MBA/JD

The MBA/JD program combines the respected resources of the Willamette University College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management. The program is four years in length and results in two professional degrees: the Master of Business Administration and the Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Willamette's MBA/JD program is accredited for law by the American Bar Association (ABA) and business by AACSB International.  The program is also a member of NASPAA, for public management.  The program is specially designed for graduates anticipating careers in corporate law, trust administration, tax law, regulation, public sector management, entrepreneurial ventures, consulting and private legal practice.

Admission and Financial Aid for MBA/JD Students

Candidates for the joint degree program must apply and be admitted to both the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Admission to one of the degree programs does not guarantee admission to the other.

The College of Law and the Atkinson School also award scholarships separately. A scholarship given by one program does not apply while a student is studying at the other program.

MBA/JD students who receive scholarship assistance from the MBA program will receive the scholarship only for the first academic year in which they are enrolled full-time in the MBA program.

MBA Curriculum for MBA/JD

MBA/JD  students who start the MBA program prior to their first year at the College of Law or following their first year at the College of Law, will follow the registration guide shown in Sample 1.

MBA/JD students who start the MBA program after their second year at the College of Law will follow the registration guide shown in Sample 2.

Sample 1 - MBA/JD student starts MBA program prior to the first year in the College of Law or following the first year in the College of Law

During the first two years of the four year program, MBA/JD students complete one academic year in the MBA program and one in the law program. During the third and fourth years of the MBA/JD program, students are concurrently enrolled in the law and MBA program. Generally, third and fourth-year MBA/JD students will take two-thirds of their courses at the College of Law and one-third at the Atkinson School.

1st MBA Year - Fall Semester - MBA/JD Students  (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5103: Data Analysis, Modeling & Decision Making (3 credits)
  • GSM 5104: Managing Individuals, Teams and Organizations (3 credits)
  • GSM 5105: Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5107: Marketing: Creating Satisfied Consumers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5108: PACE I: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organizations, and Achieving Your Career Goals (3 credits)

1st MBA Year - Spring Semester - MBA Students/JD  (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5109: PACE II: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organizations, and Developing an Entrepreneurial Venture (3 credits)
  • GSM 5110: Economics, Finance and Markets (3 credits)
  • GSM 5114: Operations and Systems Management (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)

Year 3 and 4 - Concurrent Enrollment in MBA and Law - (18 MBA credits plus Law credits)

  • GSM 6121: Politics and Public Policy for Managers (3 credits - fall semester)
  • GSM 6123: Strategic Management (3 credits - spring semester)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or Experiential Elective (3 credits)
     

Sample 2 - MBA/JD student starts MBA program after their second year in the College of Law

MBA/JD students who begin the MBA program after their second year at the College of Law, will complete the first-year of the MBA program during the third year of the JD/MBA program. These students will then complete the remaining 18 credits of MBA course work during the fourth year of the MBA/JD program. 

1st MBA Year - Fall Semester - MBA/JD Students  (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5103: Data Analysis, Modeling & Decision Making (3 credits)
  • GSM 5104: Managing Individuals, Teams and Organizations (3 credits)
  • GSM 5105: Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5107: Marketing: Creating Satisfied Consumers (3 credits)
  • GSM 5108: PACE I: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organizations, and Achieving Your Career Goals (3 credits) 

1st MBA Year - Spring Semester - MBA/JD Students   (15 MBA credits)

  • GSM 5109: PACE II: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organizations, and Developing an Entrepreneurial Venture (3 credits)
  • GSM 5110: Economics, Finance and Markets (3 credits)
  • GSM 5114: Operations and Systems Management (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)

4th Year of JD/MBA Program - Concurrent Enrollment in MBA and Law - (18 MBA Credits plus Law courses)

  • GSM 6121: Politics and Public Policy for Managers (3 credits - fall semester)
  • GSM 6123: Strategic Management (3 credits - spring semester)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective (3 credits)
  • GSM 6___: MBA Elective or MBA Experiential Elective (3 credits)
     

 

 

Areas of Interest

MBA/JD students may pursue their individual MBA career interests in general management or one or more of the following areas of interest:


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