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JD/MBA Business: The Wharton School

Why Penn for the JD/MBA?

  • Penn Law’s interdisciplinary scholarship is particularly strong in business.
  • Wharton is the world’s leader in business, especially in finance, accounting, real estate and healthcare.
  • Nine Law School faculty hold economics PhDs and two have MBAs.
  • Wharton is the world’s largest business school with more than 200 standing faculty in 11 departments, including marketing, management, statistics and operations.

How the four-year JD/MBA works:

  • Students apply separately to each school.
  • Only current students can apply to the four-year JD/MBA program. Both schools require the appropriate standardized testing with application.

Here are possible tracks for completing the program in four years.


  First year Second year Third year Fourth year
Option 1 – apply to MBA while in Law program* 1L 2L MBA 3L & MBA courses
Option 2 – apply to MBA while in Law program* 1L MBA 2L & MBA courses 3L & MBA courses
Option 3 – apply to Law while in MBA program* MBA 1L 2L & MBA courses 3L & MBA courses


*Please note that courses taken in one department prior to matriculation in the other cannot be counted toward the second degree.
* Students must apply to Wharton from Law the academic year immediately preceding matriculation at Wharton.

Three-year JD/MBA program

Penn’s three-year JD/MBA is the country’s first fully integrated three-year program offered on one campus by elite law and business schools. The first three-year JD/MBA class was enrolled in September 2009.

For more details, please visit the JD/MBA web site.

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