Learn at the intersection of law and business 

The MBA/JD joint degree programs from Tippie College of Business and the University of Iowa College of Law will help you develop the leadership, advising, and strategic skills you need to best serve your clients. Students pursuing this joint degree option will add an additional year to the JD degree, and take a specific sequence of courses to earn their MBA. The program prepares students for success in business, law, or both and helps develop an understanding of the relationship between the legal system and industry. With the MBA/JD, you'll be better prepared to address clients' goals and strategies, from tax to corporate law, estate planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Joint MBA/JD programs are increasingly popular amongst high-achieving law students. If you're interested in complementing your law education with business skills, contact us for more information about the joint degree program and how to apply.

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MBA/JD overview

4 years

Typically, students begin the MBA program after completing the first year of legal education. The second year is spent with Tippie College of Business, primarily through classes taken in Cedar Rapids or in Italy with the CIMBA program, completing most of the core curriculum and two electives of their choosing. The student then returns to the JD curriculum while completing the MBA capstone course (MBA:8310) if it has not already been completed.

Admission requirements
The Iowa MBA Program requires 18-months of post-baccalaureate work for admission. The GMAT and GRE are not currently required for admission. You can apply immediately after being accepted into the JD program, or wait to apply during your first year of law school.

Tuition for an Iowa MBA course is currently $2100 (3 sh). Students will pay law school tuition rates during any semester in which they are taking law credits and an additional $2100 per course in the semester they take any MBA course. 

If an on-campus course is taken through the Master of Finance program or Master of Business Analytics program and no law courses are being taken that semester, please consult with your advisor on tuition implications, which vary based on how many courses are taken on campus and your residence status. 

Credit hours required
33 semester hours of MBA coursework (9 core courses and 2 electives) plus JD requirements. Each degree program accepts, or cross-counts, courses from the other, which cuts the credits you need to earn both degrees by 24 semester hours. The law school requires that any courses taken online be pre-approved by a faculty committee if counted toward JD requirements.

Differences with CIMBA Italy

The CIMBA MBA Program does not require post-baccalaureate work experience as a condition of admission.

The CIMBA Italy MBA Program will consider the LSAT as a replacement for the GMAT/GRE for current University of Iowa JD students under the following conditions:

  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA;
  • Student is in good standing in the College of Law; and
  • Additional interview with CIMBA Executive Director.

Tuition for the entire CIMBA MBA is $19,550. This includes tuition, CISI Insurance, and the Italian Residency Permit. (Tuition may vary slightly year to year, so please confirm the cost with the CIMBA office.) Students will pay College of Law tuition rates during any semester in which they are taking law credits.

The CIMBA MBA Program is located in Paderno del Grappa—the heart of Italy’s Veneto Region. Revered for its natural beauty and picturesque old-town centers, the region is home to a powerful business community that boasts more than 450,000 companies. The region, with its major cities of Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Verona and Treviso, is home to prominent Italian-borne corporations that have become major exporters, including Benetton, Diesel, The North Face, Tecnica, and more. Our location and long-standing networks give students the opportunity to visit these international businesses through company tours. The final capstone course will still be taken in Cedar Rapids (or Iowa City summer session after the year in Italy). 

Sample plan of study for the MBA

Fall: 15 s.h.

  • MBA:8150 Business Analytics (Cedar Rapids or on campus)
  • MBA:8140 Corporate Financial Reporting (Cedar Rapids or on campus)
  • MBA:8300 Foundations in Strategy (Cedar Rapids or online)
  • MBA:8160 Managerial Economics (Cedar Rapids or online)
  • MBA: 8110 Marketing Management or Elective (Cedar Rapids, on campus or online)

Spring: 15 s.h.

  • MBA:8110 Marketing Management or Elective (Cedar Rapids or online)
  • MBA:8120 Management in Organizations (Cedar Rapids or online)
  • MBA:8240 Operations and Supply Chain (Cedar Rapids or online)
  • MBA:8180 Managerial Finance (Cedar Rapids or online)
  • Elective: See all electives

Following Summer, Fall, or Spring: 3 s.h.

  • MBA:8130 Business Integration