MBA/JD in Law and Management

The Master of Business Administration / Juris Doctor (MBA/JD) in Law and Management is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the School of Law and the School of Management (SMG). This degree provides the legal and analytical tools for results-oriented decision-making.

The worlds of law and business are more intertwined than ever, and attaining successful management results requires careful attention to legal and regulatory issues, often on a global scale.

Because the schools share many areas of focus, students can complete both degrees in four years rather than the usual five.

Key Facts

  • Number of credits: 124
  • Number of years to complete: 4
  • Full-time or part-time: Full-time only
    • Students may complete the MBA on a part-time schedule, but the JD must be completed on a full-time schedule.
  • Deadlines to apply:
    • School of Law: April 1
    • School of Management: Round 1 – October 16, Round 2 – January 8, Final Round – March 12

Program Requirements

In this program, students typically complete the first year of the Law School curriculum and then begin taking SMG courses part time during the first semester of their second year. They then often take one SMG course each semester of the third year. Their final year, students will take only SMG courses to complete the dual degree. The JD is awarded by the School of Law and the MBA is awarded by the School of Management.

Curriculum Map

First Year
Fall Spring
JD Classes JD Classes
Second Year
Fall Spring
Leading Orgs and PeopleJD Classes Financial Reporting and ControlJD Classes
Third Year
Fall Spring
Financial MgmtJD Classes Data Analysis for Managerial Decision-MakingJD Classes (finish JD)
Fourth Year
Fall Spring
Marketing MgmtEconomics and Mgmt DecisionsCreating Value through Operations & Technology

Executive Presentations
Executive Written Communication

Please note that this is a sample guide. This is by no means a firm map of courses, and each individual’s schedule will vary. Students should meet with their advisor from both the School of Management and the School of Law for assistance with course selection. The curriculum and courses are subject to change as recommended by deans, faculty, and administrators of SMG and the School of Law.

Learning Goals

Master of Business Administration

Learning in the MBA program is heavily experience and team-based, emphasizing the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (particularly analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the cognitive realm), and cuts across traditional educational categories. In the first semester of the full time program, student teams are formed and engage in projects that combine application of content from multiple courses, culminating in competitive presentations and products. There is also a major simulation carried out by a separate set of teams that lasts several days and mimics iterative decision-making in the real world. Courses are heavily interactive, and cases are widely used in the classroom.

MBA Learning Goals

The learning goals of the MBA program have been adopted by the MBA Program Development Committee as the competencies all graduates of the program should attain. From these learning goals the program has developed measurable objectives, which are regularly assessed and results are fed back into the curricular process.

Specifically, the learning goals of Boston University’s MBA program are as follows:

  • We develop graduates with self-awareness and strong career management skills
  • We develop graduates who can apply integrative leadership, have strong communication skills, and can perform well and contribute appropriately on teams
  • We develop graduates who understand the strategic implications and application of technology within business
  • We develop graduates who possess a management-systems perspective. Graduates will have an understanding of core, functional, business knowledge; and will be able to successfully apply critical and analytical thinking within a management-systems perspective
  • We develop graduates who possess an ethical, global, perspective


While students are attending both the School of Law and SMG, they pay only one tuition. However, if a student exceeds 18 credits in a given semester, he or she will be charged additional tuition.

Students who take summer SMG courses while considered a law student must pay extra tuition for those courses.

Students receive scholarships from their “home school” — in this case, the School of Law. Students should not expect scholarship awards from SMG. For more information on how to obtain financial aid and scholarships from the School of Law, please refer to their website.


Graduates of this program go on to work in law firms that have corporate legal practices, join the in-house legal departments of corporations, enter investment banking or financial services, or advise start-up companies.

Admission Process

Applicants interested in the joint MBA/JD in Law and Management should submit completed applications to both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Management. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time. To view required essays and the admissions checklist for the School of Management, please visit the Admissions Process page. Please note: The GMAT or GRE is required by the School of Management. The LSAT may not be substituted for the GMAT or GRE.

Students who are already enrolled in the School of Law as a JD candidate may seek enrollment in the School of Management’s MBA program as a dual-degree student. Students often apply to the School of Management before or during their first year of law school to begin the MBA program in their second year of law school.

Please see the application process page for the School of Law and the Graduate School of Management for more information.

Contact Us

Contact the School of Management at (617) 353-2670 or contact the School of Law at (617) 353-3100 for program-specific questions. We’re also available on chat through MSM/AIM/Yahoo/Google Talk; our screen name is BostonUMBA.