In an increasingly complex global economy, successful organizations need leaders who can synthesize not only their management training – including finance and strategy – but also the legal and ethical factors at play in the business landscape.
While the JD and MBA degrees typically require five years of study when pursued independently, the dual degree program takes only four years to complete. The first two years are spent at the School of Law, the third year is spent at NYU Stern, and the fourth year is divided between the two schools.
Admission to the JD/MBA programApplicants to the JD/MBA program will complete a joint application that is evaluated independently by each school. While no additional admissions standards are applied to dual degree applications at either school, students qualify for the dual degree program only upon admission to both NYU Stern and the School of Law. Please note that it is possible to be admitted to both programs, only one program, or neither program in this process.
Students who are already enrolled at the School of Law may apply to the JD/MBA program in their first or second year, by the application deadline.
Individuals who already hold a JD and/or MBA degree are not eligible for admission to the dual degree program.
Find out more about the JD/MBA application process and application deadlines.
Program StructureThe JD/MBA dual degree comprises a total of 122 credits. Students must complete 51 credits at NYU Stern and 71 credits at the School of Law, making it possible to complete the degree requirements for both programs in four years of full-time study – as opposed to the five years typically required to complete both degrees independently.
JD/MBA students register with either the School of Law or NYU Stern depending on where they are taking the majority of their credits in a particular semester. Students are required to register at the School of Law for five semesters and at NYU Stern for three semesters. To view a sample schedule, visit the Academic Affairs website.
Tuition & Financial AidJD/MBA students pay full tuition and fees at the school through which they are registered each semester. If a student exceeds the maximum number of per-semester credits and/or courses permitted by the school in which she/he is registered, the tuition and fees for the additional credits must be paid to that school.
Merit scholarships are awarded automatically to students who qualify and are based on a holistic review of the admissions application. Financial aid, including federal loans, private loans and scholarships, is administered by the school at which a student is registered in a particular semester. In addition, students may be eligible to obtain Teaching Fellowship or Graduate Assistantship positions, many of which offer tuition remission, at the school in which they are registered in a given semester.
View information on School of Law financial aid and Stern MBA financial aid.
Career ServicesStudents are encouraged to take advantage of all career counseling and placement services at both the School of Law and NYU Stern throughout the dual degree program. Career counselors are available to aid students in areas such as résumé preparation, interviewing techniques, networking and career option assessment. JD/MBA students should become familiar early in the program with career services offered at each school.
The Office of Career Services (OCS) at the School of Law begins working with students in November of their first year. Typically, JD/MBA students will explore traditional legal internships during the summer after their first and second years in the program, and then pursue business opportunities in their third summer (following their first year of study at NYU Stern). JD/MBA students have access to OCS throughout the dual degree program.
The Office of Career Development (OCD) at Stern can help JD/MBA students pursue an internship as well as full-time employment in business. Dual degree students who complete the NYU Stern Ignite program during their first year of study at NYU Stern are eligible to participate in the summer internship recruiting process. Ignite consists of required and optional workshops, panel discussions, mini-courses, Q&A sessions, mock interviews, résumé critiques and functionally-specific strategy groups. In addition, JD/MBA students are eligible to participate in the full-time recruiting process at NYU Stern once they have completed all OCD requirements.