual Property and Technology Law (Computer Law)*
LAW 7236 Internet Law*
MSCS 6340 Component Architecture
MSCS 6350 Distributed Computing
MSCS 6360 Enterprise Architecture
MSCS 6370 Information Representation

Law students are encouraged to take LAW 7236 within their law studies curriculum. Pending the grade of C or better, the course may transfer to the MBA program as the required Information Technology/e-Business elective core requirement.

 

Social, Ethical, Political Environment (3 credits required) Choose one:

ACCO 6570 Auditing: Ethical, Legal, Professional, and Reporting Responsibilities
FINA 5370 Advanced Investment Management, Ethics and Society
FINA 6170 Investment Management, Ethics and Society
HURE 6170 Ethical Issues, Regulatory, Environment and Human Resource Management
MANA 6170 Global Environment of Business
MARK 6170 Marketing Ethics and Social Responsibility
MARK 6175 Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship

Credit Efficiencies

MBA/JD students may double count a maximum of 21 credits. The Graduate School of Management accepts a maximum of 12 credits from law studies. Specifically, a law student may take LAW 7236 Internet Law* as an elective for their law curriculum. In addition, the Law School will accept a maximum of 9 credits from the MBA studies toward the JD degree.

Tuition and Fees:

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.

Students that are already admitted to the Law School may request transcript to be sent from the Law School to the GSM. Please click here and complete the request form.

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 year of law school.

A maximum of 12 credits may transfer from law studies toward the MBA pending the grade of C or better and relevance of the course toward the MBA requirements.

Time to Complete:

Most students are part-time students and average about 3 – 3 ½ years to complete their degree. However, a maximum of 6 years is allowed.

The minimum completion time (typically for a full-time student) is 1.5 years.

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 all admissions requirement for each.

Joint program students complete 81 credit hours in the Law School and 28-38 business credit hours in the MBA program. MBA/JD students may double count a maximum of 21 credits. The Graduate School of Management accepts a maximum of 12 credits from law studies.

Specifically, a law student may take LAW 7157 Current Issues in Intellectual Property and Technology Law (Computer Law)* or LAW 7236 Internet Law* as an elective for their law curriculum which double counts for the IT/eBiz core elective. And nine credits of business electives come from the law curriculum. In addition, the Law School will accept a maximum of 9 credits from the MBA core studies toward the JD degree. See the curriculum tab for more specifics.

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.

A maximum of 12 credits may transfer from law studies toward the MBA pending the grade of C or better and relevance of the course toward the MBA requirements. A maximum of 9 credits may transfer from the MBA program to the law school pending a grade of B or better.

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.

Applicants for Regular Degree status must submit all materials directly to the Graduate School of Management, Straz Hall Executive Center:

  • A completed application form and $50 fee (waived if you are already enrolled in the Law School).
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette. 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.
  • Official test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). 
  • Essay questions on page 7 of the application form.
  • Resume or job profile.
  • Two letters of recommendation are optional.

(Additional requirements for international applicants only):

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Official TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English Proficiency.
  • Possibly interview

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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 pay the per-credit rate based on their career.

Tuition aid is typically administered through the Law School. Typically, while a student is actually accepted into both programs at the same time the official record will show a student enrolled in the Law School until the juris doctorate is awarded. Then the student will be registered as a GSM student.

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.

My admission letter states that I have foundation courses required. Can I take a waiver exam?

Yes. Waiver exams are available for each foundation course. The cost is $100 for each exam and you can take each exam once.

How many credits do I save by doing the programs together?

MBA/JD students may double count a maximum of 21 credits. This saves a student about a year of course work and tuition. The Graduate School of Management accepts a maximum of 12 credits from law studies. In addition, the Law School will accept a maximum of 9 credits from the MBA studies toward the JD degree.

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.