Curriculum and Requirements
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.
Katz School of Business
To graduate with a JD/Katz MBA degree students must acquire a total of 76 credits from the School of Law and 39 credits from Katz. This means that, after a year at the School of Law and a year at Katz, a student must normally acquire at least 43 additional credits from the School of Law and 3 credits from Katz to graduate with a JD/MBA.
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.
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).