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Darla Moore School of Business


As business and law become increasingly interconnected, the Darla Moore School of Business and the School of Law at the University of South Carolina offer a cross-disciplinary opportunity to pursue a joint JD/IMBA, which saves time by having students enroll in both programs concurrently.

JD/MBA students complete their first two years of law school before starting MBA coursework in year three. Then, in year four, classes are taken concurrently, allowing students to complete the JD/IMBA in four years (five years for Japanese, Arabic and Chinese language tracks).

With two great networks to connect with for career opportunities and the ability to differentiate yourself in a competitive job market, the JD/International MBA is a logical choice for those wanting to start a career in international law and business.


JD/MBA Joint Degree Timeline*

  • Year 1: Law School (August-May) and summer clerkship(s) (May-August).
  • Year 2: Law School (August-May) and summer clerkship or internship (May-late June) Students must be ready to start the International MBA cohort by late June.
  • Year 3: Start MBA core at the Moore School (July-December). For International MBA students: In-country language immersion (January-April). International internship (late April-August).
  • Year 4: Take classes at the Moore School and the law school (August-May).  

*Typical timeline for two-year International MBA language tracks


Admissions Overview for JD/MBA

Applicants should first be admitted into the JD program at the law school before applying to the International MBA program. It is recommended that individuals apply to the International MBA by the early fall of their second year of law school. Separate applications are required for each program.

A competitive GMAT or GRE score is required for admissions consideration into MBA programs.

Applicants to the joint degree program with strong undergraduate and law school GPAs, competitive GMAT or GRE scores, and clerkship/internship experience can be considered for admission into the International MBA in lieu of the two-years of post-bachelors work experience requirement.