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JD/MBA Dual Degree

At a Glance

A JD/MBA dual degree positions you for long-term success in two of the most established, growing industries. Employers will know you can analyze problems through a legal lens while thinking strategically from a business point of view. Your combined expertise will be a major asset in legal practice, investment banking, venture capital, consulting, and more. By combining both degrees, you can also shorten the time it takes to realize your ambitions—it only takes four years to complete the program.

31 Credits
In MBA Courses

Course work includes managerial economics, financial accounting, organizational behavior, marketing management, financial management, and management information systems.

4 Years
For Two Degrees

Because some courses can be counted toward both degrees, you can finish the two degrees in less time than it would take to earn them individually.

Dual Expertise
In Business and Trade Law

The Washington College of Law offers more than 50 business-related law courses and a number of student activities focusing on business and trade law.

Why get a JD/MBA at Kogod?

Prime Location

Our location in Washington, DC, means you'll have access to some of the top legal firms and financial institutions in the world, with ample externship and employment opportunities available in both fields. DC has the highest legal demand of any metropolitan region in the US, according to the American Bar Association. DC also has nine times as many lawyers per capita than New York City, providing you with countless opportunities to network and grow.

Hands-On Learning

Our curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical competencies. We offer a wide range of experiential opportunities that allow you to apply your newfound skills in real scenarios. The Washington College of Law at American University boasts in-house clinics, an advocacy program, and externships. The Kogod School of Business also encourages you to gain experience through the Global Project Experience and other initiatives.

Expertise in Business Law

As the first accredited business school in DC and a leader in business law education, our dual degree is renowned for its extensive curriculum in this area. We offer 150 different courses in business law and related fields. You can gain even further training through our Trade, Investment, and Development Program.

What You'll Learn

JD/MBA students are enrolled concurrently in both the Kogod School of Business and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Kogod School of Business Coursework

The business core requirements comprise 24 credit hours and give you a solid foundation in accounting, management, statistics, marketing, and other related topics. You will also take two introductory and professional skills workshops worth .5 credit hours each to help you develop your leadership abilities.

Two of the most pivotal components of the curriculum are the Global Project Experience and the Capstone Project, which are each 3 credits. Both projects place you in real-world situations where you can apply your hard-earned skills.

JD/MBA Degree Requirements

Washington College of Law Coursework

JD/MBA students are enrolled concurrently in both the Kogod School of Business and the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC.

WCL Admission Requirements

Program Highlights
Washington College of Law Library

Student Activities

Participate in a number of student activities focused on business and trade law, including the Graduate Business Association, Black MBA Association, Consulting Club, Kogod Women in Business, The American University Business Law Review (AUBLR), Business Law Society, International Trade and Investment Law Society, and Transactional Law Society.

Kogod students abroad

Global Learning

As part of your MBA, you can work on an international consulting project with other students which culminates in a two-week site visit. Past teams have traveled to China, Colombia, India, Israel, Poland, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. You can also choose a semester or summer abroad program.

Washington Monument

Internships in the Nation's Capital

DC means access to exceptional summer internship opportunities in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Past internships include the Democratic National Committee, FINRA, Indo American Center, Mpower Financing, OP Works, Phone 2 Action, Sirius XM, and more.

MBA Leadership Luncheon

Business Leadership Luncheons

We offer weekly private talks with industry leaders and local business executives. Past speakers include senior executives from Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Marriott International, Merck, PayPal, and United Way Worldwide.

Students in Kogod Case Competition

Case Competitions

Participate in local, regional, and national case competitions under the guidance of Kogod faculty. Showcase your analytical, financial, and strategic skills and expand your professional network.

Professor Octavian Ionici

Dedicated Faculty

Our faculty are renowned experts in their field and key players in both the legal industry and the business world. As mentors, they are invested in the professional and academic success of our students.

MBA Class Profile
Average Work Years
International Students
US Minorities*
Average Age
Average GPA

*Black = Black or African American; Hispanic = Hispanic/American or Latino; AIAN = American Indian or Alaska Native; NHPI = Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

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