Full-Time MBA/Juris Doctor (JD)

Admission to this joint-degree program is ordinarily granted either prior to attending the Katz School of Business and the School of Law or during the first year of study in the law school. In exceptional cases and with permission, however, students may apply to the MBA/JD program after completing the second year of law school. Occasionally, a student will begin studies in the Katz School before applying to the MBA/JD program. Such students may apply to the joint-degree program during their first semester of study.

One major advantage is that what would normally take five years (two of MBA, three of law) is reduced to 3.5 years. This means substantial savings in time and money. Katz can make this possible because it offers an 11-month MBA program.

To be enrolled in this joint-degree program, applicants must submit separate applications and be admitted both to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and to the Katz School. A separate joint-degree program application must be completed and a copy sent to each school. GMAT and LSAT scores are required for all applicants.

Applications to the joint-degree program can be found at either school.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in a joint-degree program are required to fulfill the degree requirements of both administering schools as modified by participation in the joint-degree program.

Upon formal admission to MBA/JD program, a student must fulfill the following requirements in order to receive the MBA portion of the joint-degree:

  • A minimum of 39 credits of approved graduate-level coursework
  • The appropriate distribution of required core courses and elective courses
  • A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0

Program Structure

The structuring of students' programs will be flexible. A student may start in either school. The only requirement is that the first year in the School of Law must be taken in its entirety, with no outside courses. A variety of program sequences are possible, depending on the individual student's preferences and needs.

MBA/JD Program Sample Schedule - MBA Coursework

Transition Module: August

  • Technical Workshops
  • Concentrations/Joint-Degree Presentations
  • Registration and Information Procedures Sessions
  • Career Evaluation

Year One, Fall Term - 18 credits

  • BACC 2401 Financial Accounting (3.0 credits)
  • BECN 2401 Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions (3.0 credits)
  • BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis (3.0 credits)
  • BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1 (1.5 credits)
  • BMKT 2409 Marketing Management (1.5 credits)
  • BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior (1.5 credits)
  • Elective credits of your choice

Year One, Spring Term - 18 credits

  • BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies (1.5 credits)
  • BSEO 2401 Business Ethics & Social Performance (1.5 credits)
  • BSPP 2409 Strategic Management (1.5 credits)
  • BMIS 2409 Information Systems (1.5 credits)
  • Elective credits of your choice

Final Term of MBA/JD program - 3 credits

  • BIND 2444 Competitive Management Simulation (3.0 credits)

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the MBA/JD program (in-state and out of state)

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must complete each school's application in addition to a joint-degree program application. GMAT and LSAT scores are required for all applicants.

Law School Admission Council
Box 2000
Newtown, PA 18940-0998
LSAT: Register online
Phone: 215-968-1001
Fax: 215-968-1119

Graduate Management
Admission Council
P.O. Box 6101
Princeton, NJ 08541-6101
GMAT: Register online

More Information

Contact us for further information:

Charmaine McCall
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
School of Law
204 Barco Law Building
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-1413
Fax: 412-648-1318

Thomas Keller
Director, MBA Admissions
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
276 Mervis Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-1700
Fax: 412-648-1659