Recognizing that the worlds of law and business have become increasingly interdependent and complex, the School of Law (LAW) and the Graduate School of Management (GSM) at Boston University offer a formal dual degree program in Law & Management. Because of the many areas of focus shared by the two schools, students can complete the JD/MBA dual degree program in as few as four calendar years.
Students beginning the dual degree program must complete the following for the MBA:
- 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.
- Executive Communications (1 cr) One of the following courses will meet this requirement:
- 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.
Note: The required courses (a total of 40 GSM credit hours) must be completed within the Graduate School of Management. The number of LAW credits for these courses may differ because of American Bar Association requirements for calculating LAW credits; please check with the School of Law Registrar’s Office for credit conversions.
The MBA program has a strict policy on having the appropriate prerequisites for certain courses. Also, not all courses are offered each semester, so please be sure to meet with the GSM dual degree advisor before you register for each semester to plan your MBA courses and confirm what courses will be offered.
Please note that dual degree students must take evening classes at GSM.
There are no specific LAW courses required for the JD/MBA program, but it is strongly suggested that students take courses in the areas of commercial law, business organizations, government regulation of business, and taxation.
Note: No LAW-taught management courses (e.g., LAW Principles of Accounting) may be transferred to the Graduate School of Management for MBA credit.
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.
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.
Applying to the Graduate School of Management
Students ordinarily apply to GSM before or during their first year of law school to begin the MBA program in their second year of law school. However, students can also apply to GSM to begin their master’s degree program in 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.
- Online application
- 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 postgraduate experience. As such, candidates with little or no work experience should be stronger in other admission 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.
GSM merit-based financial aid is very limited. Students with merit-based scholarships from the School of Law should not expect scholarship awards from GSM.