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Joint JD-MBA Programs in New York City (NYC), NY

This article compares tuition rates, program options, and courses of study for dual Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD) programs located in New York City.

Pace University

At Pace University, MBA students can apply to law school anytime before the end of their first year of study (or before the end of their second year for part-time students), and law students can apply to the business school anytime before their fourth semester of law school. While some joint MBA and Juris Doctor programs offer only a general MBA program, students at Pace University can pursue an MBA concentration in human resources management, international business, international finance, accounting, information systems, entrepreneurial studies, financial management, investment management, executive, marketing management, strategic management, or taxation.

Columbia University

Columbia University offers a three-year JD and MBA program wherein students divide their time between Columbia's law school (for years one and three) and the business school (for year two). Columbia also offer a more traditional four year track that allows students the opportunity to spend three summers gaining hands-on experience through placements in local law offices, businesses and utilizing mentorship support and career advising through the university's Richman Center for Business, Law & Public Policy.

New York University

Within New York University's joint JD and MBA program, students spend two years at NYU's school of law school before moving to the Stern School of Business for one year, then they balance both law and business courses for the final year of the program. Students have the option of applying to the dual JD/MBA program or waiting to apply to the business school during their first or second year of law school.

Fordham University

The four-year joint JD/MBA program at Fordham University consists of an initial year at law school, a summer legal internship, a year at business school, a summer business/law internship, a third year taking both law and business classes, and then a final year at the law school. Students must apply to both programs separately (law students can apply to the business school before the end of their first year of law school, but business students must apply to both programs concurrently).

Long Island University

At Long Island University, students have the flexibility to earn their JD/MBA joint degree full-time or part-time through evening and Saturday classes. Students take courses on-campus at Long Island University and at sponsoring corporate offices across New York City.

Baruch College

Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business developed a partnership with both Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School to offer a joint JD/MBA program that students can complete in 4 years full-time or 5 ½ years part-time. Once students have been accepted into both the business school and law school, they can apply 9 of their 48 evening MBA credits as JD electives and 9 of their JD credits toward their MBA.

University Programs Offered Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*
Pace UniversityJoint JD/MBA30,408
Columbia UniversityJoint JD/MBA$46,216
New York UniversityJoint JD/MBA$42,888
Fordham UniversityJoint JD/MBA$33,396
Long Island UniversityJoint JD/MBA$22,050
Baruch CollegeJoint JD/MBAIn-state: $10,770
Out-of-state: $19,920

Source: *NCES

Admissions Requirements for a Joint JD/MBA in New York City

While some universities allow students to apply directly to the joint MBA/JD program, most universities require applicants to apply to the law school and business school separately. Because of this requirement, applicants must fulfill the admissions requirements for both degrees, including LSAT scores and relevant undergraduate coursework for the law program and GMAT/GRE scores, relevant undergraduate course work, and relevant work experience for the MBA program.

Admission into one program does not guarantee admission into the other. Applicants can either apply to both schools concurrently or apply to business school within the first year of their law program (some universities do let business students apply to law school within the first year of graduate study, but that is less common). In general, applications for both programs include a nonrefundable application fee, letters of recommendation from previous professors or employers, official transcripts, test scores, A CV or resume, and a statement of purpose essay (as well as TOEFL test scores for students whose first language is not English).

Students can pursue a joint MBA/JD program in the heart of New York City at a variety of well-known universities. Universities across the city offer varying scheduling options, tuition rates, and program features that students should compare as they decide which program best suits their interests and career goals.