JD-MBA Program

Set Yourself Apart in Business & Law

Our JD-MBA Program gives you the tools to become successful, whether you aspire to be a business leader with legal expertise, or want to pursue a law career with a solid foundation in management. In only three years – rather than the five it would take to complete both degrees separately – you’ll earn a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Kellogg. Our program enables you to follow the career path of your choice and provides you with a skill set that truly differentiates you from others.

Our Proven Success

Established Program

Our JD-MBA Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is designed for the analytical and deal-making student. It equips you for success, whether you aspire to a leadership role in business with legal expertise, or whether you’re primarily interested in a career in law but seek a solid foundation in management.

Unparalleled Alumni

JD-MBA graduates are highly sought by law firms, corporations, government entities and nonprofit organizations. Our alumni serve in positions of leadership in settings as diverse as private practice, elected office, the executive suite, venture capital, private equity and consulting.
  • Divya Narendra ’12, former creator of Facebook, CEO Founder SumZero
  • Christopher Throne ’06, Global VP, Digital Marketing, Electronic Arts
  • Mark Siconolfi ’04, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Drew Panahi ’02, Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Ben Huang ’00, Head of Global Marketing, Mediaroom Division, Ericsson 
  • Courtney Armstrong ’97, SVP business affairs, Warner Bros. Pictures 
  • Michael J. Sacks ’88, CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management 
  • Terrence Scully ’78, President, Target Financial and Retail Services

Program Highlights

  • Accelerate your study
    In the short span of three years — rather than the five it would take to complete both degrees separately — students earn a JD from Northwestern Law and an MBA from Kellogg.
  • Integrate business leadership and legal expertise
    The program helps you develop the academic grounding, analytical skills and practical insights you’ll need to excel in business and law. Academically, professionally and socially, every aspect of the program has been thoughtfully integrated.
  • Challenge yourself in the classroom
    JD-MBA students participate in the same classes and coursework as their counterparts earning an MBA or a law degree. The classroom experience is enlivened by an emphasis on collaboration and is enriched by the diversity of students and faculty.
  • Learn from experience
    The program offers a rich array of experiential learning opportunities, enabling you to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world, on-the-ground experiences.

Matt Rosenstock '14

After years in the Foreign Service, Matt wanted to expand his career options. He also wanted to differentiate himself and pinpoint his professional track.

The JD-MBA Program through Kellogg and Northwestern Law was right on all counts: It opened up doors in law and business. It provided access to a world-class network. And it offered degrees from two top schools—all in three years flat.

Integrate Business Leadership & Legal Expertise

Our JD-MBA Program helps you develop the academic grounding, analytical skills and practical insights you'll need to excel in business and law. By its dual nature, the JD-MBA Program epitomizes our pioneering spirit and distinctive collaborative culture.


If you’ve earned a bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university, you’re eligible to apply.

Prior study in business or law-related fields is not required. Most students enter our program from a broad range of academic backgrounds.

Course Waivers

If you have previously completed relevant coursework, we encourage you to consider waiving specific courses so you can focus on electives.
Available courses to waive:

Accounting for Decision Making
Finance I
Marketing Management

Business Analytics I
Business Analytics II

Microeconomic Analysis

Operations Management

Regardless of waivers or course load, you are required to complete 16 credits from Kellogg and 85 credit hours from Northwestern Law.

Majors & Pathways

As a JD-MBA student, you’ll participate in the same classes and coursework as your counterparts seeking only the MBA or law degree. Our strong MBA core curriculum creates a well-balanced academic foundation.

You may opt to choose from seven majors during your MBA studies: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations, Strategy and Managing Organizations. A major requires that a student complete the core course for the major and a minimum of four electives. If you choose not to elect a major, “General Management” will be noted on your transcript.

We believe that this approach gives our students the flexibility and guidance they need to carve out a unique intellectual experience that is relevant to their specific educational and career goals.

In addition to majors, Kellogg provides “pathways” to our students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries.

A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand. You have the flexibility to pursue any number of pathways and go as deep as you’d like into each one.

Among the pathways under development: Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, Health Care Enterprise Management, Real Estate, Scaling Businesses and Social Impact. More to come June 2015.

Applies to Full-Time students who matriculate June 2015 or after.


We offer a flexible curriculum to fit your needs and future plans. Our catalog contains more than 100 MBA courses that constantly adapt to the changing business landscape.

Student Perspectives

A portrait of Adina Lord, student of the JD-MBA program at Kellogg.

Adina Lord

"I’ve always had an interest in law, but I wanted to bring a managerial perspective to a legal setting. That led me to Northwestern’s JD-MBA Program. This program attracts people who are leaders."
A portrait of Viren Tellis, student of the JD-MBA program at Kellogg.

Viren Tellis

“When I was interested in working for a particular start-up company last summer, I connected with a JD-MBA alumnus. He put me in contact with an attorney there, which in turn helped me land a legal position with that company for the summer."

Application Dates

Round 1

Sept. 24, 2014

Round 2

Jan. 7, 2015

Round 3

April 1, 2015