MBA/JD in Law and Health Sector Management

The Master of Business Administration / Juris Doctor (MBA/JD) in Law and Health Sector Management is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the School of Law (LAW) and the Questrom School of Business. It equips you with an understanding of the interaction between legal and management principles in the health sector.

Health lawyers struggle with new and traditional legal problems in this economic sector. These problems include ownership of electronic medical records, public health and environmental risks, ethics and intellectual property rights involved with gene therapy, and countless others.

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

Key Facts

  • Number of credits: 136 (52 MBA, 84 JD)
  • Number of years to complete: 4.5 years
  • Full-time or part-time: Full-time only
  • Deadline to apply:
    • School of Law: April 1
    • Questrom School of Business: Round 1 – October 16, Round 2 – January 8, Final Round – March 12

If your interest is health care, BU’s MBA/JD program in Law and Health Sector Management, offered in conjunction with SMG, equips you with an understanding of the interaction of legal and management principles in the health sector. This program enables you to earn both an MBA in Health Sector Management and a JD in an accelerated program of four and a half years rather than the usual five.

Program Requirements

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

Students must complete a 400-hour internship to gain practical experience in one facet of the health sector. Typically, students complete their internship requirement during a summer term.

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 set of 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.

Admission Process

Applicants interested in the joint MBA/JD in Health Sector Management should submit completed applications to both the School of Law and the Questrom School of Business. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time.

The Questrom School of Business will review your application when you have submitted all of the following materials:

  • Application form, including answers to required essay questions
  • Application fee of $125 payable to Boston University
  • Current résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT results: request official scores and include a copy with your application package
    • BU’s GMAT code is P42-5K-43
    • GMAT test scores are valid for 5 years
  • Official copies of all university-level transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)

Please have all transcripts mailed to:
Boston University Questrom School of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Please note: The GMAT or GRE is required by the Questrom School of Business. The LSAT may not be substituted for the GMAT or GRE.

Contact Us

Contact the Questrom School of Business 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.