Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration
J.D./M.B.A. students must satisfactorily complete course requirements for both the J.D. and M.B.A. degree programs. In addition to the J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, a Joint Program Certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.
The J.D./M.B.A. program requires completion of 124 academic credits (76 credits of Law Center courses and 48 credits of M.B.A. work, with 9 credits of M.B.A. coursework counted toward the J.D. degree and 9 credits of J.D. coursework counted toward the M.B.A. degree). The program also requires: (1) completion of the graduation requirements of both programs; (2) maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00/4.00 in the M.B.A. program and the required minimum cumulative grade point average for the J.D. program (see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies); and (3) specific upperclass J.D. courses that must be taken to fulfill distribution requirements for either the Corporate Law or Public Policy focus, as outlined below.
The required 124 J.D./M.B.A. academic credits are distributed as follows:
- 30 credits of the required first-year law program;
- 46 credits in upperclass law courses, including:
- Professional Responsibility and
- satisfactory completion of the upperclass legal writing requirement.
- Students matriculating in Fall 2016 or later must also complete 6 credits of experiential coursework.
- Credit requirements will vary depending upon the student’s choice of courses within the Corporate Law or Public Policy focus area, as described below;
- 36 credits of required M.B.A. core classes. Core classes include Structure of Global Industries (SGI), Financial Reporting Fundamentals, Financial Markets and Corporate Decision Making, Managerial Statistics, Firm Analysis and Strategy, Analysis and Reporting of Financial Information, Marketing Analysis and Customer Strategy, Leadership & Social Intelligence, Analytical Problem Solving, Operations, and Business and Public Policy in a Global Economy. As a part of your electives, you will also take one Integrative Learning Experience.; and
- 12 credits of M.B.A. core and elective classes in the second, third, and/or fourth year. Specifically, students will take Principled Leadership in Business & Society and the Global Business Experience in their third year.
Corporate Law Focus
In addition to the core requirements, students selecting the corporate law focus must complete:
- 12 credits of required business-related law courses taken in the third and fourth years, which include Corporations, Taxation I, and Taxation II; and
- 6 additional credits of business-related law courses to be taken in the third or fourth year.
Public Policy Focus
In addition to the core requirements, students selecting the public policy focus must complete:
- 18 credits of required public policy-related law courses taken in the third and fourth years, which include Administrative Law (not required for students who have completed Government Processes in Curriculum B), Constitutional Law II, Corporations, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (or Legislation), and Taxation I; and
- 6 additional credits of required public policy-related law courses to be taken in the third or fourth year.
Typical Degree Path
A typical distribution of the 124 academic credits in the J.D./M.B.A. Program:
- First Year: 31 J.D. credits (including optional 1-credit Week One simulation course)
- Second Year: 36 M.B.A. credits
- Third Year: 23 J.D. credits, 9 M.B.A. credits
- Fourth Year: 22 J.D. credits, 3 M.B.A. credits
For more detailed information, please read the J.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Handbook.