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JD/MBA Program

About the JD/MBA Program

If you want to broaden your career opportunities in the fields of business and law, consider Stetson University's J.D./MBA program. Students completing the program receive both an MBA degree from the Stetson University School of Business Administration and a J.D. degree from the Stetson University College of Law. Holders of these degrees can use the J.D. to provide a legal context for managerial activities and the MBA to sharpen administrative and managerial decision-making skills. Many CEOs and upper-level managers hold law degrees.

At Stetson University's College of Law, competence comes from a solid academic curriculum backed by an intensive program of skills training through legal clinics and other real-law experiences. As a graduate of the program, you will enter the workforce ready to work with a solid education in business and law designed to develop management competencies.

In this program, you will enjoy significant savings in required coursework. Both degrees may be completed within three years. The MBA program accepts 9 credit hours from a list of directed electives in the law program, and the College of Law accepts 12 credit hours from the MBA program of study. Your net benefit is a reduction of 21 credit hours when compared to pursuing the two degrees independently.

Course Availability

  • The required graduate business courses for the J.D./MBA program are offered online Tuesday and Thursday evenings (fall and spring).
  • Two MBA classes are offered in each of the fall, spring and summer semesters for College of Law students.
  • To complete the dual program in three years, students generally begin MBA classes during their fourth semester in law school and take two MBA classes that summer semester.
  • All advanced-level MBA requirements for the J.D./MBA program can be satisfied without leaving the College of Law.

How to Participate in the JD/MBA Program

To participate in the J.D./MBA program, you must first apply to the College of Law and successfully be admitted. Upon completion of your first year of law studies, you may then apply to add the MBA degree to your program. You must be admitted into the J.D. program, offered by the College of Law, and the MBA program, offered by Stetson's School of Business Administration, independently. All entrance requirements for both programs must be satisfied.

When applying to the MBA program, you may request that copies of your transcripts, recommendation letters and LSAT scores be sent from the College of Law to the Office of Graduate Business Programs, which will also require an official copy of your transcript from the College of Law reflecting your progress in the J.D. program. Transcripts and LSAT scores are sent from the registrar's office at the College of Law and the recommendation letters are sent from the admission office at the College of Law. 

Coursework

The required graduate coursework for the MBA portion of the J.D./MBA program consists of 27 credit hours of MBA core courses. To satisfy the elective requirements for the M.B.A. degree, students must take at least 9 hours of approved elective classes from the law curriculum, which must include LAW 3255 Corporations or LAW 3154 Business Entities.

Please view the Stetson University Course Catalog for more information on the curriculum and courses for this academic program.