Joint Degrees

MBA/JD

The J. Reuben Clark Law School and the Marriott School have approved arrangements whereby qualified students may earn joint degrees from the two schools in four years of full-time graduate study. 

Admissions

Candidates must satisfy the admissions requirements for and be admitted to each program separately, including submitting applications to both programs by their respective deadlines. They must also take both the LSAT (admissions test for the JD) and the GMAT or GRE (admissions test for the MBA).

Students should apply to both programs simultaneously. However, students admitted to only one program may apply for admission to the other program during their first year of study.

Time Sequence

Students take classes in one program during the first year of study, classes in the other program during the second year, and classes in both programs during the third and fourth years. Students may choose which program to begin first.  

Tuition

Because both a JD and an MBA are graduate-level programs, tuition for this joint degree follows the university’s graduate-level tuition guidelines.

MBA/MS

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology and the Marriott School have approved arrangements whereby qualified students may earn joint degrees from the two schools in three to four years of full-time graduate study. Students may earn an MBA degree and either a masters of science degree in mechanical engineering or an MS degree in manufacturing engineering technology. 

The MBA/MS joint program addresses important needs for engineers, designers, and managers who excel in world-class product development—a cross-functional process requiring both technical and managerial skills. The program provides students with the management skills of the MBA program and advanced training in engineering. Courses teach specific expertise in product and process development through projects, industrial interaction, and research in development and interdisciplinary methods.

Admissions

Candidates must satisfy the admissions requirements for and be admitted to each program separately, including submitting applications to both programs by their respective deadlines. All applicants must take the GMAT (admissions test for the MBA program and the MET program) or the GRE (if applying for the ME program). Students should apply to both programs simultaneously. However, students admitted to only the ME or MET program may also apply for admission to the MBA program during their first year of study.

Typically, MBA students admitted to the MBA program have on average four years post-undergraduate work experience.  However, most joint MBA students do not have work experience and are admitted to the MBA program on an exception basis. Lacking work experience, these students must be superior in both leadership and academic preparation. While each applicant is evaluated on his or her own merits, MBA/MS applicants are expected to be above average academically, which is defined to be a minimum GMAT score of 680.

Time Sequence

Students take courses and ideally complete their thesis in the ME or MET program during the first year of study. MBA courses are taken in the second year. The first year of study usually begins in the previous winter semester or spring term to facilitate thesis completion before entering the MBA program. Both MBA courses and at least one ME/MET course are taken in the third year. Students must begin the ME/MET program first and then join the MBA program in the second year.

Tuition

Students pay the standard graduate tuition in their first year while taking ME/MET courses. The final two years are charged at the higher MBA tuition.

Thesis

The BYU MBA is a non-thesis program. However, students are required to complete an ME/MET thesis as part of the joint degree program. It is strongly recommended that the thesis be completed and defended prior to beginning their BYU MBA coursework.

Career Management

The Marriott School Business Career Center has worked hard to build relationships with companies who are interested in our joint MS/MBA candidates. In the past few years, the Career Center has engaged with the following companies as they sought to recruit students from the MBA/MS degree: Adobe, AGCO, Alpine Engineering, American Express, ATK, AT&T, Bechtel, Boeing, BD Medical, Caterpillar, Cisco, Cummins, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Ford, Freightliner, Hitachi, Honeywell, Intel, IM Flash, Lockheed Martin, Sage Point, Savage Services, Solar Turbines, United Stationers, and Walmart.