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JD/MBA Applicants

Admitted law students may be eligible to receive a waiver of the GMAT requirement from the Meinders School of Business (MSB). In addition, if you are admitted to the School of Law, you no longer need to send a separate application to the Graduate School.


Law students may apply to the MSB at any time prior to the completion of their fifth semester of law school (if the student has taken summer classes, a summer semester counts as one-half of a semester). MSB students may apply to the School of Law at any time prior to completion of 12 credit hours of work in the MSB. An MSB student must begin law studies in the first August following his or her decision to pursue the joint degree program.

Once you have applied and been admitted to the School of Law, it is not necessary to complete a separate graduate school application. Instead, the GMAT may be waived, and the law school will forward a copy of your law school application,  your transcript, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office for consideration. Applicants must meet all admission requirements of MSB and must complete necessary prerequisite courses identified in the MSB catalog.

If you wish to begin business courses prior to being admitted to the law school, you must apply separately through Graduate Admissions.


Joint degree students must complete 84 credit hours in the School of Law and 30 credit hours in the MSB (over and above any foundation courses required for the MSB). This compares with 90 hours normally required in the School of Law and 36 hours typically required in the MSB if the degrees are pursued separately.

Program candidates may begin Business Courses immediately upon admission. Summer classes are available. However, candidates must complete their first two semesters of law school (fall and spring) without interruption before taking additional business courses.


In the School of Law, joint degree candidates must complete all of the regular required courses, as well as Income Tax, Agency and Partnership, and Secured Transactions. In the MSB, joint degree candidates are exempt from taking Legal Environment and International Transactions and Business Ethics in the MBA generalist track.


GPA’s for JD/MBA candidates will be calculated separately. Your law school GPA and rank will be determined based only on law school classes. You will receive a separate GPA for business coursework.