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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration, J.D./M.B.A.

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The JD/MBA is an attractive alternative for individuals wishing to practice law and/or business in an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. It is designed to augment the knowledge of students who seek to expand their expertise in the business arena. Courses in the NKU Chase College of Law will serve as electives for the MBA degree, and Haile/US Bank MBA courses will serve as electives for the JD degree. Accordingly, the number of semester hours required to obtain the joint degree is fewer than the number required if each degree is pursued independently.


Admission Process and Requirements

New Students

Applicants for the JD/MBA degree program must apply to and meet the separate admission requirements for each college.

The NKU Chase College of Law accepts an entering class only in fall semester. The College of Law operates a dual-division program, which accommodates both full-time and part-time students. The Haile/US Bank College of Business accepts students in summer, fall and spring terms. Applicants may apply for admission as either full-time students or part-time students in both sections of the program, though the length of the program will be extended considerably for part-time evening JD/MBA students.

To be considered for admission to the MBA program, an applicant must submit the following:

  1. An application for MBA admission and the application fee.
  2. Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework.
  3. An official copy of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE score report. Exceptions to the GMAT/GRE requirement include possession of another Masters, MD or Ph.D. degree.
  4. A current resume (3 years of work experience is strongly encouraged).
  5. A Statement of Purpose explaining your interest in an MBA degree in general and the NKU MBA degree in particular.
  6. If applicable, an official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

For application deadline dates and a more complete description of the MBA admission materials, see previous section on MBA program or information on the web at http://cob.nku.edu/graduatedegrees/mba.html.

Visit http://chaselaw.nku.edu/futurestudents/jd/apply.html for a complete description of the NKU Chase College of Law application process and deadlines.

Currently Enrolled Students

Students currently enrolled in either the MBA or JD program may elect to pursue the joint degree if they comply with the admission requirements of each program. Students enrolled in the joint program will be eligible for membership in student organizations, fraternities and clinical programs of each college as well as for law review, mock trial, and moot court at NKU Chase College of Law.

Transfer Credit

Normally no more than 30 semester hours of law courses may be transferable toward the JD degree; no credit will be transferred for any course where a grade of less than C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) was received. Students wishing to transfer credit must have been in good standing at an American Bar Association approved law school. All credit transferred will be with the grade of “credit.” For transfer policies, refer to the graduate catalog.

Academic Standing

A student entering the joint JD/MBA program is required to complete 111 credit hours, consisting of 81 hours in the College of Law and at least 30 hours in the Haile/US Bank College of Business. If the same student were to complete each degree separately, he or she would be required to take 90 credit hours in law and at least 36 in business. Thus, at least theoretically, the joint degree program allows the student to take 12 fewer law credit hours and nine fewer business credit hours and to complete the joint degree program as much as a year earlier. Students failing in one college but meeting passing requirements in the other college and desiring to complete their degree there will be allowed to do so as long as they continue to maintain a passing average. Students who do not complete the joint program, however, will be required to meet the regular degree requirements that were in effect when they entered the joint program.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.



Preparatory Work

To be an excellent MBA student, one must possess or acquire a basic understanding of the fundamentals of business courses; accounting, finance and statistics. Some incoming MBA students may have taken coursework in some or all of these areas while others may have not. All incoming NKU MBA students take an online tutorial/assessment in each of seven subject areas, confirming that each student has command of this basic business knowledge. Each student needs to attain a proficiency score of 80% or higher to fulfill each module.

The MBA Foundations online tutorials/assessments consist of 7 individual modules covering the following subjects:

  1. Quantitative - about 45 questions
  2. Statistics - about 60 questions
  3. Economics - about 70 questions
  4. Accounting - about 50 questions
  5. Finance - about 50 questions
  6. Excel 2010 - Data Presentation in Spreadsheets - about 70 questions: 50% proficiency required

Upon registration, students receive instructions to obtain a tutorial access code. Once you have obtained your access code, you may take the assessments as many times as you need to achieve the required proficiency. Assessments must be completed by the beginning of Module 1 (Semester 1).

MBA Program Overview (30 credit hours)

MBA Boot Camp MBA 600   MBA Boot Camp 0
Module 1 MBA 601   Managing and Leading in Organizations 6
Module 2 MBA 602   Analytics for Decision Making 6
Module 4 MBA 604   Managing for the Future 6
Module 5 MBA 605   Operating in a Global Environment 6
Module 6 MBA 606   Aligning Strategy and Structure 6
Boot Camp (Required)

This 1.5 day zero credit is intended to orient and prepare students to succeed in the MBA curriculum.

The objectives are to introduce students to:

  • Critical Thinking emphasis
  • Business writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • The Case Method of Learning
  • Elemental Aspects of Financial Analysis
  • Problem Solving Processors
  • Becoming Life-Long Learners
  • The Systems Approach to the MBA Program
  • The Expectations for Students in the Program
Module 1

Managing and Leading Organizations

  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Leadership Styles and Theories
  • Teams: Structure, Composition and Processes
  • Emotional Intelligence; Cognitive and Perceptual Biases
  • Adaptability, Creativity, and Diversity
  • Power, Networks, and Influences
Module 2

Analytics for Decision Making

  • Decision Making and Simulation
  • Macro and Microeconomics
  • Financial Statement and Statistical Analysis
  • Pricing Perspectives and Strategies
  • Securities and Firm Valuation; Risk and Return Analysis
  • Managerial and Cost Accounting
Module 3

JD/MBA students are not required to take this module as the material is covered in law courses.

Module 4

Managing for the Future

  • Managing Innovation/Innovators
  • Using Information as a Resource
  • Market Segmentation and Opportunity Analysis
  • Funding the Future of the Organization
  • Forecasting and Organizational Valuation
  • Business Intelligence
  • Geopolitics: Present and Future
Module 5

Operating in a Global Environment

  • International Trade Agreements
  • Culture and Economic Differences
  • Global Business: Functions, Process, and Procedures
  • Global Supply Chains: Partnerships and Alliances
  • Global Sourcing, Negotiating, Production, and Logistics
  • Intellectual Property Issues
Module 6

Aligning Strategy and Structure

  • Global Competitive Advantage
  • Global Project Analysis
  • Strategic Issues in Managing and Growing Customer-Centered Firms
  • Creating and Managing the Sustainable Enterprise
  • Strategic Management of Non-profit and Entrepreneurial Organizations
  • Developing a Socially Responsible Firm


Required law courses plus the following:

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Business Organizations (4 credits)*
  • Employment Discrimination Law (3 credits)
  • Tax-Basic Income Tax Concepts (3 credits)
  • UCC: Sales and Secured Transactions (3 credits)
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits)
  • Tax Business Organizations and Business Planning (3 credits)

*Students may complete both Agency, Partnerships, and LLCs (3 credits) and Corporations (3 credits) in lieu of Business Organizations (4 credits).

Required Courses

For students matriculating at Chase on or after August 1, 2014, the required law courses are as follows (total 44 credit hours):

  • Basic Legal Research (2 credits)
  • Basic Legal Writing (3 credits)
  • Civil Procedure (4 credits)
  • Constitutional Law I (3 credits)
  • Constitutional Law II (3 credits)
  • Contracts I (3 credits)
  • Contracts II (2 credits)
  • Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • Criminal Procedure (3 credits)
  • Evidence (4 credits)
  • Legal Analysis and Problem Solving (1 credit)
  • Professional Responsibility (3 credits)
  • Property I (2 credits)
  • Property II (3 credits)
  • Torts I (3 credits)
  • Torts II (2 credits)

Elective courses

The additional hours needed to fulfill the total 81 law school hours will be taken from other courses offered by the College of Law, all as elective hours in the joint degree program - whether those courses are offered as core courses or as elective courses in the regular law curriculum.

Note: The core curriculum will not apply to students in the joint degree program.

Advanced writing requirements

Students in the joint degree program shall fulfill both parts of the Advanced Writing requirement.

Skills Training

Every student must pass at least three credit-hours of professional skills training beyond the required curriculum. Courses that satisfy this requirement will be identified on the course notes that accompany registration instructions provided each semester.

Additional Information

Students enrolled in the joint degree program are advised to take these courses as they are available: anti-trust law, close corporations, securities regulation, and white collar crime. While not always offered, these courses are important courses.

No more than six hours of credit from courses listed in the “18-Hour Rule” will apply to the 81 hours needed to fulfill the law hours in the joint degree program.

Students in the joint degree program are required to take their first year of law school before starting with MBA courses. Thereafter, students will take a combination of law and business courses. The model curriculum for the joint degree program is set forth below.

Students in the joint degree program can apply no more than 4 non-classroom hours to the 81 hours needed to fulfill the law hours in the joint degree program.

Students in the joint degree program shall maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average after their first 30 hours of law study and thereafter. Students who do not achieve this GPA would be dealt with in the usual academic standing procedures, modified only for the 2.5 GPA requirements. If a student ultimately fails to meet the GPA requirement but is otherwise in good standing in the College of Law, that student could continue in the regular JD program and be required to meet all of its GPA and other requirements, including the structured curriculum and core curriculum requirements. That student could also remain in the regular MBA program provided that the student otherwise met the MBA requirements; the decision of whether the student remained in the MBA program would be made in the Haile/US Bank Haile/US Bank College of Business. Because the business courses will be offered at night only, students in the evening division will most likely not be eligible to participate in the JD/MBA program.

Course Descriptions

Additional descriptions of MBA courses may be found in this catalog; JD course descriptions may be found in the College of Law catalog.

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