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JD/MBA Program

About the JD/MBA Program

If you want to broaden your career opportunities in the fields of business and law, consider Stetson University's J.D./M.B.A. program. Students completing the program receive both an M.B.A. degree from the Stetson University School of Business Administration and a J.D. degree from the Stetson University College of Law. Holders of these degrees can use the J.D. to provide legal context for managerial activities and the M.B.A. to sharpen administrative and managerial decision-making skills. Many CEOs and upper-level managers hold law degrees.

At Stetson University's College of Law, competence comes from a solid academic curriculum backed by an intensive program of skills training through legal clinics and other real-law experiences. As a graduate of the program, you will enter the workforce ready to work with a solid education in business and law designed to develop management competencies.

In this program, you will enjoy a significant savings in required coursework. Both degrees may be completed within three years. The M.B.A. program accepts 12 credit hours from a list of directed electives in the law program, and the College of Law accepts 12 credit hours from the M.B.A. program of study. Your net benefit is a reduction of 24 credit hours when compared to pursuing the two degrees independently.

Course Availability

  • The required graduate business courses for the J.D./M.B.A. program are offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings (fall and spring) and Monday and Tuesday evenings (summer) at the College of Law campus in Gulfport, Fla.
  • Two M.B.A. classes are offered in each of the fall, spring and summer semesters at the College of Law.
  • Students generally begin M.B.A. classes during their fourth semester in law school and may begin M.B.A. classes in the fall, spring or summer.
  • All advanced-level M.B.A. requirements for the J.D./M.B.A. program can be satisfied at the College of Law.
  • M.B.A. degree courses are also offered at Stetson University's historic campus in DeLand and at the Celebration center near Orlando.

Information Sessions

The Office of Admissions invites you to attend an information session to learn more about the JD/MBA dual degree program offered through Stetson University College of Law. 

Tampa/Gulfport

How to Participate in the JD/MBA Program

To participate in the J.D./M.B.A. program you must first apply to the College of Law and successfully be admitted. Upon completing your first year of law studies, you may then apply to add the M.B.A. degree to your program. You must be admitted into the J.D. program, offered by the College of Law, and the M.B.A. program, offered by Stetson's School of Business Administration, independently. All entrance requirements for both programs must be satisfied.

When applying to the M.B.A. program, you may request that copies of your transcripts, recommendation letters and L.S.A.T. scores be sent from the College of Law to the Office of Graduate Business Programs, which will also require an official copy of your transcript from the College of Law reflecting your progress in the J.D. program. Transcripts and L.S.A.T. scores are sent from the registrar's office at the College of Law and the recommendation letters are sent from the admission office at the College of Law. You may be exempt from the G.M.A.T. by presenting acceptable L.S.A.T. scores.

The required graduate coursework for the M.B.A. portion of the J.D./M.B.A. program consists of 18 credit hours of M.B.A. core courses, which are listed below. The remaining 12 hours for the M.B.A. degree must include Law 3255- Corporations and 9 hours from the list of directed electives from the law curriculum.

JD/MBA Core Courses

All courses are worth three credit hours unless otherwise specified.

Advanced Accounting Seminar

ACCT 520

An introduction to advanced issues in accounting and reporting from a user perspective. Open only to M.B.A. students.

Advanced Financial Management

FINA 511

Corporate finance course aimed at further understanding and application of financial concepts learned in the basic course. Emphasis placed on the responsibility of the financial manager to contribute to the operating efficiency of the firm, its long range objective and the financial decision-making process. Graduate only.

Managerial Decision Analysis

BSAN 507

An analysis of the quantitative decision making process in management. Emphasis on decision theory, probabilities, marginal reasoning, game theory, linear programming, queuing, simulation and trends in statistical analysis. Graduate only.

Marketing Decision-Making

MKTG 516

A study of the process for designing and implementing strategic programs for the marketing of goods and services. Topics covered include the gathering of decision making data, setting of strategic direction, and the creation of marketing programs. Graduate only.

Strategic Management

MGMT 596

An integrated concept of Business Administration which will relate the principles and problems studied in the various "functional" fields. Case studies. J.D./M.B.A. students only. Capstone course.

Technology for Business Transformation

BSAN 591

Using case analysis, class discussion, and problem solving exercises, this course explores the critical factors affecting business success through the use of information technology. Business strategy issues, uses of business intelligence, e-business technologies, streamlining business operations, creating an environment that builds innovation and organizational transformation are discussed in detail. Graduate only.

Eligibility and Requirements

Students who are currently enrolled in or have completed their J.D. degree at the Stetson University College of Law within the past five years will be eligible for some benefit in pursuing an M.B.A. degree. This benefit will be reflected by receiving credit for 12 credit hours from their law studies toward an M.B.A. degree. Once you have completed the J.D. degree at the College of Law, your program of study for the M.B.A. degree will consist of the 18 credit hours listed above.

  • Students are be required to maintain the minimum GPA specified for each program. (Business 3.0; Law 2.0)
  • Students must maintain a GPA within the top 75 percent of their law class. Students whose ranking falls within the bottom 25 percent of their law class will not be permitted to continue in the dual-degree program until their rank returns to the top 75 percent of their law class.
  • Participants in the J.D./M.B.A. program must complete the requirements set forth in the Stetson University Catalog for both the School of Business Administration and the College of Law. Both degree programs must be completed before either degree will be conferred.
  • In order to be eligible to take graduate-level M.B.A. classes in this program, students must have satisfied the following foundation course work with acceptable grades:
    • Business Finance
    • Business Statistics
    • Human Relations, Leadership and Teamwork (formerly Principles of Management)
    • Financial Accounting
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics
    • The Marketplace and Consumers (formerly Principles of Marketing)
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