Law-Business Administration (JD/MBA)
With a JD and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Creighton University Heider College of Business, you can bridge your passion for law with your excitement for business. You’ll participate in a joint degree program that was ranked in the top 200 global programs in law and business by Eduniversal. The JD/MBA program allows you to complete both degrees in as little as three years.
Your Creighton degrees are built on a solid foundation of both law and business.
- You’ll learn in small classes, enhancing your ability to interact with professors and peers.
- You will have practical experiences outside of the classroom, through externships.
- You’ll graduate prepared to tackle legal and business issues, whether you work in a legal practice, business, government or in any number of other careers.
At Creighton University School of Law, you can focus your studies in an area of concentration:
- Business, Commercial and Tax Law
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Health Law
- International and Comparative Law
By choosing an area of concentration, you’ll set yourself apart in the competitive job market. At the end of your studies, you will complete a substantial project that might involve writing a paper, participating on a trial team, working in our legal clinics or participating on moot court.
You’ll learn from expert faculty, including:
- Business, Commercial and Tax Law: Professor Edward Morse —a scholar on taxation, trade, technology, and regulation, who, prior to joining the Creighton faculty, was a law clerk for Honorable Deanell R. Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and he was associated with the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan.
- Criminal Law and Procedure: Professor Raneta Lawson Mack —who is widely published on criminal law-related issues, including concealed weapons laws, bias in the criminal justice system, and comparative criminal procedure.
- International & Comparative Law: Professor Michael J. Kelly —who has authored and co-authored four books and more than 30 articles and book chapters in the areas of international and comparative law and Native American law.
- Litigation: Professor R. Collin Mangrum — graduate of Harvard University whose annual treatises on Nebraska Evidence law and Utah evidence law are widely cited and used.
- You will need to show proof that you’ve completed at least one statistics course in your undergraduate degree program or complete a non-credit statistics tutorial offered by the Heider College of Business
- 3 MBA core courses for a total of 9 credits
- Up to 15 credits of MBA functional core courses
- JD students must complete the balance of their 33 credits for the MBA degree from concentration courses available in all of the functional business areas, plus 6 credits of JD coursework
- 34 credits of first-year required courses
- 22 credits of upper-class required courses
- 38 credits of electives (12 hours may come from MBA coursework)
- If transferring in 12 MBA credits, only three other non-classroom credits may count toward JD (see Academic Rule)
- 5 semesters carrying at least 10 credits of JD coursework
- 1 semester carrying at least 10 credits of coursework in the MBA program or a combination of MBA and JD courses; however, full-time law school tuition is required for this semester
- 12 credits of MBA coursework can be applied to your JD
- 6 credits of JD coursework can be applied toward your MBA
- In one of your last four semesters, you may meet residency requirements by taking 10 or more MBA credits or any combination of MBA and JD courses, as long as you are registered for at least 10 credits
A maximum of 12 credits of MBA courses from the following list may be transferred into the JD program:
MBA 701 Accounting Applications for Managerial Decision Making
MBA 711 Managerial Finance
MBA 712 Advanced Managerial Finance
MBA 715 Investment Value and Theory
MBA 717 Accounting Seminar
MBA 719 Seminar in Finance
ITM 731 Information Systems Management
MBA 739 Tax Theory and Business Decisions
MBA 741 Economic Analysis for Managers
MBA 742 Seminar in Applied Managerial Economics
MBA 761 Marketing Management
MBA 765 Marketing Information for Executives
MBA 767 Marketing Dynamics Seminar
MBA 771 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
MBA 775 Business Policy and Managerial Action
MBA 776 Business, Ethics & Society
MBA 779 Seminar in Management
A maximum of 6 credits of law school courses from the following list are eligible for transfer into the MBA program:
LAW 307 Administrative Law
LAW 326 Business Planning
LAW 332 Corporate Finance
LAW 442 Taxation of Business Enterprises
LAW 339 Copyrights
LAW 346 Employment Discrimination
LAW 351 Estate and Gift Taxation (federal)
LAW 353 Estate Planning
LAW 371 Insurance
LAW 373 International Business Transactions
LAW 381 Labor Law
LAW 385 Mortgages
LAW 405 Municipal Corporations
LAW 407 Oil and Gas Law
LAW 411 Negotiable Instruments
LAW 413 Patent Law
LAW 436 Securities Regulation
LAW 437 Securities Practice Seminar
- Business Law Society
The Business Law Society’s mission is to provide a forum for law students interested in all aspects of business law. In order to inform law students about the study and future practice of business law, BLS sponsors panel discussions led by business attorneys who practice in the Omaha area. BLS has also recently established a mentoring program that partners law students with business attorneys to promote networking opportunities and career guidance. Membership in BLS is open to all Creighton law students.
Your education will bridge law and business theory with powerful, practical experience outside of the classroom, such as externships.
As a law student at Creighton University will have the opportunity to participate in the Creighton Law Review and the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal (CICLJ).
You must apply to the JD and master’s programs separately.
- Get more information on applying to the School of Law or start your application through the LSAC here.
- View the MBA program page for more information or start your application here.
Typically, students apply to the business school during their second semester of law school. You must meet with an associate dean of the law school and submit a Notice of Intent to participate.
Students entering the MBA program will need to show evidence that they have completed at least one statistics course in their undergraduate degree. Students without such a class may complete a non-credit statistics tutorial offered by the Heider College of Business for a fee. JD students must also take the GMAT exam. The LSAT exam cannot be substituted for the GMAT.
By pursuing a joint JD/MBA rather than pursuing each degree separately, you’ll experience significant tuition savings. To make your joint degree even more affordable, you may apply scholarships through the MBA program and the law school.
- You pay the regular full-time law school tuition for 6 semesters
- You pay the law school summer tuition rate for JD courses taken in the summer
- You pay the regular hourly rate for 27 MBA hours, including the MBA hours taken in the 6th semester