Joint JD-MBA Programs in California
This article compares tuition rates and other program features for joint Master of Public Administration (MBA) and Juris Doctorate (JD) degrees across the state of California.
University of Southern California
USC offers a joint MBA/JD program wherein law students can begin taking business classes after completing their first year of law school. Because USC's law curriculum is flexible and includes a lot of time to pursue electives, students who wish to develop a concentration in business law (and/or pursue graduate certificates like financial compliance, human resources law, media and entertainment law, technology and entrepreneurship law, or transnational law and business) can do so without pursuing a joint MBA and Juris Doctor.
University of California - Davis
Within the joint MBA/JD program at UC Davis, students spend their first year immersed in an intensive law school program. Afterward, they can begin taking both law and business classes side-by-side (with up to ten credits of business class credits counting toward the law degree).
University of California, Los Angeles
In the UCLA School of Law and Anderson School of Management joint JD/MBA program, students can choose to develop concentrations in international trade, corporate law and finance, public service, industrial relations, or management consulting. This four-year program includes 73 law school semester units and at least 76 management school quarter units.
University of California, Irvine
To pursue a joint JD/MBA at UC Irvine, students can take graduate coursework in business and management prior to beginning their law school curriculum. Most students complete the program in four years.
Stanford boasts one of the oldest joint MBA/Juris Doctor programs in the country. Its program emphasizes skills and topics of particular importance to the local business environment of Silicon Valley, like intellectual property law, corporate litigation, entrepreneurialism, private equity investment, international business, and venture capital.
University of San Francisco
At the University of San Francisco, joint MBA and JD students can double count up to 24 units (12 law credits can go toward the MBA and 12 MBA credits can go toward the JD). Within the four-year program students spend the first two years at law school, the third year at business school, and the final year taking business and law courses side by side.
San Diego State University
San Diego State has partnered with the California Western School of Law to offer a joint MBA/Juris Doctor program. Students start with a year of law school and then move into taking core business courses like financial management, business economics, and organizational behavior and leadership. Up to 12 credits from the business program can count toward the law degree and vice versa.
University of the Pacific
Law students at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California can earn an MBA at either the university's Eberhardt School of Business or through a partnership with Cal State Sacramento's College of Business Administration. The University of the Pacific accepts up to 12 MBA credits toward the JD degree, while Cal State Sacramento accepts up to nine law credits toward their business degree.
University of California, Berkeley
At UC Berkeley, joint MBA/JD students are encouraged to complete the first two years of law school before beginning business courses. As per the MBA program guidelines, applicants should have at least two years of relevant work experience.
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Students at UC Hastings College of the Law can earn a Master of Business Administration concurrently with one of the three business schools that UC Hastings has partnered with: UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Presidio Graduate School, and UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Law students apply to the business school of their choice in their first or second year of the law program and can count up to 12 credits of business courses toward their law degree.
|University||Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition for Academic Year (2019-2020)*|
|University of Southern California||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||$46,272|
|University of California, Davis||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||In-state: $11,442|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||In-state: $11,442|
|University of California, Irvine||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||In-state: $11,442|
|Stanford University||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||$52,479|
|University of San Francisco||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||$25,740|
|San Diego State University||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||In-state: $7,176|
|University of the Pacific||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||$48,904|
|University of California, Berkeley||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||In-state: $11,442|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Joint MBA/Juris Doctor||$43,250|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Admissions Requirements for Joint JD/MBA Programs in California
Students who wish to pursue a joint Juris Doctorate and MBA must apply to their university's school of law and business school separately (admission into one program does not guarantee admission into the other). To apply to law school, students are generally expected to have LSAT test scores and a high undergraduate GPA. To apply to business school, many universities require GRE or GMAT scores, and some universities require applicants to have years of relevant work experience. For both programs, students send in their official transcripts, a nonrefundable application fee, a current resume, letters of recommendation and personal statement essay. At some universities, students apply to both programs concurrently, whereas in other programs students apply to business school during their first or second year of law school.
Universities across the state of California offer joint Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor programs. Students can choose the program that best fits their needs based on location, tuition rates, program concentrations, and admissions requirements.