JD/MBA

A Dual Degree of the University of Kentucky's College of Law and Gatton College of Business and Economics

The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Law offer you the opportunity to obtain the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in a dual degree program. Because both schools recognize that some aspects of business and law are compatible and interrelated, you can obtain both degrees in three years instead of the four to five years required if the degrees were pursued separately. With the JD/MBA, you will be able to open doors to specialized employment opportunities, gain marketable skills in less time and with a smaller financial investment.


Admissions & Preparatory Courses

The JD/MBA dual degree is a three-year program culminating with the awarding of both the Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Students interested in the JD/MBA program must apply independently to both colleges and meet the admission requirements of each. Current first-year law students are eligible only if no more than one full-time semester has been completed. Make sure to review the College of Law website for any new updates or information. Before applying into the MBA program, please review the Admissions Requirements, MBA Preparatory Courses and updated GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy.

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Program Description & Curriculum

Earn two competitive degrees in only three years.

This unique, dual degree program reinforces instruction and experience obtained in the other, and allows qualified students to pursue specialized, blended careers in law and management. The JD/MBA can be completed in only three years in either the One Year MBA or Professional MBA programs. To earn the JD and MBA degrees under the dual degree program, you must receive a total of 71 credit hours of work in the College of Law, and 38 credit hours in the One Year MBA or 27 credits in the Professional MBA.

Dual Degree Program with One Year MBA

Year 1: 30 credit hours of required Law courses.
Year 2: 35 credit hours of MBA courses and 8 credit hours of Law courses.
Year 3: 3 hours of MBA courses and 33 hours of Law courses.

Tuition for One Year MBA: $9,500 ($250 per credit hour)

Dual Degree Program with Professional MBA

Year 1: 30 credit hours of required Law courses.
Year 2: 12 credit hours of required MBA courses, and 20-21 hours of Law courses.
Year 3: 15 credit hours of required MBA courses, and 20-21 hours of Law courses.

Program Fee for Professional MBA: $6,750 ($250 per credit hour)

Please note: There are additional limitations on course selection in the College of Law upper division courses in both programs. See the full course description on the College of Law website.


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Contact Us

College of Law

Jimmi Nicholson
Director of Admissions
College of Law
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.218.1699 (office) | jimmi.nicholson@uky.edu

Gatton College of Business and Economics

Christopher Carney
Director of MBA Recruitment
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.7645 (office) | christopher.carney@uky.edu

Harvie Wilkinson
Director, MBA Programs
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky | Lexington, KY 40506
859.257.1924 (office) | harviewilkinson@uky.edu