Joint Degree Program
For students interested in both the business and legal professions, Mississippi College offers a joint juris doctor and master of business administration degree.
Holding both a JD and an MBA gives an edge to prospective attorneys whose career plans include work with corporations and partnerships, corporate financing, or transactional work. In addition to enhanced business knowledge and skills, an MBA provides enhanced credibility in the competitive business world.
MC Law’s joint degree program can help you launch your career more quickly. Earning a JD typically requires three years of study; earning an MBA typically requires two years. Because some course credits apply toward both the JD and the MBA, it’s possible to earn both degrees in four years rather than in five.
In the competitive legal and business arenas, the joint degree program can give you an edge on success.
Earning the Joint Degree
Students must be separately admitted to both the JD and MBA programs. Candidates for the joint degree must successfully complete all of the requirements for both the JD and MBA degrees, but six of the 90 semester hours of work required for the JD degree may be satisfied by the following classes offered through the Mississippi College School of Business:
- Accounting Policies (ACC 6501)
- Policy Formulation and Administration (MGT 6572)
Nine of the 30 semester hours of course work required for the MBA degree may be satisfied by law school course work. The Law, Business, and Society class (three credit hours) will be satisfied by completing six hours of any of the following law classes:
- Contracts I and II
- Ethics and Professionalism
The two electives (three credit hours each) in the MBA curriculum may be satisfied by completing six hours of any of the following law classes:
- Business Associations I
- Business Associations II
- Business Planning
- Commercial Paper
- Corporate and Partnership Taxation
- Debtor-Creditor Law
- Employment Law
- Estate and Gift Taxation
- Federal Taxation
- International Business Transactions
- Labor Law
- Pension and Employee Benefit Law
- Real Estate Finance and Development
- Real Estate Transactions
- Sales and Leasing
- Secured Transactions
- Securities Regulation
Students must earn a C or better in all classes for which dual credit may be given. Law school credit for business school classes will not be finally awarded unless and until completion of the joint degree program.
The law school and business school have each assigned a faculty member to serve as advisor to students in the joint degree program regarding course sequencing. Students pursuing the joint degree may sequence the law and business classes in almost any way, except that students may not take business school classes during the first year of law school. Otherwise, a student may take both law and business classes in the same semester, or take all course work during a given semester in one program or the other. This flexibility in sequencing permits MBA students to enter the joint degree program at any time, and law students to enter at any time after the first year of law school.
Students must complete the course work necessary for the law degree within five years. The JD degree requires a minimum of five semesters in residence (four for transfer students) at the law school. Residency credit for purposes of the JD degree will be awarded proportionately for semesters in which a student takes both JD and MBA courses.