J.D./MBA Dual Degree Program - California Western
J.D./MBA Dual Degree Program


California Western Law School and San Diego State University College of Business Administration cooperate in the granting of dual JD and MBA degrees. The JD/MBA program is designed for students interested in working in the fields of law and business. Students can earn both a JD and MBA degree in four years of study, rather than five years.

Equipped with the dual degrees, graduates are prepared for careers in areas such as business transactions, finance, securities, real estate, labor, intellectual property, investment, banking and business planning.

After beginning matriculation at California Western School of Law, students apply for admission to the MBA Program at San Diego State.

Admission to the MBA Program is based on:

  1. Undergraduate GPA
  2. Law school grades
  3. GMAT or GRE score
  4. Relevant work and life experience.

Students spend the first two or three trimesters in the JD Program at California Western, then join either a fall or spring entering class at San Diego State, where they spend the next two semesters as part of the MBA first year class. After that, students take classes at both institutions for the remainder of the Program.


Each institution grants credit for 12 units taken at the other institution. For instance, if you earn 77 units at California Western and 33 credits at San Diego State, you will have earned enough credits to graduate from both programs.


Course information about the MBA program is available online at San Diego State's College of Business Administration.


California Western Professor Scott Ehrlich oversees the dual degree program.