Credits: The joint degree program requires the completion of 125 total credits (as opposed to 140 credits if the two degrees are sought separately and outside the joint program).
*The Fowler School of Law will accept 8 of the MBA credits toward completion of its 88-credit requirement; thus students must complete 80 law credits (52-53 units of required courses and 27-28 units of electives).
*The School of Business and Economics will accept seven of the JD credits toward completion of its 52-credit requirement, thus reducing the MBA requirements to 45 business credits (37 units of required courses and 8 units of electives).
- The School of Business and Economics will apply any seven credits from the School of Law toward the completion of its MBA degree, but will also allow certain other law courses (such as Federal Income Taxation) to count as business school electives.
- Work transferred into the JD from the MBA will be treated as Pass/No Pass for the purposes of arriving at a law school GPA, and vice versa.
Residency: The Fowler School of Law has, in addition to completion of a certain number of credits and specific required courses, a residency requirement. Law students must complete six units of residency. The JD/MBA program, as detailed in the semester-by-semester curriculum chart, is carefully constructed to allow students to meet their residency requirements. Students are cautioned that any self-initiated deviations from the schedule could results in difficulty meeting residency requirements. Consult with your advisor before considering any deviations.
Advisors: Students in the JD/MBA program will be "housed" in the Law School. Their financial aid will be handled by the Law School's Director of Financial Aid and they will register for course work with the Law School's Registrar. However, each program will appoint an advisor for students who will counsel students on progress to respective degrees as well as changes or updates within each school. The School of Business and Economics advisor is Associate Director Debra Gonda and the School of Law Advisor is Dean Tom Campbell. Contact Us.
Degrees & Transcripts: Degrees from each school will be awarded upon successful completion of all requirements for each degree. Two separate transcripts will be maintained for each student - one in Law and one in Business. Cumulative JD/MBA GPAs will not be commingled. The degrees conferred are not reflected on both transcripts (i.e. the School of Law transcript only shows a JD degree and the Business transcript only shows an MBA degree).
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