Overview

The JD/MBA joint degree is a powerful combination that helps you navigate between two increasingly interdependent fields.

In today’s global economy, businesses need leaders who can do more than manage their finances and strategy. They need people who can offer legal and ethical guidance.

With the JD/MBA degree, you’ll graduate prepared for a career at law firms, corporate counsel offices, investment and accounting firms, nonprofit agencies, and government institutions.

You can earn the degree in as few as four years of full-time study or five years of part-time study. The JD portion must be completed at our Boston campus. The MBA portion can be completed in Boston or at our North Campus location.

Curriculum

MBA Required Introductory Course (1 Credit)

  • MBA-600 Effective Career Planning

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    A hands-on behavioral simulation run in teams, this course highlights the interpersonal dynamics that occur between people as they address strategic and operating issues; issues that often involve departmental interdependencies, power relationships, and judgment. MBA 600 emphasizes experiential learning through doing. Working in teams, students assume different roles in the organization. Each role contains extensive information on past business decisions and correspondence on current issues, problem symptoms, and decision situations.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Required

MBA Core Courses (24 Credits)

  • MBA-610 Organizational Behavior

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores human behavior and the overall functioning of organizational structures on three levels: the individual, the group, and the organization. Theoretical bases of behavior are used to provide understanding of people's attitudes, motives, and behaviors in group and organizational settings as they relate to leadership, motivation, power, perceptions, group dynamics, communication, diversity, organizational culture, and decision making.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-622 Operations & Data Analysis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers topics of operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while introducing statistics and quantitative analytic tools relevant to all functional areas. Applications include supply chain management, total quality management, forecasting, inventory planning and control, project planning and management, risk analysis, process design, and human resources issues in a global economy. Analytic tools for these applications include descriptive statistics and graphics, uncertainty assessment, inferences from samples, decision analysis and models, simulation, and regression analysis.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-630 Economic Analysis for Managers

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course develops the basic tools for microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis with emphasis on business decision-making and the impact of economic policy on organizational performance and competitiveness with respect to global business.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-640 Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies, namely the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Students learn skills in how to use accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company, facilitate decision-making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. Students with no prior background in accounting complete a programmed instruction in the mechanics of double entry accounting at the start of the course.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-650 Value Based Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 620, MBA 630, MBA 640

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-660 Marketing: the Challenge of Managing Value

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Marketing is changing - constantly driven by dramatic technology developments, globalization, and evolving consumption values, practices, and lifestyles. This course covers Marketing themes, theories, and trends that are critical for superior business performance in the 21st century. In this course, we will examine current marketing theory as it is being shaped by forward thinking academics and new developments in today's business practices. This course provides students with a strong foundation in marketing principles and practices required in upper level elective courses.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-670 Information Management for Competitive Advantage

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on exploiting information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) for a competitive advantage. It explores the impact of IS and IT on the internal and external environments of organizations. It examines decisions needed for effective deployment of IS and IT, such as IT infrastructures selection, valuation of IT business models, and analysis of the operational benefits and risks. The course also introduces students to the opportunities and challenges of managing technology activities to meet the needs of business executives, IT executives, users, and IT partners.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-680 Managing in the Ethical & Legal Environment

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores multidisciplinary analytical techniques and case analysis as strategic management tools to assist executives in successful navigation of an increasingly complex, evolving, and highly competitive business environment in which ethical, legal, economic, and regulatory forces are continuously reshaping the global marketplace both to create and limit competitive opportunities.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

Global Requirement Course (3 Credits)

  • MBA-780 Managing in Global Environment

    Prerequisites:

    All MBA core courses except MBA 670 and MBA 680 Students seeking special permission to take MBA 780 (concurrent with pre-req, above capacity, etc.) should contact the MBA Programs office at 617-573-8306

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of the global business environment and the cross-cultural factors that affect management practice in this environment. Topics covered include: economic environment, free trade and regional integration, foreign direct investment, exchange rate determination and relevant government policies; the decision to go international; the multinational firm and its business functions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Required

*Prerequisites: all MBA core courses except MBA-670 and MBA-680.

Required Capstone Course (3 Credits)

  • MBA-800 Strategic Management

    Prerequisites:

    All MBA core courses and MBA 780 Students seeking special permission to take MBA 800 (concurrent with pre-req, above capacity, etc.) should contact the MBA Programs office at 617-573-8306

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will develop a multi- functional general management perspective. Students will be required to integrate and apply knowledge and techniques learned in the core courses of the MBA program. Students will also learn about the principal concepts, frameworks, and techniques of strategic management, they will develop the capacity for strategic thinking, and they will examine the organizational and environ- mental contexts in which strategic management unfolds. Students will achieve these course objectives through a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, computer simulations, examinations, project reports, and experiential exercises.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Required

Electives (12 Credits)

Courses may be selected from among electives in the following areas: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance and managerial economics, health administration, information systems, international business, marketing, organizational behavior, public administration and nonprofit management, strategic management, and taxation. No more than two courses may be in any one functional area.

*One elective must in the international business area

Waiver Policy

In the JD/MBA, one core course may be waived, depending on educational background. Required MBA Courses (MBA 600, MBA 780 and MBA 800) cannot be waived.

To waive a core course the following is required:

Successful completion of equivalent coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the seven years prior to JD/MBA matriculation with a grade of “B” or better.

A core course waiver is established upon entry to the JD/MBA. Students’ waiver questions/concerns must be addressed during the student’s first semester in the JD/MBA. A student receives academic credit for the core course waived, thereby reducing the total number of credits needed on the MBA side for the JD/MBA degree from 43 to 40.

Within the JD/MBA, only one core course may be waived. In some cases, JD/MBA students may be permitted to substitute a Sawyer Business School upper level elective of equal credit for a core course, depending on their educational background. This will be determined and so noted on the Program of Study at the time of entry to the JD/MBA. Students may elect to take a proficiency exam to gain the one core course waiver and/or to gain a core course substitution designation. Proficiency exams must be completed in the first semester in the JD/MBA program. JD/MBA students must complete a minimum of 40 credits in the Sawyer Business School.

How to Apply

Students applying to this program must meet the admissions requirements for both the JD and the MBA programs.

New Students

Submit your JD/MBA application to the Law School only. If accepted to the JD/MBA, the LSAT is substituted for the GMAT or GRE score.

Visit http://www.law.suffolk.edu and www.suffolk.edu/gradadm for more information regarding the admission process.

Current Law Students

Apply to the MBA portion of the JD/MBA joint degree through the Graduate Admission Office, indicating you’re already in the Suffolk Law program

Current MBA Students

Apply to the Law School for the JD/MBA, indicating you’re already in the Suffolk MBA Program