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
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:
- An application for MBA admission and the application fee.
- Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework.
- 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.
- A current resume (3 years of work experience is strongly encouraged).
- A Statement of Purpose explaining your interest in an MBA degree in general and the NKU MBA degree in particular.
- 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.
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.
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.