MBA & JD Joint Degree


In a heavily regulated world, business and law are impossible to separate. Students trained in both will enjoy a significant market advantage. Law students with business smarts will be able to help clients more effectively, start their own firms and even move into the business world. Business students working in regulated industries, starting new ventures and engaging in transactions will know better when—and how—to lean on lawyers. This joint degree program gives students the opportunity to operate in both worlds.

Thanks to its unique cohort-style approach, you will remain with the same colleagues and classmates for the entire program, allowing for better collaboration and increased networking opportunities.

The MBA Cohort program admits new students each fall semester, and classes are scheduled twice a week, on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Program highlights:

  • Accelerated 5-week class sessions
  • Receive up to 15 credit hours of coursework towards the MBA 
  • Evening and weekend classes for schedule flexibility
  • Cohort, team-based approach
  • Completed in 12 months
  • Affordable tuition
  • AACSB Accredited
  • Convenient downtown Fort Worth location



UTA’s partnership with Texas A&M Law School allows joint degree students to receive up to 15 credit hours from the Texas A&M School of Law as electives in the Master of Business Administration degree.

Texas A&M School of Law students may transfer up to 12 hours of designated UTA courses as electives in their J.D. program. The joint degree program requires students to be admitted by both UTA College of Business and Texas A&M Law School, and students will then maintain concurrent enrollment.

* shared courses TBD

Download the MBA/JD Degree Plan

Download the Cohort MBA Class Schedule

MBA/JD Curriculum

Admissions Requirements

Unconditional Admission

  • 3.0 GPA (last 60 hours of undergraduate degree) AND
  • GMAT score of 500+ (Verbal & Quantitative scores in 30th percentile or better)

Unconditional Admission (GMAT/GRE Waiver)

  • 3.5 GPA (cumulative and last 60 hours of undergraduate degree) from an AACSB accredited school within the last 7 academic years OR
  • Earned graduate degree or graduate certificate (min. 9 hours) from a regionally and/or professionally accredited school with a minimum 3.0 GPA for all coursework

Probationary Admission

  • 3.0 GPA (last 60 hour of undergraduate degree)
  • Successful completion of up to 3 business background course modules

Students without a GPA of 3.0 or better in their last 60 undergraduate hours may be admitted on a probationary basis by taking a GMAT or GRE exam and meeting minimum score requirements.

A graduate grade point average is used when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours. It is not necessary to have completed prior academic work in business administration.

Please contact for information updated MBA admission standards

Application Procedures

In order to begin the admissions process, the following items are required:

  • Submit online application at
    • Please note “Cohort MBA” as the program of study on the application
  • Submit application fee ($75 – U.S. citizens and permanent residents with no foreign transcripts/$90 – applicants with foreign coursework)
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university you attended to the Office of Admissions. Currently enrolled or former UTA students do not need to request their UTA transcript. If you have foreign coursework, you must submit official foreign transcripts, or mark sheets and diplomas, that bears the original university seal and original signature of the Registrar. View our Official Transcript Guidelines for more information. (View transcript guidelines)
  • Submit official GMAT scores – official test score reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. UTA’s ETS institutional code is 6013. For more information regarding the exam, visit GMAC website. Official TOEFL scores, if required, issued by Educational Testing Services (ETS)
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation – addressing the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program from persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s abilities. Email directly to MBA Advisor, Dr. Emmanuel Garcia at 
    • You may utilize the Recommendation Form or official company letterhead with signature for recommendation letters
  • Personal statement – the reasons why you want to pursue an MBA (approximately 200 words). Email directly to 

You may contact the Graduate Business Services Office to check the status of your application. USA students should allow 4 weeks between submission and status check. International/Permanent Resident students should allow 6 weeks between submission and status check.

Upon receipt of all application materials, applicants may be contacted by the MBA Advisor for a personal interview.

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