Joint Degrees

JD/MBA

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. Students may earn a juris doctor (JD) and a master of business administration (MBA). Concurrent independent admission to both programs is required for the joint degree.

Cross-Counting of Courses

The law school and the Marriott School accept credit from each other toward the joint degrees.

The JD program accepts:

  • 12 credit hours from the MBA program

The MBA program accepts:

  • 12 credit hours from the JD program

Admissions

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

Students should apply to both programs simultaneously if they want confirmation of admission to both programs. 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.

Scholarships

Students must qualify for scholarships in each program separately. The programs will coordinate scholarships to avoid duplication. Joint degree students who receive a scholarship are eligible for scholarship assistance from the JD program for a maximum of three years, and from the MBA program for a maximum of four semesters (JD/MBA students cannot receive scholarships from both programs in the same semester).

Graduation

Although students may participate in a college convocation before completing the requirements for both degrees, the official awarding of each degree will not occur until the graduation requirements for both degrees are satisfied. If either of the two programs is not completed, students must satisfy the regular graduation requirements of the other program to receive that degree.

MBA/MS

The Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology and the Marriott School of Management 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 (MS) degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) or a MS degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET).  Concurrent independent admission to both programs is required for each joint degree. For additional information on seeking a joint degree in ME program, please visit http://me.byu.edu/content/joint-msmba-program. More details on the MET joint degree program can be found in the graduate catalog located at http://saas.byu.edu/classSchedule/ under “Technology, School of.”

The MS/MBA 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.

The MBA and MS degrees are approved and conferred separately by the two respective programs. Because coursework for the two degrees overlaps and similarities between the two programs are emphasized, completion of the joint degree program offers significant advantages to completing each program separately.

Cross Counting of Credit

The Fulton College and the Marriott School accept credit from each other toward the joint degrees. The ME and MET programs accept three credit hours from the MBA program – specifically, MBA 670 (Innovation and Entrepreneurship). The MBA program accepts nine graduate credit hours from the MS Engineering program.  Students can select any non-thesis courses to count towards their MBA degree.

Thesis

The MBA program 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 coursework in the MBA program.

Admissions

Candidates must satisfy the admissions requirements for and be admitted to each program separately. They must submit applications to both programs by the respective deadlines. All applicants must take the GMAT (admissions test for the MBA program).  In addition, applicants for the ME joint program must take the GRE (the MET program uses the GMAT for their joint degree applicants).  Students should apply to both programs simultaneously if they want confirmation of admission to both programs. 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 MS/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, MS/MBA 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.  

Scholarships

Students must qualify for scholarships in each program separately. The programs will coordinate scholarships to avoid duplication. Joint degree students are eligible for scholarship assistance from the ME/MET program during the first year, and from the MBA program during the second and third years in the MBA Program.

Graduation

The official awarding of each degree will not occur until the graduation requirements for BOTH degrees are satisfied. If at any point in the program the joint MS/MBA student determines to complete only one degree, the other degree must be formally dropped from the student’s graduation plan.

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 our talented students from the MS/MBA 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 & Wal-Mart.

For the past few years we have seen base salary figures increase for all MBA students, including our joint degree students.* The typical MS/MBA student has little post-undergraduate business experience coming into the program and this can influence base salaries. As all students are evaluated for employment based on their individual merits, successfully employed MS/MBA students are able to demonstrate and articulate their professional value based on strong analytical, academic and leadership skillsets.