JD-MBA Programs in Chicago

Several schools in Chicago offer JD-MBA programs which enable students to earn both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration simultaneously in three to five years. Continue reading below for specific program and admission information. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

DePaul University

DePaul University has a JD-MBA program offered on campus through full-time or part-time study. Students must apply to both programs and can complete the program in as few as four years by completing at least 56 credit hours for the MBA and 76 credit hours for the JD (up to 26 credit hours less than pursuing the degrees separately). Students can concentrate their MBA in 13 different areas including marketing, management information systems, and applied economics.

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Institute of Technology has a JD-MBA joint-degree program available through Chicago-Kent and Stuart School of Business. The JD requires a total of 87 credit hours and the MBA consists of 36 credit hours, and should take 3.5 to 4 years to complete; by completing both degrees 12 credits from the MBA count towards the JD (111 credit hours total). The JD program offers 9 formal concentrations which award a certificate as well as 8 practical skills study areas.

Loyola University Chicago

At Loyola University Chicago, students can earn both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration with a business law concentration. Students are required to apply to both programs separately, and can complete up to one year of courses in one program (JD or MBA) before focusing on the curriculum for the second program. By pursuing the JD-MBA joint degree students take six fewer courses between the two programs and can finish in four years of full-time study.

Northwestern University

The Chicago campuses of Northwestern University offer a joint JD-MBA program that can be completed in three years. Students spend the first and third year studying law, the second year studying business, and will take courses and participate in internships during the summer semesters. Students will submit one application to Northwestern and are not required to complete an LSAT. Depending on transfer credits, students will be required to complete at least 16 credit hours towards the MBA and 85 credit hours towards the JD. The MBA component can be concentrated in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, strategy, operations, general management, or managing organizations.

Saint Xavier University (with University of Illinois at Chicago)

Students can earn an MBA/JD dual degree through the joint program from Saint Xavier University (MBA) and University of Illinois at Chicago's John Marshall Law School (JD). Students are required to apply to each school and complete one year of the JD program before beginning any MBA courses. Students are required to complete 90 credit hours for the JD and 33 credit hours for the MBA, with 9 of the MBA credits counting towards the JD program. The program should take 4 to 5 years, and the MBA component can be completed online. Students can choose from four concentration areas within the Juris Doctor and 9 different options within the Master of Business Administration.

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago offers a JD-MBA joint program through the University of Chicago Law School and University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The program offers a single, centralized application and can be completed in three years of full-time study. The JD program consists of 105 credit hours and allows students to select courses that meet their interests after completing the core requirements in the first year. The MBA can be concentrated in one of 13 areas including strategic management, behavioral science, and business analytics.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
DePaul University JD-MBA
(14 MBA specializations available)
$19,032
Illinois Institute of Technology JD-MBA
(17 JD specializations available)
$29,328
Loyola University Chicago JD-MBA
(MBA in Business Law)
$18,594
Northwestern University JD-MBA
(8 MBA specializations available)
$54,120
Saint Xavier University
(with University of Illinois at Chicago)
MBA/JD
(9 MBA specializations available)
(4 JD specializations available)
$16,000 (Saint Xavier)
$13,612 in-state, $23,299 out-state (UIC)
University of Chicago JD-MBA
(13 MBA specializations available)
$57,759

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Admittance Requirements for JD-MBA Programs in Chicago

JD-MBA programs require applicants to have completed a bachelor's degree, but most programs do not require that degree to be in a particular field. Many programs require applicants to complete entrance exams which may include the LSAT and GRE. Other requirements may include relevant work experience, professional references, and an essay stating student objectives. Schools may have a central application process while others may require students to apply to each program separately.

JD-MBA joint-degree programs enable students to gain extensive knowledge of business and legal topics, earning both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration. Several schools in Chicago offer these programs with a variety of concentration options available for each program.

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