Syracuse offers first-ever online JD/MBA degree program

Syracuse University College of Law is launching the nation’s first online joint JD/MBA degree program, in partnership with Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management. The new joint degree combines the College of Law’s ABA-accredited JDinteractive program with the Whitman School’s MBA@Syracuse program.  

“As we’ve learned from decades of success with our joint residential JD/MBA with the Whitman School, there is strong demand for a joint law and business education,” says College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise. “JDinteractive attracts many students whose careers, credentials, and ambitions are a natural fit for a dual law and business curriculum. It makes sense to partner with our colleagues at the Whitman School to make this curriculum available online.”

Students admitted to the joint program will earn their JD degree through the College of Law’s JDinteractive (JDi) program. JDi courses are conducted primarily online, with each course consisting of both self-paced class sessions and live class sessions taught by the college's faculty.

While the program is open to international students, there are residential requirements. JDi students participate in six such residencies, which provide them with an opportunity to develop key professional skills. JDi students take all courses required of students in Syracuse's residential JD program, select from elective courses, participate in student organizations, and receive hands-on experiential learning and skills-building training.

Online JD/MBA students earn their master's degree in business administration through the Whitman School’s MBA@Syracuse. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, MBA@Syracuse features the same curriculum content as the on-campus MBA program and blends multimedia coursework with live, online classes and hands-on residency experiences.

JDi students will be eligible to apply to the joint JD/MBA degree program starting in 2020. Before starting the online MBA portion of the joint degree, JDi students must be separately admitted to the Whitman School, have completed 34 credits of law school, and meet all defined academic requirements. 

“This is a real first for legal education,” explains Nina Kohn, David M. Levy Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Online Education at the College of Law. "Through the JDi program, we've been able to expand access to legal education to remarkably talented students for whom a residential JD education was out of reach, whether because of family obligations, military service, or the demands of their careers. Now we are poised to open the door of opportunity even wider—finally making a joint JD/MBA a real possibility for these students."

Those interested in earning their JD/MBA through the new program may email onlineJD@law.syr.edu or call 315.443.1262.