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

with Penn State's Smeal College of Business

Penn State Law and the Smeal College of Business (Smeal) 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 Smeal separately and must meet each school's admissions requirements. 

College-specific Admissions Requirements

Penn State Law

Smeal College of Business

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

Penn State Smeal One-Year MBA Application

International Applicants

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. Consult the M.B.A. program International Applicants page for more information.


A typical J.D./M.B.A. joint degree student will be in residence at Penn State Law for six semesters and at Smeal College of Business for two semesters.

Credit Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree. Degree requirements for the Penn State Law J.D. are listed on the Penn State Law website.  Degree requirements for the M.BA. degree are listed in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin.

Recommended Program of Study and Advising

All students in the program will have two advisors, one from Penn State Law and one from Smeal. Periodic interaction between the two advisors will be encouraged. 


Students will be charged the applicable Penn State Law tuition to cover the J.D. program and the applicable graduate tuition for the Smeal College of Business for the M.B.A. courses.

Financial Aid and Assistantships

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