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Combined M.B.A. and J.D.

This program combines in 4 years of study the 3-year Juris Doctor program offered by the School of Law and the 2-year M.B.A. program offered by the School of Business. It is for students who plan to engage in corporate law practice or enter business using law training as background. It offers training in the convergent fields of business management and law.

Admission

Students must meet the admission requirements of each school and should be admitted by both the School of Law and the School of Business before entering the second year. The Law School Admission Test and the Graduate Management Admission Test are required. A student who decides to enter the program after beginning the first year in the School of Law or in the M.B.A. program should discuss the plan with the associate dean or program director of each school as early as possible. No student may be admitted to the joint program after completing more than two full semesters in either the J.D. or the M.B.A. curriculum. Diplomas are awarded concurrently by each school at the conclusion of the joint degree program requirements.

The joint M.B.A./J.D. is open to those who have earned baccalaureate degrees from accredited colleges or universities and whose undergraduate academic records indicate that they have the capability to complete both programs. Although the M.B.A. curriculum assumes that the applicant has had no prior college work in business, graduates from schools or departments of business may enter the program. All students in the combined program must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours of graduate work in business.

The School of Business follows general regulations in requiring a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average for all course work counted toward any master’s degree. The School of Law requires a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 (C) in all law school work. Grades received in any law courses credited toward fulfillment of the M.B.A. degree requirements are incorporated into the M.B.A. grade-point average, which ultimately must be 3.0 for the awarding of the M.B.A. degree.

Combined Degree Requirements

A typical enrollment pattern for the candidate for the 2 degrees under the combined program would be

  Business Law Total
First year 0 32 32
Second year 34 0 34
Third year 6 24* 30
Fourth year 0 20 20
Total Credit Earned 40 76 116
Credit Allowed  
12 14 26
Total Credit Required 52 90 142
*Must include Professional Responsibility      
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Combined M.B.A. and M.A. in Area Studies

To respond to the need for business graduates who also have foreign language and geographic area expertise, the School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences developed a joint M.B.A./M.A. program. The School of Business offers a joint degree program with KU’s nationally recognized area studies programs in East Asian Languages and Cultures; Latin American Area Studies; and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The Centers for East Asian Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies are Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Centers. The program requires 64 hours of course work. After all degree requirements are met, a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree are awarded.

Prospective students must submit applications to the School of Business and follow application procedures for the business master’s programs. Students must meet the prerequisites of and be accepted by the School of Business and the area studies program. The School of Business is the administrative home of the joint degree program, but the school and the programs share advising duties and jointly certify completion of degree requirements.

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Dual M.B.A. and M.Arch. Degree Program

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Architecture dual degree program is designed particularly for students intending to pursue leadership opportunities in architecture, development, or construction. The M.B.A./M.Arch. program requires 4 years of study, 1 year less than it would take to earn each degree separately. Students completing the dual degree program earn an M.B.A. from the KU School of Business and an M.Arch. from the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Students complete 112 credit hours in the Master of Architecture program and 37 credit hours in the School of Business. Prospective dual degree students must already be students in the Master of Architecture program and must apply and be accepted by the School of Business. New students must complete the first year of the architecture curriculum before starting the M.B.A. curriculum and must declare their intention before completing the first year of the architecture curriculum.

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Combined M.B.A. and Pharm.D.

This dual degree program allows students to earn an M.B.A. from the School of Business and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the School of Pharmacy by extending their professional graduate study by 1 calendar year. Students gain competence and expertise in the complementary fields of business management and pharmacy. It is particularly appropriate for those intending to manage a retail or health-system pharmacy or assume a leadership role in the pharmaceutical industry or in managed health care.

Prospective students must submit applications to the School of Business and the School of Pharmacy. Students must meet the prerequisites of and be accepted by both schools.

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M.B.A./Master?s in Management from ESC Clermont Graduate School of Management

This dual degree program allows students to earn an M.B.A. from KU and a Master’s in Management from ESC Clermont Graduate School of Management in France. The program is intended for American students who wish to pursue careers with international companies in North America or Europe. Students complete all requirements for a KU M.B.A. and take one semester of classes taught by European faculty members in English at Clermont-Ferrand. The academic preparation is followed by a 4- to 6-month internship in a European country.

Prospective students should submit applications to the KU School of Business, which forwards successful applications to ESC Clermont Graduate School of Management. Students must meet the normal admission requirements of and be accepted by both schools.

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M.B.A. with a Concentration in Petroleum Management

The M.B.A. program with a concentration in petroleum management is offered full time on the Lawrence campus in addition to evening courses on the KU Edwards Campus. This is a specially designed course of study. It meets the requirements of active-duty U.S. Naval Supply Corps officers who usually are assigned to billets requiring this training upon completion of study at KU.

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