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J.D./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

with the Penn State Smeal College of Business

Penn State Law and the Smeal College of Business (Smeal) offer a joint degree program leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Smeal JD/MBA ProgramAdmissions Requirements

Students must apply to Penn State Law and Smeal separately and must meet each school's admissions requirements. Students are eligible to start taking classes in the Smeal M.B.A. program after successfully completing the first-year curriculum with the law school.

College-specific Admissions Requirements

Penn State Law

Smeal: All applicants for the M.B.A. program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). They must also complete the online application (consisting of the application form, a professional résumé, work history, and three essays); provide two copies of their prior academic transcripts; submit two letters of recommendation, and pay a $65 nonrefundable application fee. Students currently enrolled at Penn State Law in the J.D. program may apply to the J.D./M.B.A. program during their first or second year of study by applying for admission to Smeal.

Application Process

Students must complete the following Penn State applications, along with any other requirements in the College-specific Admissions Requirements section above. These applications may be completed simultaneously.

Penn State Law Application for Admission

Graduate School Application

International Applicants

All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or master's degrees from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) and submit the results of that test with the application for admission. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test or a score of 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 points on the new Internet-based test with a minimum of 23 points on the new speaking portion; or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required for admission.

College Liaisons

Penn State Law

Department Liaison: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Academic Advising Liaison: Shari Welch, Registrar, 250D Katz Building, University Park, PA 16802; telephone: (814) 863-9938; e-mail: slg1@psu.edu
Faculty Liaison: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Smeal:

Department Liaison: The Senior Associate Director of M.B.A. Admissions

Academic Advising Liaison: Robin Brouse, Director of Student Services, 220 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802; telephone: (814) 863-0474; e-mail: rsb1@psu.edu
Admissions Contact: Stacey Dorang Peeler, MBA Admissions Director, 220 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802; telephone (814) 865-7338; e-mail: SPeeler@psu.edu
Faculty Liaison: Doug Thomas, MBA Faculty Director, 220 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802; e-mail: dthomas@psu.edu

College Prescribed Curriculum

The J.D. degree at Penn State Law requires a minimum of 88 credits and the Smeal M.B.A. degree requires a minimum of 60 credits. For students enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A. Program, Penn State Law accepts the transfer of twelve (12) Smeal credits which all come from Smeal's required core curriculum. Similarly, Smeal accepts the transfer of twelve (12) credits from the Penn State Law required core curriculum with the possibility of four (4) additional credits eligible for transfer from Penn State Law electives courses. Please contact the Smeal College liaison indicated above for the current list of Penn State Law electives that may be transferred to the Smeal M.B.A. Students must take a minimum of 76 credits from Penn State Law and 44 credits from Smeal in order to complete the J.D./M.B.A. program.
 

J.D./M.B.A. PROGRAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS *
M.B.A. Required Courses J.D. Required Courses
Marketing 2 First-Year Curriculum 32
Management 2 Professional Responsibility 2
Team Process and Performance 1 Seminar  2-3
Ethical Leadership 2    
Negotiations Immersion 1    
Supply Chain & Operations Management 2    
Financial Accounting 2    
Risk and Decisions 2    
Leadership Communications 4    
Introduction to Managerial Accounting 2    
Information Technology 2    
Introduction to Finance 2    
Economics for Managers 2    
Global Perspectives 1    
Global Business Environment 1    
Strategies for Converging Economics 2    
Introduction to Statistics 2    
2nd Year Practicum Capstone 4    
International Immersion 2    
Career Immersion 0    
Service Immersion   0    
Degree credits from required courses 38 Degree credits from required courses 36-37
Transfer credits from J.D. Required Courses 12 Transfer credits from M.B.A. Required Courses 12
M.B.A. Electives (minimum) 6 J.D. Electives (minimum) 40-41
Additional M.B.A. Elective Credits or transfer credits from J.D. electives *     4 Minimum Required Credits 88
Minimum Required Credits  60    
* subject to revision


Pursuant to University policy, the transfer credits may not be applied to their corresponding joint degree until a participant has completed at least one year of study in both Penn State Law and Smeal. Smeal credits completed prior to enrollment in the joint degree program will not be permitted to count toward the J.D. degree.

Sequence of Study

Students may choose to conduct their study in either of the two sequence options shown below. Each "Year" refers to the traditional academic year beginning in late August and concluding in May. In addition, Penn State Law offers a limited number of courses during the summer term. Smeal does not offer any classes over the summer term. You will find more detailed information below regarding course sequencing for the J.D./M.B.A. joint degree. In compliance with ABA Standards and Rules law students may not enroll for more than 17 credits per semester at Penn State.

Option 1

Year 1: J.D. Foundation Coursework at either the Carlisle or the University Park location

Year 2: M.B.A. Foundation Coursework at the University Park location

Year 3: Combination of J.D. and M.B.A. Coursework at the University Park location

Year 4: J.D. Upper Level Coursework at either the Carlisle or the University Park location
 

Option 2

Year 1: J.D. Foundation Coursework at either the Carlisle or the University Park location

Year 2: J.D. Upper Level Coursework at either the Carlisle or the University Park location

Year 3: M.B.A. Foundation Coursework at the University Park location

Year 4: Combination of J.D. and M.B.A. Coursework at the University Park location
 

J.D./M.B.A. PROGRAM SEQUENCING *

J.D. Foundation Coursework
Year 1 at Carlisle or University Park Campus

Fall Spring
Orientation/Preterm Activities 2 weeks First-Year J.D. Curriculum 15 weeks
First-Year Curriculum 15 weeks    
M.B.A. Foundation Casework
Year 2 or Year 3 at University Park Campus 
Fall Spring
Orientation/Preterm Activities 2 weeks    
Financial Accounting; Strategies for Converging Economies; Management; Team Processes & Performance; Leadership Communications 7 weeks International Immersion 1 week
Career Immersion 1 week Risk & Decisions; Ethical Leadership; Information Technology; Leadership Communications; Elective Course 7 weeks
Global Business Environment; Economics for Managers; Introduction to Statistics; Introduction to Managerial Accounting; Leadership Communications 7 weeks Executive Panel Case Competition 3 days
Combination of J.D. and M.B.A. Coursework
Year 3 or Year 4 at University Park Campus
Fall Spring
M.B.A. Elective Courses (2 sessions) 7 weeks M.B.A. Elective Courses (2 sessions) 7 weeks
J.D. Electives Courses 15 weeks J.D. Electives Courses 15 weeks
Negotiations Immersion 1 week Service Immersion 1 week
J.D. Upper Level Coursework
Year 2 or Year 4 at either Carlisle or University Park Campus
Fall Spring
J.D. Electives Courses   J.D. Electives Courses  
*subject to revision


Recommended Program of Study and Advising

All students in the program will have two advisors, one from Penn State Law and one from Smeal. Periodic interaction between the two advisors will be encouraged. A program of study will be developed for each student, taking into account the fact that some courses at both locations are offered on a rotating or intermittent basis. Many courses are offered every year but some are offered every two or three years. Note: Joint degree students are eligible for membership on a scholarly journal and may participate in the writing competition. However, JD/MBA joint degree students must defer law journal membership while enrolled in full time MBA coursework, which normally occurs in the year following the 1L JD year.

Tuition

Students will be charged the applicable Penn State Law tuition to cover the J.D. program and the applicable graduate tuition for the Smeal College of Business for the M.B.A. courses.

Financial Aid and Assistantships

Decisions on financial aid and assistantships will be made by each school according to that school's procedures.

Penn State Smeal MBA Program

Penn State Law J.D. Degree Requirements