The J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program is offered by the College of Law and the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
The needs of today’s business clients are constantly changing, and those clients need their business lawyers at their side to counsel and assist them in navigating a dynamic legal environment. Having familiarity with business practices in the U.S. and abroad will position business lawyers for a successful and dynamic career.
With an innovative legal curriculum, one of the top-ranked business programs in the country and an ideal downtown Atlanta location, Georgia State is poised to prepare the next generation of business lawyers.
- Business and corporate law practice
- In-house counsel for large and small businesses
- Risk management
Earn two degrees in a shorter time and at a lower cost than if pursued separately.
- Consult with the Robinson College of Business catalog regarding course requirements and completing any prerequisites
- Waive out of the 3-credit MBA 8030 – Legal Environment: Ethics and Corporate Governance course
- 12 J.D. credit hours count towards M.B.A. electives
To pursue a dual degree, students must be accepted by both colleges and satisfy the curriculum requirements for both programs. Acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance to the other.
Additional Information & Requirements
Students who earn fewer than 12 semester hours of grades of B or higher in the J.D. program will receive a reduced number of hours of credit toward the general business concentration in the M.B.A. program. Such students must compensate for this shortage of courses eligible for elective credit by taking additional courses in either college and earning minimum grades of B. Course choices must be approved in advance by the Robinson College of Business Office of Graduate Student Services.
In addition, completion of the first-year curriculum of the J.D. program in good academic standing will satisfy the M.B.A. requirement MBA 8030 Legal Environment: Ethics and Corporate Governance. For students who drop out of the J.D. program before completing the first-year curriculum, or do not complete it in good standing, determination of credit for MBA 8030 will be decided by normal transfer-of-credit procedures, which are explained in the Robinson College of Business catalog.
Enrollment Sequencing and Time Limits
The College of Law does not permit enrollment in the dual degree program after a student has completed more than 21 semester hours of 8000-level M.B.A. coursework.
After students have been admitted to both the J.D. and M.B.A. programs and have declared intent to be enrolled in the dual degree program, they must immediately complete 30 semester hours of required courses in the J.D. program. After completion of these 30 hours, enrollment in the courses of either college or enrollment in both colleges concurrently is permitted.
Dual degree students may be required to take prerequisite, foundation or introductory courses prior to beginning M.B.A. coursework.
Grading and Scholastic Discipline
Students enrolled in the dual degree program must meet the academic regulations of each college, including those related to the minimum GPA and scholastic discipline. The computation of the GPA in each college is based only on courses taken in that college.
Prior to graduation, students completing the dual degree program are responsible for confirming with both colleges that the degree requirements for each program have been satisfied. Students must complete the graduate application for each degree.
No credit hours of J.D. course work will be applied toward the M.B.A. degree requirements until the completion of J.D. degree requirements. Similarly, no M.B.A. credit toward the J.D. degree is awarded until the M.B.A. degree program has been completed. A simultaneous awarding of degrees will satisfy this requirement.
The requirements for the M.B.A. degree must be completed within eight years of the initial semester of enrollment in the M.B.A. program. The J.D. degree must be completed within seven years of the initial semester of enrollment in the J.D. program.
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