Joint JD-MBA Programs in Texas
Joint JD/MBA programs allow students to save time and money by pursuing both degrees at the same time. This article compares JD/MBA programs available at universities across the state of Texas.
Texas A&M and South Texas College of Law
Texas A&M partnered with South Texas College of Law in Houston to provide students with a four year dual Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. Accepted students complete two years of law school at South Texas College, study business for one year at Texas A&M, and then return to South Texas College to finish their JD in the final year.
At Baylor University, law students in the middle of their program can apply to the business school to earn an MBA degree and vice versa (it does not matter which program students start in, as long as they meet admissions requirements for both programs). Joint JD/MBA students can finish their degree in as little as 36 months to four years, since MBA elective requirements are waived in lieu of law classes.
Texas Tech University
Law students at Texas Tech can apply to earn an MBA anytime before their fourth semester of law school. Admitted students can count 12 credits of law classes as electives for their MBA degree.
University of Texas at Austin
At UT Austin, students in a joint MBA and JD program take 70 hours of course credit in the school of law, 23 hours of MBA core coursework, and 24 hours of MBA electives. If students are accepted and meet the graduation requirements for both programs, they can cross-count some of their law degree courses as MBA electives.
Southern Methodist University
Joint MBA/JD students at SMU can choose between two separate schedule tracks: (1) a four year program for students with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who wish to develop a specialization within their MBA program or (2) a three year track for students who have an undergraduate background in business or economics and wish to complement their law studies with a general MBA curriculum. Graduates of the four year program go on to careers in business or law while graduates of the three year program generally go into legal professions.
St. Mary's University
At St. Mary's University, joint MBA and JD students spend their first year taking law school courses. Through the rest of their program they balance law classes with MBA courses at the intersection of law and business, like taxation, multinational management, investment analysis, international banking, and gift and estate taxes.
University of Houston
At the University of Houston, students can earn their JD and MBA simultaneously (with 12 semester hours of the law classes applying to the MBA and 15 semester hours of business courses applying to the JD). Students can earn both degrees in 3-4 years full-time or 5-6 years part time.
University of St. Thomas and South Texas College of Law
The University of St. Thomas in Houston has partnered with South Texas College of Law to offer a four year joint JD and MBA degree program. Students spend the first year studying law at South Texas College of Law, their third year taking MBA classes at St. Thomas University as well as a professional responsibility and ethics course from the law school, and then finish their final year at law school.
Texas Southern University
Within Texas Southern University's joint MBA and JD program students balance law classes (like contracts, civil procedure and torts) with business classes (like economic analysis, managerial finance, and entrepreneurship). Graduates are prepared for careers in a wide range of professions that combine business and the law, like banking, corporate law and international trade.
|University||Programs Offered||Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*|
|Texas A&M||Joint JD/MBA||In-state: $6,552|
|Baylor University||Joint JD/MBA||$30,888|
|Texas Tech University||Joint JD/MBA||In-state: $5,832|
|UT Austin||Joint JD/MBA||In-state: $11,742|
|Southern Methodist University||Joint JD/MBA||$40,896|
|St. Mary's University||Joint JD/MBA||$16,830|
|University of Houston||Joint JD/MBA||In-state: $8,214|
|University of St. Thomas||Joint JD/MBA||$25,954|
|Texas Southern University||Joint JD/MBA||In-state: $5,487|
Application Requirements for Joint JD and MBA Programs in Texas
Students who wish to pursue a joint JD and MBA program must apply to and fulfill the requirements for both programs. Applicants might need to take both the LSAT admission test for law school and the GRE or GMAT admission test for business school (in some cases programs will waive the GRE/GMAT requirement in favor of the LSAT). While some programs prefer students to apply to both programs simultaneously, others allow students to apply to the secondary program within the first few semesters of graduate study.
Students without an undergraduate background in business or economics may be required to take extra proficiency courses upon admission to the program. Students could need to send in a nonrefundable admissions fee, letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a resume, and a personal essay to both the business school and law school admissions office.
Texas offers a great variety of dual JD and MBA programs. Students can choose the best program for them based on tuition rates, location, and other important program features.