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

Penn State Law and the School of Business Administration (BADM) at Penn State Harrisburg offer a joint degree leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.), and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).

Admissions Requirements

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

College-Specific Admissions Requirements

BADM: Completed Graduate School application; Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT); letter of recommendation from the Associate Dean of Penn State Law ; evidence of proficiency in analytic skills through college-level calculus and statistics demonstrated either by completion of courses or successful completion of a mathematics proficiency examination approved by the program; evidence of proficiency in microcomputer applications skills; proficiency in writing evidenced by a score of "4" or higher on the analytical writing assessment portion of the GMAT; proficiency in entry-level financial accounting as demonstrated by completion of college-level coursework; completion of a set of pre-program business core requirements demonstrated by completion of a minimum of six (6) credits of advanced undergraduate work in each core area. Each course must have been completed with a grade of B or higher within seven years prior to admission to the M.B.A. program. The School of Business Administration will review the applicant's transcripts for acceptability of the courses. 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 the M.B.A. program at our Harrisburg location..

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

  • Select: Apply Now or Continue Application in Progress
  • Select: Degree Admission for: Joint Law/Graduate Degree

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

The department and faculty liaisons for Penn State Law shall be the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the student advisor shall be the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or such other faculty member(s) as may be designated by the Dean. The liaison for the M.B.A. program will be the Director of the M.B.A. programs at Penn State Harrisburg, School of Business Administration.

College Prescribed Curriculum

Penn State Law

BADM: In addition to the mathematics, computer, and writing proficiency requirements and the prerequisite courses, the M.B.A. degree program requires 30 credits of course work at the graduate level (500-level or higher) distributed over 18 credits in prescribed courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

Inter-program Transfer of Credits

Penn State Law: Nine (9) credits for M.B.A. courses may be transferred for credit toward the 88 credits required for the J.D. degree at Penn State Law. Which nine (9) credits will be transferred will be subject to the approval of the Associate Dean at the law school. Students must also obtain a grade satisfactory to the J.D. program in order for the approved courses to be transferable.

BADM: Students must first satisfy the entry and pre-program requirements of the M.B.A. program, then 30 additional credits are required. Nine (9) credits of coursework at Penn State Law may be transferred toward the M.B.A., subject to program approval. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to the M.B.A. program in order for the credits to be transferable.

Sequence of Study

The sequence of courses will be determined by the student and their advisors. Students must successfully complete the first-year curriculum with the law school before beginning the M.B.A. program. M.B.A. courses completed prior to the successful completion of the law school first-year-curriculum will not be permitted to count toward the J.D. degree. In compliance with ABA Standards and Rules law students may not enroll for more than 17 credits per semester at Penn State.

Recommended Program of Study and Advising

All students in the program will have two advisors, one from Penn State Law and one from BADM. 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.


Penn State Law and Penn State Harrisburg will each charge their own tuition to students in the J.D./M.B.A. program.

Financial Aid and Assistantships

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

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) course list

Penn State Law course list