Dual JD/MBA in Health Sector Management

Boston University’s JD/MBA program in Law & Health Sector Management is intended to equip selected students with an understanding of the interaction of legal and management principles in the health sector, either in health delivery or in the biopharma/medical device industry, dependent upon students’ interests and subsequent course selections. Students in the program may earn both the JD and MBA degrees in an accelerated program of four-and-a-half, rather than the usual five, years.

Program Requirements

Students must complete the following courses for the JD/MBA in Health Sector Management:

  • All LAW courses required by the JD program
  • Core Graduate School of Management (GSM) courses required for the MBA (listed below)
  • Health Sector Management courses (listed below)

After the first year of law school, students may apply toward the JD no more than two graduate-level MBA courses in one semester; however, students may apply toward the JD a maximum of 12 credits total of non-law, graduate-level work taken at GSM.

NOTE: In order to satisfy American Bar Association accreditation requirements, the number of credits that the School of Law can grant for a graduate-level course taken at GSM may be different from the credits allocated by GSM for that course; therefore, students must check with the School of Law Registrar’s Office to verify the number of credits that may be applied toward the JD for a GSM course.

Although GSM has a summer session, courses offered during the summer session are limited and vary from year to year. Also, students who take summer GSM courses while a law student must pay extra tuition for those courses. Please note that summer courses taken at GSM may not be applied toward the JD.

MBA Core Course Requirements (40 GSM credits)

Must be taken in the evening program at GSM.

  • OB 712 Managing Organizations and People (4 cr) (Note: this course must be taken first, with ES 707)
  • ES 707 Managing Career Growth (1 cr) (Note: OB 712 and ES 707 are taught by the same professor and must be taken together)
  • AC 711 Financial Reporting and Control (4 cr)
  • MK 724 Marketing Management (4 cr) (Prereq: AC 711 must be taken before or concurrently)
  • QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making (4 cr) (Prereq: OB 712)
  • FE 722 Financial Management (4 cr) (Prereq: OB 712 and AC 711)
  • FE 730 Economics and Management Decisions (4 cr) (Prereq: OB 712; recommend QM 717)
  • OM 726 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (4 cr) (Prereq: OB 712, AC 711, and QM 717; recommend MK 724 and FE 722)
  • IS 711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (4 cr) (Prereq: OB 712, AC 711, and QM 717)
  • SI 751 Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (4 cr) (Prereq: OB 712, AC 711, MK 724, and OM 726) We recommend that students take this in the Fall or Spring Semester.
  • ES 700 Executive Presentations (1 cr) or ES 701 Executive Written Communication (1 cr)
  • PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr) This course may be waived with the completion of appropriate coursework at LAW.

Health Sector Management Courses (12 GSM credits)

  • HM 703 Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 cr)
  • One of the following courses:
    • HM 710 Health Services Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr)
    • HM 717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution (3 cr)
  • Two of the following Health Sector Management (HSM) elective courses:
    • HM 710 Health Services Delivery: Strategies, Solutions, and Execution (3 cr) Course will count as an HSM elective if not taken as part of your HSM core.
    • HM 717 Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics: New Challenges, Strategies, and Execution (3 cr) Course will count as an HSM elective if not taken as part of your HSM core.
    • HM 801 Bench-to-Bedside—Translating Biomedical Innovation from the Laboratory to the Marketplace (3 cr)
    • HM 817 Health Information Technology (3 cr)
    • HM 833 Health Sector Marketing (3 cr)
    • HM 840 Health Sector Consulting (3 cr)
    • IM 853 India Field Seminar (3 cr)
    • OM 840 Managing and Improving Quality: Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (3 cr) Course project must be health sector field.
    • SI 814 Intellectual Property Strategies in Life Sciences and Technology (3 cr)
    • SI 852 Starting New Ventures (3 cr) Business plan developed must be within the health sector field.


Prospective students must submit online applications to both the Graduate School of Management and the School of Law. Students must be accepted by both schools.

Students ordinarily apply to the Graduate School of Management before or during their first year of law school to begin the MBA program in their second year of law school. However, students also can apply to GSM to begin their master’s degree program during their third year of law studies. In that case, students would be behind by two GSM courses out of the total number of courses required for the MBA.

Requirements for Graduate School of Management Admissions

  • An official score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) from the past five years (Note: the LSAT will not be accepted in lieu of the GMAT)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Three required essays
  • Official copies of all university-level transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Current résumé

Although work experience is not a requirement of admission, many candidates do have some post-graduate work experience. As such, candidates with little or no work experience should be stronger in other admissions criteria, such as GPA and the GMAT.

Application Deadlines for GSM

To be considered for fall enrollment, prospective students may submit their application to GSM prior to any of the following three deadlines:

  • October 29
  • January 7
  • March 11

Tuition & Financial Aid

While students are attending both the School of Law and the Graduate School of Management, they pay only one tuition. If students exceed 18 credits in a given semester, they will be charged additional tuition.

The Graduate School of Management’s merit-based financial aid is very limited. Students with merit-based scholarships from the School of Law should not expect scholarship awards from GSM.