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2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2022-2023 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Law and Business Administration (Carnegie Mellon), JD/MBA

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The daily interaction of Law and Business in our society presents attorneys, entrepreneurs, and other professionals with a diverse set of challenges arising from public and private institutions, policies, and practices. A joint degree program can provide valuable interdisciplinary skills to tackle these challenges. To prepare the next generation of leaders, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law offers an outstanding joint degree program in Law and Business with a unique option.

Students may combine a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business, which is in the top 20 of all U.S. business schools according to the the U.S. News rankings. The JD/MBA program enables students to receive integrated training in Law and Business while reducing the amount of time ordinarily necessary to earn the two degrees from five years to four years.


Students in the JD/MBA program complete the joint degree in either eight (8), nine (9), or ten (10) semesters. During the first four (4) semesters of the program, students must enroll full-time for one (1) entire year at the School of Law and for one (1) entire year at the appropriate School of Business. Students have an option of enrolling either at the School of Law or the School of Business for the first-year of the program. During the third- and fourth-years of the program students enroll in courses at both schools, subject only to availability and each school’s respective upper-level requirements. To graduate from the Law School, students in the JD/MBA program must have five semesters of full-time enrollment (minimum of 10 credits per semester) at the Law School (rather than the six that is normally required).

School of Law

Details about the first-year program at the School of Law can be found on the First-Year Curriculum page.  A full listing of the requirements for graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law can be found on the Graduation Requirements page.

Tepper School of Business

To graduate with a JD/Tepper MBA degree students must acquire a total 88 credits from the School of Law and 64 credits (or 192 units) from Tepper. However, completing the MBA degree entitles the student to 15 credits of advanced standing at the School of Law, resulting in an actual total of 73 credits; and completing the JD degree entitles the student to 10 credits (or 30 units) at Tepper, resulting in an actual total of 54 credits (or 162 units). This means that, after a year at the School of Law and a year at Tepper, a student must acquire at least 40 additional credits from the School of Law and 22 credits (or 66 units) in electives from Tepper to graduate with a JD/MBA.

More information can be found on their website.

For Students Interested in Practicing in New York

Please be advised that students who wish to be admitted to practice in New York should not enroll in a joint degree program that entitles the student to more than 12 credits of advance standing at the Law School (i.e., the JD/MBA with the Tepper School of Business). See New York Rules of Court § 520.3(c)(5).

MBA Degree Requirements

*In Fall 2022, modifications were approved for the MBA Degree Requirements. Students will have until Summer 2023 to complete old program curriculum requirements*

The following core courses are required of all full-time MBA students:

Accelerated MBA, Signature MA, Part-Time MBA and Dual-Degree MBA/MS programs; MBA with Business Analytics students also complete the MBA Core Curriculum with additional credits required from business analytics curriculum. Joint-Degree MBA students also complete the MBA Core Curriculum, with some exceptions.

MBA Professional Courses

In addition to the MBA Core Curriculum, MBA students also complete “professional” coursework:

  • Quant Methods for Business
  • Programming for Business
  • Business Communications

The content of these courses is designed to accelerate a students’ academic and personal development as a business professional. The timing, delivery, and credit-load may vary by program (i.e. Accelerated v. Signature v. Part-Time MBA). Any credits earned count toward the minimum 45-credits required for the MBA degree.


For detailed term-specific course descriptions, please go to the Schedule of Classes Course Lists on the Law School web site.

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