University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Dual Degrees - JD/MBA and JD/MSW

UNH Scool of Law offers two dual degrees through the University of New Hampshire in Durham: a JD/MBA and a JD/MSW. Below is a brief overview of the dual degrees academic programs and admission policies.


JD/MBA- Juris Doctor and Master’s of Business Administration*

JD/MSW - Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work


UNH Law and UNH's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

UNH Law and UNH's College of Health and Human Services


This degree:

  • Provides a deep understanding of how legal and business issues relate in a complex global economy.
  • Combines the Paul College's strength in training future entrepreneurs with UNH Law’s strength in intellectual property and innovation law
  • Allows you to earn a JD and a MBA in less time than if both degrees were pursued separately
  • MBA classes are held on the UNH campus in Durham, which offers all the opportunities of a major research university

This degree:

  • Enables you to make a difference in a career that address critical social justice issues such as immigration, gender bias and discrimination, and domestic violence
  • MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Length of study

The JD/MBA is generally designed to be completed in 3 ½ years (or seven semesters). For the MBA, the student spends five semesters at UNH Law and two semesters at UNH’s business school in Durham.

JD/MBA students spend roughly 11 months taking classes at Durham. UNH’s MBA program is an 11-month program that runs from July through June of a given year.

The program is designed for students to spend 11 successive months taking classes at Durham, following their first year of law school.

The JD/MSW degree time will depend on the student's MSW track.

All students complete a foundation-year course of study, then elect a second-year concentration either in direct/clinical practice or community/administrative practice. Both concentrations require classroom work and two year-long field internships.

A typical dual degree candidate may begin some credits in Durham, then complete his or her first year of law school, and then sequence the remaining JD and MSW courses to take advantage of courses that will prepare the candidate for his or her career. Students planning to enroll in the MSW’s advanced standing track must consult with Professor Sharon Murphy to understand the timing unique to the program.

When to apply

You can simultaneously apply to the MBA or MSW program when initially applying to UNH Law; or you can apply by the end of your second semester of law school.

How to apply

Please contact:

Rebecca Barbour, MBA
Admissions Counselor, Graduate Programs
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
University of New Hampshire
McConnell Hall room 116

Please contact:

Dr. Sharon Murphy, Assistant Professor at

For more information about MSW Admissions, contact Admissions Coordinator, Kim Kelsey at

Application process and requirements overview

Students must apply to the Law School and the UNH MBA program and be admitted to both.

An LSAT score is required in lieu of a GMAT. In the case where the LSAT is taken more than once by an applicant, the highest score will be considered.

Admission to the MBA program is conditioned on achieving of a B (3.0) average at end of the first JD year and a successful interview.

Students must apply to the Law School and the UNH MSW program and be admitted to both.

JD students applying to the MBA program do not need to take the GMAT. They can use their LSAT exam in place of the GMAT.

The MSW program does not require an entrance exam. The program may request your LSAT.


Please check here for detailed program information.

Transfer of credits between the programs

UNH Law requires 85 credits to obtain the JD degree; the law school will accept 12 credits for transfer from the MBA or MSW portion of the dual degree.

UNH Law will accept a maximum of 12 credits from the following MBA courses: Management Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Economics, Managerial Finance, Managerial Decision Making, International Business, and Strategic Management.

UNH will accept 9 JD credits for transfer into the MBA Program: from among a student’s JD courses Contracts, Torts, and Property = 9 credits.

The MSW credits which transfer to the law school depend on program track and electives selected. Students are encouraged to speak with Admissions and/or a faculty advisor to further discuss this issue.


Please contact UNH Law's Admissions Office for more information:

* Please consult the UNH Law Student Handbook (p. 114) for more details.