College of Arts & Sciences
A liberal arts education forms a broad academic foundation for independent thought, critical analysis, and lifelong learning. In other words, preparing you for your first career and your next.
USF's JD/MBA dual degree program prepares students for careers in the increasingly interdependent worlds of law and business. The four-year program saves time and tuition while setting you apart with the multidisciplinary expertise employers want.
This four-year program, offered jointly with the USF School of Management, is designed to provide law school graduates with an in-depth perspective of corporate business practices, and the business skills necessary to successfully manage law firms, larger businesses or non-profit organizations. With a strong emphasis on teamwork, the MBA program helps you to develop an entrepreneurial approach to solve a variety of managerial problems in both startup and corporate settings.
This dual degree provides a cost and time savings of up to 24 units compared to completing each degree separately. Up to 12 of the required 84 JD units are accepted as crossover courses from the MBA program and up to 12 of the required 56 MBA units are accepted as crossover courses from the JD program. Separate admission is required and each school applies its own standards and requirements for admission and continued participation. Students enrolled in the dual degree program complete the first two years of study exclusively at the law school, and spend the third year at the business school. The JD/MBA program is offered jointly with the USF School of Management.
Full-time JD students must complete the first year exclusively in the law school program with a minimum cumulative GPA above 2.50 at the end of their first year in order to be eligible for the JD/MBA program. After completing their second year at the law school, students must complete their third year exclusively in the full-time MBA cohort program. Part-time JD students who wish to enroll in the joint program must (1) convert to full-time status before the start of the second year, (2) complete six law units in the summer immediately following the first year, (3) complete the first and second year exclusively in the law school, and (4) complete the third year exclusively in the full-time MBA cohort program. MBA courses are offered in fall, spring and summer terms, and follow a cohort model for the required core courses.
For the JD MBA concurrent degree, students must earn at least 84 law units, including 45 units in required core courses and 56 business units, including 28 units in required core courses.
Up to 12 of the required 84 JD units are accepted as crossover courses from the MBA program and up to 12 of the required 56 MBA units are accepted as crossover courses from the JD program.
|First-Year Courses||Law Units||Business Units|
|Civil Procedure||4 Units||-|
|Criminal Law||3 Units||-|
|Criminal Procedure||3 Units||-|
|Legal Research, Writing & Analysis||6 Units||-|
|Second-Year Courses||Law Units||Business Units|
|Constitutional Law||4 Units||2 Units|
|Corporations||4 Units||2 Units|
|Evidence||4 Units||2 Units|
|Electives (law program)||16 -20 Units||2 Units|
|Third-Year Courses||Law Units||Business Units|
|Leadership, Teams & Organizations||-||4 Units|
|Financial & Managerial Accounting||-||4 Units|
|Spreadsheets and Business Analytics||-||4 Units|
|Ethics and Social Responsibility in Business||-||4 Units|
|Process & Technology Management||-||4 Units|
|Macroeconomic Business Conditions||-||2 Units|
|Managerial Finance||-||4 Units|
|Business Presentation Foundations||-||1 Units|
|Forth-Year Courses||Law Units||Business Units|
|Advanced Business Communications||-||1 Unit|
|Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility*||3 Units||-|
|Professional Skills Requirement*||Variable||-|
|Strategic Management in the Global Environment||-||4 Units|
|Upper Level Research & Writing Requirement||0 Units||-|
† For students entering fall 2013 and thereafter.
*If not previously completed.