The dual JD/MBA degree allows highly motivated students to gain a competitive edge in law and business at an accelerated pace. Students may earn the dual degree on a three-year or four-year schedule of full-time study at the UConn schools of Law and Business, compared with five years if the degrees were pursued separately. Part-time students may pursue the JD/MBA by taking courses in the law school’s evening division and the business school’s part-time MBA program.
The flexible curriculum is designed for those whose career goals include domestic or international business, management, international finance or public service, as well as such specialized fields as tax accounting, investment management, corporate organization or the legal aspects of marketing.
The School of Law offers day and evening courses at its campus in the West End of Hartford, while the School of Business offers day and evening MBA courses at its Graduate Business Learning Center in downtown Hartford, as well as evening courses at the Stamford and Waterbury regional campuses.
Students in the three-year program spend the first year completing the law school’s first-year curriculum, typically followed by two more law classes during the first summer. In the second year, they complete the business school’s first-year MBA curriculum. In the third year, they ordinarily take thirty-two (32) credits: twenty-nine (29) at the law school and three (3) at the business school. Students may modify the schedule by taking more than six (6) law credits in the first summer or by seeking a for-credit summer legal externship.
Students in the four-year program may begin study at either school. Students beginning at the School of Law will complete a minimum of thirty-three (33) credits in the first year of full-time study. Students beginning at the School of Business will complete thirty-nine (39) credits in the first year of full-time study. Throughout the remaining years of study, students may take courses at either school, depending on their preferences and the availability of courses.
When credits from both programs are combined, full-time students are ordinarily limited to sixteen (16) credits and part-time students to twelve (12) credits per semester. Students seeking to exceed these limits must obtain permission from the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law. In order to comply with American Bar Association standards, course work at the law school may in no case exceed seventeen (17) of the total credits in one semester.
In total, students must earn at least seventy-four (74) credits from the law school and forty-two (42) from in the MBA program at the business school. This must include all required first-year courses at both schools, as well as a law school course in Legal Ethics and Responsibility and an intensive, analytical paper to satisfy the law school’s writing requirement. Separately, a JD would require eighty-six (86) credits and an MBA fifty-seven (57) credits, but the number of credits required for each degree is reduced because some credits can be transferred and applied toward both.
Dual degree candidates are required to complete these programs concurrently. The final award of transfer credit is contingent upon completion of both programs. Students who complete all of the requirements for the JD and MBA in three years will be charged a one-time fee equivalent to one semester's tuition and fees at the law school. The primary value of the three-year option is enabling students to enter the job market sooner.