Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA) | Degrees & Programs | School of Law | Pepperdine University

Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)

In establishing a JD/MBA program, Pepperdine University School of Law recognized the growing need for additional training for lawyers and businesspersons alike to be competitive in today's global marketplace. The JD/MBA program offered at the School of Law and the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management provides the unique opportunity for students to gain the knowledge required to address the increasingly complex legal problems that will arise as American business expands further into the world market.

Program Requirements and Curriculum

The JD/MBA program allows the student to compress a five-year program of study into four years. Studied separately, the School of Law Juris Doctor program is an 88-unit, six-term program and the School of Business and Management MBA program is a 60-unit, four-term program. Together as a joint program, they comprise 131 units of study. This is accomplished by offering 82 units of law study and 49 units of business courses.

In most cases, the first year of the JD/MBA program at Pepperdine is completed exclusively in the full-time law program. However, students may begin with the first year of study at the business school. Classes for the program begin in the fall semester of each year.

JD Curriculum

First-year law students follow a rigorous course of study that covers the following subjects: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Introduction to Ethical Lawyering, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts.

After the first year, students are required to complete 18-21 units of additional required courses (depending on the units offered for certain courses), including: Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Federal Income Taxation, Remedies, and Wills and Trusts.
Students also have the opportunity to select from a broad range of elective courses, clinics, externships, and student-edited journals.

MBA Curriculum

MBA Core Curriculum

Core Classes: 30-40 units

Electives: 8-18 units

Integration Seminar: 0 units

Total Units: 48 units required

MBA Core Classes

  • Business Writing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Economic Concepts
  • Managerial Economics
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Information Resources and Technology
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Personal Development for Leadership
  • Theories and Models of Organization
  • Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Technology and Operations Management
  • Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Strategic Management

Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine MBA Program

Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

MBA programs at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management are top-ranked by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and U.S. News & World Report. Classes are offered at multiple campus locations and fit the busy schedules of both full- and part-time students.