Boston University to Launch an Accelerated JD/MBA Program

New program shortens completion time to three years

Beginning this fall, Boston University's Questrom School of Business and the School of Law will launch a new, accelerated JD/MBA program.

The new dual-degree program can be completed in three years, which is the time that it normally takes to complete a JD, and two years fewer than if both degrees were completed separately.

In the three-year JD/MBA, students will take a mix of law and business classes throughout the entirety of the program, including a full load of courses during the summer of the first year. In the summer of the second year, students will be free to take on internships in law firms or other settings.

Although JD/MBA programs are traditionally four years long, a few other business schools offer accelerated versions. Other business schools offering three-year JD/MBA programs include Yale School of Management, Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

In addition to the new accelerated program, Boston University will also continue to offer two longer, specialized JD/MBA programs. The school's JD/MBA in Law & Management can be completed in four years, while the JD/MBA in Law & Health Sector Management, which covers topics in the regulation and financing of healthcare firms, can be completed in 4.5 years. 

To apply for BU's new accelerated JD/MBA, applicants should apply to separately, and be accepted at, both the Questrom School of Business and the School of Law. According to the program webpage, although "work experience is not a requirement of admissions, many candidates do have some post-graduate work experience. As such, candidates with little or no work experience should be stronger in other admissions criteria, such as GPA and GMAT."

The LSAT is also required to apply to the JD program.

In related news, Boston University's School of Management has recently been renamed the Questrom School of Business, after a $50 million donation from Allen and Kelli Questrom.

For more information, please see the BU news release announcing the launch of the accelerated JD/MBA program or see the Boston University's full profile on FIND MBA.

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