with Penn State's Smeal College of Business
Penn State Law and the Smeal College of Business (Smeal) offer a joint degree program leading to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).
Students must apply to Penn State Law and Smeal separately and must meet each school's admissions requirements. Students are eligible to start taking classes in the Smeal M.B.A. program after successfully completing the first-year curriculum with the law school.
College-specific Admissions Requirements
Smeal: All applicants for the M.B.A. program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). They must also complete the online application (consisting of the application form, a professional résumé, work history, and three essays); provide two copies of their prior academic transcripts; submit two letters of recommendation, and pay a $65 nonrefundable application fee. Students currently enrolled at Penn State Law in the J.D. program may apply to the J.D./M.B.A. program during their first or second year of study by applying for admission to Smeal.
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.
All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or master's degrees from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) and submit the results of that test with the application for admission. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test or a score of 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 points on the new Internet-based test with a minimum of 23 points on the new speaking portion; or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required for admission.
Penn State Law
Department and Faculty Liaison: The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Department Liaison: The Senior Associate Director of M.B.A. Admissions
Admissions Contact: Stacey Dorang Peeler, MBA Admissions Director, 220 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802; telephone (814) 865-7338; email: SPeeler@psu.edu
Faculty Liaison: Doug Thomas, MBA Faculty Director, 220 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
College Prescribed Curriculum
The J.D. degree at Penn State Law requires a minimum of 88 credits and the Smeal M.B.A. degree requires a minimum of 60 credits. For students enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A. Program, Penn State Law accepts the transfer of twelve (12) Smeal credits which all come from Smeal's required core curriculum. Similarly, Smeal accepts the transfer of twelve (12) credits from the Penn State Law required core curriculum with the possibility of four (4) additional credits eligible for transfer from Penn State Law electives courses. Please contact the Smeal College liaison indicated above for the current list of Penn State Law electives that may be transferred to the Smeal M.B.A. Students must take a minimum of 76 credits from Penn State Law and 44 credits from Smeal in order to complete the J.D./M.B.A. program.
|J.D./M.B.A. PROGRAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS *|
|M.B.A. Required Courses||J.D. Required Courses|
|Team Process and Performance||1||Upper Level Writing Seminar||2-3|
|Ethical Leadership||2||Experiential Learning Credits||6|
|Supply Chain & Operations Management||2|
|Risk and Decisions||2|
|Introduction to Managerial Accounting||2|
|Introduction to Finance||2|
|Economics for Managers||2|
|Global Business Environment||1|
|Strategies for Converging Economics||2|
|Introduction to Statistics||2|
|2nd Year Practicum Capstone||4|
|Degree credits from required courses||38||Degree credits from required courses||42-43|
|Transfer credits from J.D. Required Courses||12||Transfer credits from M.B.A. Required Courses||12|
|M.B.A. Electives (minimum)||6||J.D. Electives (minimum)||33-34|
|Additional M.B.A. Elective Credits or transfer credits from J.D. electives *||4||Minimum Required Credits||88|
|Minimum Required Credits||60|
|* subject to revision|
Pursuant to University policy, the transfer credits may not be applied to their corresponding joint degree until a participant has completed at least one year of study in both Penn State Law and Smeal. Smeal credits completed prior to enrollment in the joint degree program will not be permitted to count toward the J.D. degree.
Sequence of Study
Students may choose to conduct their study in either of the two sequence options shown below. Each "Year" refers to the traditional academic year beginning in late August and concluding in May. In addition, Penn State Law offers a limited number of courses during the summer term. Smeal does not offer any classes over the summer term. You will find more detailed information below regarding course sequencing for the J.D./M.B.A. joint degree. In compliance with ABA Standards and Rules law students may not enroll for more than 17 credits per semester at Penn State.
Year 1: J.D. Foundation Coursework
Year 2: M.B.A. Foundation Coursework
Year 3: Combination of J.D. and M.B.A. Coursework
Year 4: J.D. Upper Level Coursework
Year 1: J.D. Foundation Coursework
Year 2: J.D. Upper Level Coursework
Year 3: M.B.A. Foundation Coursework
Year 4: Combination of J.D. and M.B.A. Coursework
J.D./M.B.A. PROGRAM SEQUENCING *
J.D. Foundation Coursework
|Orientation/Preterm Activities||First-Year J.D. Curriculum||14 weeks|
|First-Year J.D. Curriculum||14 weeks|
|M.B.A. Foundation Casework
Year 2 or Year 3
|Orientation/Preterm Activities||2 weeks|
|Financial Accounting; Strategies for Converging Economies; Management; Team Processes & Performance; Leadership Communications||7 weeks||International Immersion||1 week|
|Career Immersion||1 week||Risk & Decisions; Ethical Leadership; Information Technology; Leadership Communications; Elective Course||7 weeks|
|Global Business Environment; Economics for Managers; Introduction to Statistics; Introduction to Managerial Accounting; Leadership Communications||7 weeks||Executive Panel Case Competition||3 days|
|Combination of J.D. and M.B.A. Coursework
Year 3 or Year 4
|M.B.A. Elective Courses (2 sessions)||7 weeks||M.B.A. Elective Courses (2 sessions)||7 weeks|
|J.D. Electives Courses||14 weeks||J.D. Electives Courses||14 weeks|
|Negotiations Immersion||1 week||Service Immersion||1 week|
|J.D. Upper Level Coursework
Year 2 or Year 4
|J.D. Electives Courses||J.D. Electives Courses|
|*subject to revision|
Important Note: If the joint degree student is using law (900-level) credits toward the graduate degree during their last semester of enrollment, they should be prepared to extend their graduate degree graduation to a subsequent semester (the following semester at a minimum). This is due to the graduate degree approval deadline falling before the law (900-level) course grading processes are complete.
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. A program of study will be developed for each student, taking into account the fact that some courses at both locations are offered on a rotating or intermittent basis. Many courses are offered every year but some are offered every two or three years. Note: Joint-degree students are eligible for membership on a scholarly journal and may participate in the writing competition. However, JD/MBA joint degree students must defer law journal membership while enrolled in full time MBA coursework, which normally occurs in the year following the J.D. first-year.
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.