The School of Law and the College of Business Administration at University of Detroit Mercy offer a unified program leading to the JD and MBA degrees. The JD/MBA program offers graduates the opportunity to increase their opportunities in both business and legal markets. The program provides students with an understanding of legal concepts, regulatory frameworks, and business management principles, and it enables students to develop a versatile skill set that is valued by legal, corporate, and nonprofit employers.

Students enrolled in the joint degree program earn both degrees in significantly less time than would be required for the degrees if they were pursued separately. The integrated course of studies allows students to connect business and legal concepts, such as accounting practices with tax law, labor management relations with labor law, organizational planning with corporation law, and corporate financing with banking and securities law. This integration of studies provides students with career flexibility by providing graduates with a skill set that can move between the legal and business worlds.

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    Course of Study

    If students enter the program as a law student, they will devote their first year to the standard first-year law school curriculum. After the first year, most students pursue an integrated course of study in both colleges. Some prefer to devote most of the second year to the MBA portion of the program. Students who enter the joint degree program after beginning the MBA program will spend the next academic year completing the first-year law curriculum.

    The joint JD/MBA program requires approximately three and one-half to four years of full-time study, depending on the number of courses required for the MBA. For part-time students, the first-year law curriculum will require two academic years to complete. For the JD degree, 78 School of Law credit hours are required.


    Degree Requirements

    For the JD, students must complete 78 School of Law credit hours, including all required courses.

    For the MBA, students must complete courses in several categories as outlined below.

    Foundation Courses

    Foundation courses may be waived by the College of Business Administration if the applicant has taken equivalent undergraduate courses.  Absent such waiver, the following foundational courses are required: 

    • ACC 5100 Corporate Financial Accounting
    • MBA 5120 Data Analysis for Decision Making
    • MBA 5180 Foundations of Financial Management

    Core Required Courses 

    Core required classes in the College of Business Administration include the following:

    • ACC 5200 Managerial Accounting
    • MBA 5200 Modeling, Analytics, and Operations Decisions
    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
    • MBA 5220 Strategic Financial Management
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management & Planning
    • MBA 5250 Teamwork and Shared Leadership: Enhancing the Creative Process in Organizations
    • MBA 5260 Systems & Technology
    • MBA 5900 Strategic Management and Innovation in a Global Economy


    Students complete nine hours of electives specifically approved as part of a cognate area concentration. These electives may be either law or business courses. Law courses considered as business electives also may be counted toward the 78 hours required for the JD. The JD/MBA faculty advisor in the Law School must approve the cognate concentration.

    Additional Academic Policies

    JD/MBA students must maintain a 2.8 GPA in law courses and a 3.0 in business courses to remain in the joint degree program and to receive the two degrees.  Requirements for both degrees must be completed before either is awarded. Thus, a JD/MBA program student who has completed the law requirements but not the business requirements is not eligible to sit for the bar exam. Students who do not maintain these eligibility requirements may remain in both programs, but must complete the normal requirements for each degree.