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JD/MBA Program

The College of Law is the primary school for students enrolled in a joint degree program at Syracuse University. Students must complete their first year of law school and earn a cumulative 2.50 grade point average to be approved and matriculate into their selected joint degree program. For a joint degree in Business Administration, you will earn 72 law credits plus 42 approved MBA credits. Both programs must be completed within four years. Students seeking dual degrees must apply to both programs separately, and admission to the College of Law does not guarantee admission to the Whitman School MBA program.

J.D./Master of Business Administration

Business and industry must take public and private law into account in all decisions. The College of Law and the Whitman School of Management have responded by creating joint degree programs in business administration. Students may obtain a J.D. and MBA in four years instead of the five years necessary when both programs are pursued separately. This program is particularly appropriate for students with career objectives in corporate law, tax law, or labor law. Students may pursue general management programs or specialize in accounting, business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and supply chain management. 

The JD/MBA joint program requires a total of 114 credits to complete both degrees. When pursued separately, 141 total credits are required.

 Sample JD/MBA Format*

Year 1              Fall and Spring Semesters                                               Credits

                        Completion of the traditional JD year one program                 32

Year 2              Fall Semester                                                                    Credits

                        MBA year one core                                                                 13.5

Year 2              Spring Semester                                                               Credits

                        MBA year one core                                                                 9.0

                        MBA electives                                                                         6.0

                        Summer Recommended

                        Law or business internship                

Year 3              Fall Semester Blended                                                       Credits

                        MBA                                                                                        4.5

                        LAW                                                                                        8.0

Spring Semester Blended                                                                          Credits

                        MBA core                                                                                3.0

                        MBA elective                                                                           6.0

                        LAW                                                                                        3.0

Completion of MBA degree

Year 4              Fall and Spring Semesters                                               Credits

                        Completion of JD requirements                                             34

*Represents a sample schedule and may vary on an individual basis.

College of Law Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Up to three letters of recommendation
  • All Undergraduate transcripts
    • (sent through the LSAC CAS)
  • LSAT exam score
  • COL application deadline: July 15

MBA Application Requirements*

  • Internal application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official GMAT or GRE score report
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS score report**
  • Admissions interview at the discretion of the committee
  • MBA application deadlines:  Nov. 30, Jan.1, Feb. 15, and April 19

*Students pursuing this joint degree will not apply for the MBA until they are in the first   year of law school.

**For international students who have studied in the U.S. for less than four years

Career Opportunities

Earning degrees from Syracuse Law and the Whitman School of Management take superior critical and analytical skills—and a passion for learning/ Some of our recent graduates have accepted positions at the following companies and organizations

Job Titles:
Director, Risk Management
Corporate Counsel Investment
Banking Management Consulting
      Tax Law
       Labor Law      
Banking/Commerce Law
Patent Law
Real Estate Law

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
CRC Health Group
The DAK Group
Kurtzman, Carson Consultants, LLC
Government NGOs and Law Firm

Contact Information:

College of Law
Denee Page
Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management

Whitman School of Management
Chris Wszalek
Executive Director, Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment

Choosing to do the dual JD/MBA program was a great choice for me. It allowed me the advantage of having business knowledge in my career as an attorney. I will be

able to understand situations from an entirely different perspective and will be able to provide better and more services to my clients."

Laura Daniels, JD/MBA ’19