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Law-Business Administration (JD/MBA)

In as little as three years you can earn a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Creighton University. The dual-degree program puts you into the workforce sooner and sets you apart from others in the competitive market.

Start making a difference in the lives of those you serve. With small classes, externships and a focus on humanist values, a Creighton law education will set you up for a satisfying career where you are prepared to tackle the legal and business world and do it well while doing good.

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Program Details

The joint JD/MBA program is designed for motivated students ready to tackle the complex legal and business issues.
The combination of an MBA and law degree also makes you more valuable to organizations and more competitive as an applicant.

You can focus their studies on a specific area of concentration including:

  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Health Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Litigation

Creighton’s MBA/law degree program will teach you:

  • Leadership and management skills
  • The ability to analyze and solve legal problems
  • Client counseling
  • Critical and creative problem solving, sometimes contrary to conventional wisdom
  • Sound practical judgment
  • The tools, techniques and skills necessary to practice law successfully and ethically
  • Insight into how the law operates in the real world
  • Ignatian values, including personal and professional formation and seeking justice for all


MBA Requirements

  • 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 the functional business areas, plus 6 credits of JD coursework

JD Requirements

  • All required 1L courses
  • All required upper-level courses
  • Electives (12 hours may come from MBA coursework)
  • A total of 90 credit hours, including up to 12 hours from MBA coursework
  • Please see also Academic Rule 6.8 (a), (b) and (d)


  • 12 hours from your MBA coursework may count as JD electives
  • 6 hours of JD coursework can be applied toward your MBA

Admissions Requirements

To enter the dual-degree program, you must apply to the JD and master’s programs separately.

Typically, students apply to the Heider College of Business 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.

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year, and the early admissions deadline is Nov. 30. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines and application information, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

To help make your studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.

You’ll learn from expert faculty, including:

  • Business 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: Assistant Professor Leigh Ellis, JD, former public defender for Douglas County Nebraska.
  • International and 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.

Business Law Society

  • The Business Law Society (BLS) provides a forum for law students interested in all aspects of business law. BLS sponsors panel discussions led by business attorneys who practice in the Omaha area.

    BLS also has 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.

Creighton law students have the opportunity to participate in the Creighton Law Review and the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal (CICLJ).

Your education will bridge law and business theory with powerful, practical experience outside of the classroom. Our extensive list of externships includes such opportunities as the Colorado Public Defender’s Office, the Marshall Center for Strategic Studies in Germany and the Near East South Asia Center at the University of National Defense in Washington, D.C.

Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928. For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit

View the list of academic programs that hold specialized accreditation.

Still have questions?

Reach out to School of Law admissions.


Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10% by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available, competition for positions is strong.

Getting a JD/MBA not only opens the doors for you to become a lawyer, but also gives you a competitive edge to many different opportunities in business. From negotiations and regulations to running a business, using your “JD-advantage” allows you to pursue any career path you’d like, and an MBA gives you the skillset to find even more success.

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