Dual Degree Programs

The College of Law collaborates with the College of Business and Economics to offer a JD/MBA and with the Department of Public Administration to offer a JD/MPA. These programs enable students to combine valuable, top-level skills and to complete two degrees in less time than if each were pursued separately.

Dual Degree Program

JD/M BA

The College of Law and the College of Business and Economics offer a joint program that allows you to earn two graduate degrees: Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA). This program provides a multifaceted education that combines knowledge and skills from two dynamic professions: law and business.

One of the reasons I came to WVU is because they offer a joint program that allows you to graduate on time whereas other schools require an extra year. I want to do corporate law and I feel having the dual degree will lend a lot of credibility in the eyes of clients, deepen my understanding of their perspective, and familiarize me with the language of business.  - Imad Matini, Class of 2014

Combined Study. Importantly, you can complete the JD and MBA degree programs in three years, which is less time than if each were pursued separately.

You’ll begin the JD/MBA degree program after completing your first year of law school. In your second year, you’ll start taking Executive MBA classes. You may choose the JD/EMBA degree option before you begin law school or you may decide up to the beginning of your second year of law school.

Vital Curriculum. The MBA curriculum integrates the study of the law with the latest knowledge and practices in today’s business sector through courses such as:

  • Integrated Global Business
  • Managerial and Team Skills
  • Business Research
  • Macroeconomics


Career Choices. The dual JD/MBA degree is an excellent option if you hope to pursue a career in banking, management, or government. Or, a joint degree will equip you to go into consulting or corporate positions in legal, tax, or accounting departments.

How to Apply. To enter the dual degree program, you must apply separately to both colleges. Each applicant is responsible for completing all standardized tests required for admission and for completing all requirements for graduation for each degree.

For More Information. Contact Professor Jena Martin at the College of Law or Katherine Kopp at the College of Business and Economics.


JD/MPA 

The College of Law and the Department of Public Administration offer a joint program that allows you to earn two graduate degrees: Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). Through this program, you integrate knowledge and skills from two dynamic professions: law and public administration.

Combined Study. Importantly, you can complete the JD and MPA with 18 fewer credit hours than if each degree were pursued separately. The program calls for the completion of 33 hours in the Public Administration program and 85 hours in the College of Law. Students receive elective MPA credit for 12 hours taken in law school and 6 hours of elective law school credit for MPA courses. This enables you to reach the required level of 45 hours for the MPA degree and 91 hours for the JD degree.

We advise JD/MPA students to take foundational MPA courses during the spring or summer semester before starting law school. You’ll then complete your first year of law school and can combine MPA and law coursework in succeeding years. You also may choose to complete some MPA coursework and your internship during the summers. Students work with advisors in both programs to develop specific schedules.

Valuable Curriculum. The MPA curriculum integrates your study of law with the principles and practices in public administration through courses such as:

  • Public Management Theory and Practice
  • Public Financial Management
  • Information Management in Public Administration
  • Legal and Political Foundations


Career Options. The JD/MPA can prepare you for a range of career opportunities and positions, including: legal counsel for government agencies, court administrators, city attorneys, and administrators in government and not-for-profit agencies that lack internal legal assistance (e.g., small cities and towns, school boards, research and health centers). In addition, attorneys in private practice who obtain an MPA degree will be better equipped to represent their clients in litigation against government, in licensing matters, and in responding to regulatory requirements.

How to Apply. If you wish to enter the dual degree program, you must apply separately to the College of Law and to the Department of Public Administration. You will submit two applications and two application fees, as well as complete all standardized tests required for admission.

For More Information. Contact Professor James Van Nostrand in the College of Law or Dr. Maja Holmes in the Department of Public Administration at (304) 293-2614.

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