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JD/MBA Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I apply to the dual degree program but fail to gain acceptance to either the JD or MBA program?

Participation in the dual degree program requires acceptance to both degree programs. Students who are accepted to only one of the two programs will not be eligible to participate in the dual degree JD/MBA program.

I do not have two years of professional working experience; I am applying to the JD/MBA Dual Degree Program straight out of undergrad. Can I still apply? 

The Professional MBA (PMBA) requirement of a minimum of two years of significant work experience is waived for JD/MBA Dual Degree Applicants. 

How many students are accepted to this program each year?

Admission is competitive with acceptance typically limited to five students each year.

What is the deadline for application to the dual degree program?

The deadline each year is March 1, but due to the competitive nature of the program, early applications are strongly recommended.

If I have questions about the curriculum, who can I contact?

The dual degree program is jointly coordinated by the Associate Dean for Student Services of the College of Law, Andy Matthews, and the Associate Dean of the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Dr. Jennifer Fowler.

What is the tuition cost for the dual degree program?

While tuition costs can vary from year to year, the general model for dual-degree JD/MBA students is that candidates pay JD tuition rates for coursework taken in the fall and spring terms and then pay MBA tuition rates for credits taken during the summer terms.  This results in a net discount of more than15% of what tuition would have been for students who had pursued each degree separately. 

What happens if I have to drop out of either program?

Assuming a student is eligible for continued enrollment at Belmont University, that individual would be able to complete one degree program without the other.  No reimbursement of tuition or fees already paid would be given for any coursework taken to the partial degree.

What happens if it takes me longer than three years to complete one or both of the programs?

Due to accreditation requirements regarding dual degree students, the program coordinators would work with the University Registrar’s office on the timing and completion of the student’s JD and/or MBA degrees.  Additional tuition and fees would accrue for students taking longer than scheduled to complete the two degrees.  Since JD graduates must take the bar examination to become licensed attorneys, dual degree students are discouraged from intentionally delaying graduation so they may take the bar examination at the earliest opportune time.