Yale Moves to Make Its Three-Year JD/MBA Program Official

For the past two years Yale University has offered a three-year joint JD/MBA degree, offered between Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management. Now, after a nearly year-long review, the Yale Law School faculty has voted to make the joint degree a permanent offering. While the SOM faculty has yet to vote, it is expected that it will also vote in favor of making the program permanent.

Yale’s JD/MBA program is only six semesters long, with no summer component, making it one of the shortest such programs in the country. Students spend two academic years in the Law School and one year in the School of Management. While Yale’s accelerated JD/MBA is not the first such program in the nation — Northwestern, Duke, and Penn also offer similar programs — the fact that Yale Law School has finally embraced this model is big deal, and it could mean that more top universities will soon follow.

Note that for a while now Yale has offered a more traditional JD/MBA that spans four years. Nine students are currently enrolled in the three-year program, and many of them have stated that the accelerated program’s lack of a summer term attracted them to the program. While Yale hasn’t yet created purpose-built courses that merge the two disciplines (as Columbia has done), it may start to do so in the future.

For more information about Yale’s three-year JD/MBA program, visit the Yale website.

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